At the moment, I am still not registered for the triathlon, but it’s only because yesterday I was talking to my younger sister who lives in Philadelphia about it. She has a friend who does this triathlon pretty often and had told my sister that it’s great, and one of the reasons why is because the women who do it are all really supportive of each other. I immediately had thoughts of throngs of women holding hands or something as they crossed the finish line after running. These thoughts disappeared when my sister gave an example of the solidarity–apparently, it’s not uncommon for participants to have panic attacks in the water. Those of you who have visited Philadelphia and had a chance to take a gander at the Schuylkill may understand why. That thing is filthy. And dark. And looks pretty dank. The good news is that if you have a panic attack in the water, other women will stop and comfort you. While you all tread water together, I guess. Danskin also has a number of people they call swim angels in the water, for this exact reason, I’m guessing. I was all set to register and then that news sort of rocked my world. Now I’ve decided to sit for a while with it, as well as Alien‘s comment about focusing on the feet of the person (or people) in front of you, and just concentrating on that instead of the fact that you’re in open water. I’m still pretty sure I’m going to register, I’m just a little nervous now and need a day or two 🙂
So the trying something new thing comes from my decision to try a 5k training plan, which is something I haven’t done before. I am going to run a race I did last year with my older sister; it was her first 5k! She won’t be running this year because by the time it rolls around in early May, she will be very pregnant. I think my mom is going to run it, though. In the past, I’ve just run 5ks for fun (and profit! no, not really). This time around, I’d really like to see how much time I can drop if I really focus on doing some speed work. Since I’m not really doing anything else these days, I figure this is as good a time as any. And once I’m done with the 5k, it will be time to start training for the tri!!
At the moment, I think I am probably just going to go with this training plan from Runner’s World. Does anyone have any suggestions about another plan they have tried and really liked?