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If you were reading about training for a triathlon what would you want to read?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Sneed, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. Sneed

    Sneed Guest

    Hey SportsJournalists.comers. I'm starting a column that'll run the next four months for a newspaper basically chronicling my experience as a macho ex-college athlete embarrassing myself while training for a triathlon. If you were reading that, what type of stuff would you want to read?

    It's not a huge deal, around 500 words every week plus whatever I blog about (whoo, blogs!) but I'd like every week to be awesome, obviously, so people want to come back and read it. I'd love to hear some SportsJournalists.com thoughts.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Do you have family? Work? I would be interested to know what you are giving up by putting in the hours on the bike, in the water, on the road and how you fit it all in.
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    One year it was my goal to do a triathlon - I ended up doing three of the "sprint" variety. The training was the best part because it really focused my workouts.
    Lesson 1) - there is a big difference between training in a pool and swimming in open water, like, no lane markers so you can't tell if you're going straight.
    Lesson 2) - just because you can complete the distance on a stationary bike, a treadmill and a pool, doesn't mean it will be a piece of cake when you take it outside.
    Lesson 3) - While the first one was my "Olympics" - I realized for most of the rest of the people it was just an early Sunday workout.
  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I'd want to read a message from Idaho, who thrives on triathlons and other forms of self-abuse under the guise of fitness.
    He's the guy around here...
  5. bumpy mcgee

    bumpy mcgee Well-Known Member

    Training for my first half iron man currently. I think the question I'm asked most is how I put in a steady training schedule along with work and planning my upcoming wedding/reception.
    Also, the variety of different workouts I do, how I stay fresh, avoid boredom on those long runs/rides/swims as well as dealing with or how to avoid injuries.
    And no, I'm no great endurance athlete, I have no clue what I'm doing so I try to avoid giving any training tips other than online workouts I use.
  6. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

  7. Equipment. I know it's a counterculture all unto itself among bikers. As someone who would like to try an ironman before the big 4-0, I'm intimidated most by walking into a bike shop and not being able to speak the language.
  8. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    I did a story on an Ironman guy who told me how all the best Ironman competitors piss and even take dumps while on their bikes.

    I wouldn't like to know more about that.
  9. The one about not dropping dead during a triathalon.
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Sure. If you want the easy story...
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