Many moons ago I got started in endurance racing via triathlon. I was into it–I did everything from sprints to half Ironmans (that’s what we called 70.3 back then) to an Ironman.
But then I started liking running more than triathlon and kind of drifted away. It’s been five years now since I’ve done one. I still keep swimming in my life and dabble in a bit of cycling here and there, too. Sometimes I ask myself why–the laws of specicifity dictate that to get better at running, I should just run. But I do enjoy the other two sports, even if in just small doses. And I think my body is happier with a little variety as well.
Last week when I took my downtime from running, I threw in some rides and more swimming. It kind of whet my appetite for putting a little bit of triathlon back in my life. Not 70.3s, definitely not another IM, and not even Olympic distance. But a sprint? I think I am adding one to the early Fall agenda.
I think this will actually work out perfectly with my running plans for the summer. I don’t have a marathon until Dec. 2, so my thinking was to spend the summer concentrating on shorter miles and more speed. With an early September sprint tri, that should work out just perfectly. I’ll still probably be skewed a bit heavily toward running miles compared to traditional triathlon training, but I really don’t want to change that because it’s still my biggest love. But I’m looking forward to shaking things up a bit and revisiting my “roots.”
Who else moves back and forth between triathlons and run training? Do you find you still emphasize the running even when you should be focusing more on cycling and swimming?