Sprint triathlon = something good to focus on

Being a triathlete is bad-ass. I want to join those ranks. (credit: klaus, flickr.com)

On this, the morning of what I hope is my last podiatrist appointment until I have a head full of gray hair, I told my trainer: “I have a new goal… I want to do a triathlon,  a sprint triathlon.”

“Your goal,” he kindly but sternly said, “should be to have two shoes.”

My trainer Ryan, who I met when I signed up for bootcamp in January, has seen the injury transform from one to three. He became my trainer after I had to drop out of bootcamp. And he’s always at the gym, which is pretty motivating, since I’m usually in the door by 5:30 a.m., 6 on days I need to sleep in. When I’m any later than that, I’m always sure to hear a “you’re late!” from somewhere inside the gym.

I’m good at keeping myself accountable, but it’s nice to have a back-up.

That’s probably why I waited until today to tell him about my new goal.

I had already put the feelers out on Facebook and Twitter last week:

“I want to be a (sprint) triathlete. I am very excited about all my swimming. Who has tips for good first races?”

Getting ahead of myself? Probably.

But I’ve had my ass planted on a bike for months now. I’ve taken up swimming. I hope to run when I’m well. Why not put them all together? Cross-training is widely accepted as a good way to prevent injury.

On top of that, I firmly believe it’s helpful to have a goal to get me through what in the past has been utterly depressing.

Several of my social media (and real life) friends threw out some great ideas for first-timers:

But the one that really caught my eye was a half sprint. What could be better for someone like me who has kept in relatively good shape for the last five months of injury?

Fleet Feet Chicago puts on one of these bad boys this summer, and I’ve got my eye on it.

The Chicago Super Sprint, held on Aug. 28, features an easy .25-mile swim, a 6.2-mile bike ride and a 1.55-mile run. I could probably do all those distances without even training. (But that’s inviting injury, so I won’t.)

Fingers crossed that I meet my first goal tonight: The doctor’s OK to ditch the cast and the boot in favor of a second shoe.

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7 responses to “Sprint triathlon = something good to focus on

  1. Sara G.

    I just found your blog and absolutely LOVE it! I have had my fair share of injuries over the past couple years, and have many of the same sentiments regarding recovery!

    I fully support that you do the Super Sprint Triathlon! I’ve been forced to cross train after dealing with a Sciatic nerve injury last year (that forced me to abandon my hopes of running the Chicago Marathon), and I too have decided to put that cross training to use and do the International Distance in the Chicago Triathlon this summer!

    It’s good to know that there are other people out there who become just as depressed when injuries force you to be sidelined!

    • Thanks for your comment! Darn it — I thought I was the only one who was brilliant enough to put the “forced” cross-training to good use ;)

      I’m sorry to hear about your injury; it sounds painful. And I’m sorry you had to drop out of the marathon. If I can’t start training for it by mid-June, I’ll be right there with you.

      Best of luck in your tri this summer — how exciting! Way to keep the depression at bay and channel that energy to something better. Keep me posted of your progress, please!

  2. HI Kirsten,
    Cool blog.. sorry to hear about the injuries.. total bummer.. It is great you are doing cross training. swimming is the best.. I know how disheartening injuries can be, from being an athlete and a coach. I had ACL reconstruction.. but got through it great.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    P.S. Would love to chat with you offline about training with our group.. we are the only “all women’s” focused training group in Chicago.

    • Thanks for sharing. I’m always amazed at how supportive the running community is of one of its “fallen,” if you will. I’d be very interested in chatting offline. It’ll be a while before I’m able to go full-speed ahead, but it can’t hurt to start planning! I’ve got your email in my system. Look for a note from me shortly… :)

  3. Hi – just found your blog from Fleet Feet’s FB post. I’m on week 4 of boot/crutches for a stress fracture (at least 4 more to go), and taking swimming lessons to combat the lack of movement, and starting to have triathlon fantasies of my own. Last year I ran two 50k s and a marathon, this year, well… I’d love to commiserate and share ideas of how to get through all this. Good luck!!

    • Let the commiserating begin! Thanks for checking out my post/blog , Claudia!

      It sure is frustrating, I know. I hope for a speedy recovery for you.

      One thing I’ve found that makes me feel better is volunteering at the races I’ve registered for but can’t run.

      • I was just looking at the post asking for volunteers for the Soldier Field 10k and thinking about doing that. Volunteering is what got me obsessed with the Lakefront 50k.

        Good idea! I’ll sign up to help at a race. I’m happily not signed up for any races that I’m going to miss, but should still get out there and help.