When I developed a stress fracture earlier this year I thought for sure some of my time goals for running would never be accomplished but now that I am feeling better I still think some of those goals are still possible if not this year then next year. My goals were to run a 5K in under 25 minutes, a 10K in under 50 minutes, a half-marathon in 1:45 and a marathon in 4 hours. Although I still think these goals may still be possible I have chosen to re-evaluate my goals and have settled on running a marathon (no time goal) and doing a sprint triathlon (no time goal).
A triathlon is scary for me because of the swimming. I am not a swimmer, never have been, not sure I ever will be but I am sure willing to forth my best effort. Every time I tried to swim laps when I was younger I would always have an asthma attack so I never really learned how to swim properly but that is all about to change because I am doing the Danskin Triathlon in Sandy Hook, N.J. on May 9th. Plenty of time to learn to swim and train for the 1/2 mile swim I have ahead of me….right?!?!
This is the description of the race I will be doing in Sandy Hook:
“A Series’ favorite and our only event produced at one of our country’s National Parks. The .5 mile SWIM in the Bay from the U.S. Coast Guard Base at Sandy Hook will be followed by a 10.5 mile BIKE and a 3.1 mile RUN both within the National Park property ensuring minimal vehicular presence and extremely flat terrain.”
I have always wanted to do a triathlon but never really looked into to one until my injury and the timing, location and distance of the Sandy Hook race just happened to be perfect. I think it will be a great challenge and it will force me to cross train more therefore minimizing my chances of getting another injury from too much running. The sprint distance is great because it is long enough to feel challenged but not too long that it is overwhelming especially since I will also be training for a marathon in November (hopefully the NYC, I will find out later today, fingers crossed!).
The Danskin Triathlon Series has eight races throughout the country and is the largest women and girls series in the sport. The eight races consist of sprint distance triathlons (1⁄2 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3 mile run) that are geared toward empowering women in a safe supportive setting. You can participate in these races as an individual or as part of a relay team which is great for first time racers!!!
Danskin’s mentality is all about “women empowering women” and when you combine that mentality with a completely doable race distance you have series that is friendly for all women not just elite athletes. The Danskin Triathlon Series also supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Team Survivor nationally; as well as a local food bank and women’s shelter in each of our Race cities. So why not give it a TRI!!!!!
This is the 2012 Race Schedule:
May 13 – Clermont, FL (greater Orlando area)
June 3 – Austin, TX
July 22 – Webster, MA (greater Boston area)
August 5 – Howell, MI
August 19 – Seattle, WA
August 26 – Chicagoland
September 9 Sandy Hook, NJ
October 7 – Palm Springs, CA
The Danskin Triathlon Series wants YOU to TRI something new. They are offering a complimentary entry to one reader of Running, Loving, Living. The Danskin Triathlon Series is a great first-timer friendly Swim, Bike, Run event that can be done on an individual or Relay team basis. Get your girl friends, sisters, daughters, and nieces involved by signing up to do this fabulous women’s fitness event together – of course if you win, your entry will be free!!! Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below:
Disclosure: Danskin provided me with a free entry into the series as well as a free entry for the giveaway. All thoughts and opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own.