I’ve got some exciting news today! It’s been a long time since I’ve done a race due to my SI joint injury, and I definitely miss the feeling of signing up for a race, training for something hard, and crossing the finish line. I’m going to be starting a slow, supervised return to running in a few weeks with my PT, but I’m so far away from being race ready again. And let’s face it, that’s how I got injured in the first place so I’m not exactly in a rush to get back to competitive running anytime soon. But luckily there’s a few races coming up in Anchorage that don’t involve running, and I signed up for them both!
Race #1 is the Bike for Women. It’s a 9 mile bike race in the hilly suburbs of Anchorage. I’ve never done a bike race before and I’m definitely nervous about the hills and the crowds, but I’m excited to cross my first finish line on a bike!
Race #2 is the Gold Nugget Triathlon! I’ll be swimming 500 yards in the Bartlett High pool, biking 12 miles along the Glenn Highway, and walking and/or running 4.1 miles on a dirt trail back to the high school. Yeah, there’s supposed to be some “running” involved in a swim/bike/run event, but my PT cleared me to sign up because she said I can easily walk the course. I did this women’s only, newbie friendly race last year as my first triathlon, and it was awesome. The experience of training for my first tri was life changing (check out my Tri Newbie Chronicles page for more information about what it was like), and I’m looking forward to doing it again with a little bit more experience under my belt. I’m literally going to start training on Friday because I have a lot of catching up to do!
Bike for Women is on May 7th, and the GNT is on May 21st. Because I can’t run yet and I have PT twice a week, I can’t really follow a typical training plan. So my homemade training plan for both of these races will be:
- 2 days biking/spin
- 2 days swimming
- 2 days of PT
- 1 rest day
I’m planning on signing up for adult swim class again because I know I need as much professional help with swimming as I can get and it was so much fun last year. I’m also hoping to make one workout a week into a brick workout – so either swimming 10 laps before spin class, or walking a few miles on the treadmill after a spin class. I think my PT workouts will soon have some running in them, so hopefully this combo of workouts will get me ready for my second triathlon!
How am I feeling about signing up for my first race in months, especially since I can’t run yet? I’m really excited to be training for something new! Races are a huge way for me to motivate myself to work out and I can’t wait to get started!
Have you ever done a bike race or a triathlon? Any tips for me?