Mike said something that made me laugh, but also made me think, yesterday. He admitted in his DailyMile post about the run that running has not been going well for him lately, something that I also wrote about on here a little while ago (though it has gotten better for me since then). While we were talking about running he said, "do you think that we are having so many issues with running because it is impossible to be full-time triathletes and full-time runners?"
It made me laugh just because when I hear the words "full-time" I think of a job, but I guess we do take running/triathlons as, if not more, seriously than our actual jobs.
Then it made me think, well yea of course we can't be full-time triathletes AND runners. Though that is what we have been trying to do ever since we started training for our first sprint triathlon last year. We don't stop running road races while training for triathlons, and this year we haven't stopped swimming and biking just because we are training for a marathon.
We trained for the Cleveland Marathon and Musselman 70.3 at the same time
In the end, I think we are eventually going to have to make a decision. Not that we can't do both, but for now I think we identify more as triathletes than as runners. Even though running isn't going that well for us, I felt great during the run leg of our recent sprint triathlon. I look forward to getting in the pool or lake for a swim and getting in the saddle for a ride.
Smiling during each leg of the triathlon last weekend
Next year we are going to be training for an Ironman, for about six months or so, which isn't going to allow for a lot of road racing. At least not in the RACING racing sense, we can use them as training runs if we want and we probably will.
If you take a look at our upcoming races calendar for next year, the majority of races we have planned are triathlons (we have the Boilermaker on there but I'm 99% sure I want to do the Double Mussel and do both the sprint and 70.3 again next year).
Mike and I love road racing, and we always will, but I think that trying to TRAIN for both triathlons and road racing is going to have to take a back seat after this year. We'll still have to get out there and run 20 milers next year, since we'll be running (or crawling) a marathon at the end of our Ironman, but it will have a different purpose. We won't be running for a PR, we'll be running to survive a 140.6.
Triathletes, through and through
I am a triathlete, and I think the time has come to primarily train for and race triathlons. At least for a few years.