How to train for something you’ve never done before

My company is doing a triathlon.

It’s optional, but pretty much everyone, of course, has trepidation about doing the race, which is why I offered up the relay option (teams of 3, with each person doing one leg of the race). The main point, yes, is just to get people moving, but I was really hoping to get more people to commit to doing the complete sprint distance race. It’s a great thing to train for because it requires commitment and discipline, and is by no means easy, but it’s a sight easier than doing a marathon, for example—and people train for those all the time. But, like I said, happy that people are getting out and doing something. Continue reading

Spin, Baby, Spin

I’ve expounded the joys of spinning to anyone who will listen, and have even dragged my mom and my best friend to classes (the boyfriend is next!). Spinning is AMAZING cardio – and it’s actually a really effective biking-specific training option, especially if you’re caught in the polar vortex and/or just don’t want to go outside. You’ll find that after a spinning session, everything is sore, even your upper body. Continue reading

Triathlon Training for Amateurs

This is probably the best place to start for my first post, since it’s mid-January and I’m a full week into training for this season’s race line-up.

I, like most people, have a full-time job, and it takes me an hour of commute time each way. I also have a great live-in boyfriend, who travels a lot for work, and when he’s actually home I want to spend as much time as I can with him. Both of these things mean that I’m not a fan of waking up at 5am to go to the gym. I bet most people aren’t. Continue reading