Triathlon training on tour. While you guys know about my constant running while I travel, this post is to report to the homies how easy (and inexpensive) it is to do swim training while touring. I swim in most of cities we hit up and almost always do it for $10 or less. The YMCA is all over the place and the other thing I search for are recreation centers. Rec Centers are great for the community! Usually these pools are mellow and I consistently have my own lane (which is unheard of at the parks pool where I train in NYC). A bunch of friends have told me how much they dig swimming on the road, so with them in mind I'm going to work on a list of pools that I swim in all over the world while on tour. I'll be posting that in the next few days and feel free to add suggestions!
On Sunday, I raced in my fourth triathlon in a five week period. These were my first triathlons and I just began swim training for the first time less than 6 months ago. I was racing the Olympic distance and I did one sprint race. At the race 2 weeks ago, I was 3rd in my age group and my run pace was 6:38 per mile, which I was happy with. Tri racing is an endeavor that I will continue and I am excited to learn ways to improve my time specifically on the swim and bike. A few quick notes:
I completed these races with no gatorade/sugary strangely colored drinks, no gels or processed foods along the way. Simply whole foods and water. I will do a specific post about my race nutrition but happy to report that it is indeed possible to thrive without sugary processed foods/drinks, which seem to be everywhere in these races.
Another truly great positive I took away from these races was the tremendous sense of community and support from other racers, the staff and fans. So cool to connect with others in a positive way especially in a world where these interactions with strangers can sometimes be infrequent.