Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Work Out Wednesday-Triathlon Work Out Challenge

To switch up my work outs, I have decided to challenge myself to a triathlon.  Not in the sense where I complete a triathlon in a single day, but try to complete a triathlon during the course of week through swimming, running walking, and biking as part of my regular work out.  Each day, I will either swim, bike, or walk (remember, I am not a runner!) and log the total distance until I complete a full triathlon. I got this idea from my parents, who did something similar a few years ago. 

There are lots of types of triathlons out there, which combine different criteria for each event.  This includes the Ironman, Sprint, Olympic, Half and Full.  I am going to start with the Olympic.  The breakdown:

Swim: 1600 yards (64 laps in a 25 yard pool)
Bike: 24.9 miles
Walk: 6.2 miles

Goals:

To complete the challenge in one week.
To complete 60 minutes of exercise per day until the challenge is met. I normally exercise for about 45 minutes a day, so I am setting a goal to do an extra 15 minutes each day. 
Log the date, distance, a time each activity takes. 
Write a blog about the experience.

I am guessing it will take me about 3.5 hours to complete this challenge.  I figure I can bike the total distance in about an hour, swim the total distance in about an hour, and walk the total distance in about 1.5 hours.  It will be interesting to see if I can keep the same pace for the whole hour each day, or if I will lose all of my stamina with the extra 15 minutes.  Also, swimming 64 laps will get boring, fast.  I hope I can push through to reach my goal. 

The challenge starts next week. 

1 comment:

  1. This sounds awesome! Good luck & keep us posted!

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