Big news, friends! I’ve started training for an Olympic-Distance Triathlon Swim! Officially kicked off the Summer in a super productive way. I’ll be starting a new series on The TMI Blog called From Lane 8 (thanks #ChefAdrian!) to log my progress up until the big swim in week 12. I’ve also designed a super helpful guide if you’re looking to step up your swimming game!
First, what is an Olympic-Distance Triathlon Swim you ask? Let’s talk about that. There are several different distances for Triathlons and the Olympic Distance, but the four most common include:
- Olympic: A swim of 0.93 miles (1.5 kilometers), 24.8 miles (40 kilometers) bike ride and a run of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).
- Ironman Triathlon: A swim of (3.9-kilometer), a 112-mile (180-kilometer) bike ride and a 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) marathon.
- Half Ironman: A swim of 1.2 miles (1.93 kilometers), 56 miles (90 kilometers) bike ride and 13 miles (21 kilometers) run.
- Sprint or Mini-Triathlons: A 0.5-mile (0.8-kilometer) swim, 15-mile (24-kilometer) bike ride and 3-mile (5-kilometer) run.
I’m training for just the swim portion– anyone up for a relay?
Working out at the gym was not cutting it for me anymore and to really step up my exercise game, I decided there was no better time to get the full body workout in the water. I love swimming. I love being surrounded and submerged in water. It’s peaceful, it’s a necessity and I love that you can better your life by just propelling forward.
I’ve done a ton of research preparing for this training and there is only one site I really felt broke down training for triathlons the easiest. Active.com has all the info for training and locations of triathlons all over the world. The graphic below is based on their 12-week plan, but a little more tailored to my endurance.
That’s usually the next question I get when I’ve mentioned I’m training for the swim portion of a triathlon. While the above swim program is for pool training, the next step after completing the entire swim portion of the Olympic distance is swimming it in open water, where triathlons would take place. Chicago offer’s some great locations for fresh water swimming, but I would ideally love to compete in a fresh water international triathlon relay like in Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, France or Italy.
Stay tuned to the From Lane 8 series as I report back after my first full week of training and where I plan to race!