Hello, my name is Dean from Essex (Deano to those nearest and dearest) and I’m about to complete my first triathlon at Thorpe Park on Sunday 9th June 2019. I’ve been invited to write up my experience for my cousin Danny’s blog (https://tritobeiron.blog/), which I’ve been following for about a year. Apart from being quite an honor, it was the perfect motivation for starting my own vlog/blog/website and getting into a more regular writing routine.
I’m no swimmer or cyclist, but I absolutely love running – that said, I’m no Kipchoge either! As Murakami says, “I’m more workhorse than race horse.”
I’ve run 4 marathons, including Athens (November 2016, in 4:13), Antwerp (April 2018, in 3:44), Amsterdam (October 2018, in 3:27) and last but not least, London (April 2019, in 3:24). My ultimate running goal for the marathon is to go sub 3 and qualify for Boston.
So despite watching Danny’s efforts and being really inspired and impressed, I’ve put off getting involved in triathlon for a number of reasons:
- Money – I was warned that it’s not a cheap hobby to pursue, and it’s taken me a bit of time to acquire a basic road bike, tri suit and wetsuit. I won’t be wearing cycling shoes or clips this time around, and my only extravagance has been my upgrade to a Garmin Forerunner 910xt from my Forerunner 35. The entry prices are much higher than running events, which I don’t do often, preferring just to train and watch my progress.
- Time – I work ten hour days, most days, and occasional Saturdays. I do my best to spend the last two hours of each day with my wife and two young children, before going to bed at 21:00. To fit training in I get up at 04:30, commute to London, and then run or go to the gym before work. Fitting running into my life has been manageable (although I’ve sacrificed my weekend lie ins), but I don’t know how I’m going to regularly fit in swimming and cycling as well.
- Not my main goal – I started running to get fit, unwind from work, and admittedly now I’m approaching 40 – to avoid the dreaded “dad bod”. So what started as a thrice weekly jog, became marathon training and now my main goal is breaking 3 hours (Berlin 2020). Triathlon for me, at this point, is a good way of cross-training and I’ve not read anywhere that it will hinder my marathon progress.
All of that said, I’ve thrown myself into this challenge as much as my resources, family and work schedule will allow at this point. I’ve just finished reading “Iron War” by Matt Fitzgerald, and the possibility of completing a 140.6 one day has started as a little whisper in the back of my mind…maybe once that sub 3 mountain has been conquered.
I am aiming to post on “Vlog or Blog Mondays” from now on, so stay tuned.