Having never attempted a triathlon before, I wonder if it’s a challenge too far, or whether it’s just what I need?
Since injuring my knee over 2 years ago now my fitness regime has changed dramatically. From pounding the streets 3 times a week, enjoying race events and always trying for new PB’s; I’ve had no choice but to give up on my half marathon dream and look elsewhere for feel good fitness workouts.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has become ‘my thing’ and with saving up for the wedding it’s been easy enough to workout at home and save the cost of a gym membership too which has been an added bonus.
I also branched out and bought some weights so that I could do Bodypump sessions and overall I’ve loved my home workouts. They tend to be no longer than 30 minutes of hard work and then after a quick shower I can get straight on with the day.
Adapting my fitness regime has helped me stay of track with my weight goals too, I my start weight last year was 10st 6lb and I’m currently 9st 8lb so I feel much healthier and stronger too.
I’m at the point now though where I’m getting a little bored and I really need to switch it up to keep up my enthusiasm going so my friends over at Team HP Life suggested I train for a triathlon!
She’s tried to get me to sign up for the last 2 years but with a sore knee I’ve had a reasonable ‘excuse’ not to get involved, but this year I feel like it might just be the challenge I need. I’m the first to admit that my ongoing knee pain is possibly because I’m crap at keeping up with my physio so that is something I’m really going to have to book my ideas up with if I am going to do this.
There are one or two other things though that could be potential issues. Firstly, I don’t own a bike. Secondly, I can’t remember the last time I went swimming (although I do remember that I wasn’t all that good at it!).
So is signing up for a Triathlon a challenge too far? Or is it the boost that I need?
I miss the dedication I had to running, the achievement I felt when I improved and the freedom it gave me being outdoors. Will my knee strengthen with triathlon cross training, enough for me to complete the required 5k? Or will this be another road to fitness frustration?