Anyone who reads my blog knows that I have registered for my first Half Ironman Distance Triathlon….Rev3Tri at Cedar Point. I’m super stoked, yet I’m going into personal uncharted territory. Uncharted territory is nothing new for me. Heck, almost 5 years ago I jumped into running with no idea what I was doing. I did a ton o’ research mixed with trial and error. I think I’ve been pretty “successful” in my endeavor. By successful, I mean I’ve trained for many races, have lived to tell about it, and am still running. Not to mention, I want more. Yeah, that’s success in my book.
Like I said, previously I’ve always turned to the Internet for guidance on training. I’ve used a variety of different training plans and have been happy. I’ve also used basic common sense. This time around I think I need to kick it up a notch. I think it’s time to put some money on the table. What do I mean? I think A-I need to purchase a training plan. Or B-I need a coach. What?! Yeah, little ol’ me. I think it may be time. Never in my mind did I ever think I’d consider having a coach let alone follow through with it.
I’ve had a few recommend just going through BeginnerTriathlete.com. I’ve also had a local triathlete recommend their coach who is also local. To be honest, I have no idea where to start, what questions to ask, etc.
I’m looking for your input!
A little bit about my history and goals….
I’ve been running since 2007. I’m not fast. I do it for enjoyment, exercise, and the challenge. My main focus has been on 5ks, although I completed the Cleveland Half Marathon on 2008. Since then I had some health issues, which lead to medical bills, meaning I cut back on my races. I still stuck with my running.
I did my first sprint triathlon in 2011. Obviously my first Half Rev is planned for late summer 2012. My goal: prepare myself physically and mentally to complete the Half Ironman distance, preferably in a respectable amount of time. Right now I’m trying to not only make a training plan but also a race schedule for 2012. I’m thinking a half marathon in early spring followed by several sprint/oly triathlons leading up to the Half Rev. Although I’ve had other “big” races this would be my first year of actually planning a race schedule per se.
So, help a sista out. Where and what should I do?