A fascinating world
a basketball player. What skills come to your mind?
You may think quickness, vertical ability, speed,
power, strength, agility, change of direction,
explosiveness. You think of anaerobic training, super
17s, suicides, plyometrics, shuttle runs, etc.
same basketball player now wants to join a running
group to keep up with conditioning for upcoming
basketball games. Surprisingly, she finds out that the
running team she joined for the particular workout was
a triathlon team. Uhmm, a tri-what team???
is how I got introduced to triathlons and aerobic and
endurance training. A coincidence that paved the way
to new challenges and experiences.
I entered the world of triathlon I did not know what
to expect. I come from a team sport so doing
triathlons seemed a very "lonely" sport.
However, I was pleasantly surprised. The positive
environment, support, enthusiasm, and camaraderie that
exists among triathletes makes the sport extremely
early start in the world of cycling. There were no
aerobars back then.
Getting mentally ready for my first triathlon race.
no prior swimming or biking experience, triathlon
seemed an exciting challenge and a good way to
cross-train while off-season from basketball. I have
now joined the Golden
Gate Triathlon Club (GGTC) in San Francisco, CA
and have met some great athletes and individuals.
completed my first Triathlon in June 2002. It was an
unofficial Sprint race: 400 yards swim, 13 miles bike,
and 3.1 miles run. I had a blast!
are 4 types of races in triathlon: Sprint, Olympic,
Half-Ironman, and Ironman. Sprint is the shortest
distance and Ironman is the longest and hardest.
November of 2002,
I completed my very first official Olympic distance
which included 1.5k swim, 40k bike, and 10k run. Read
my race report to learn
about my first Olympic experience.