Tri For a Cure is Less Than 3 Months Away!


Three-month countdown

I woke up Sunday to an e-mail reminder that Tri for a Cure 2017 is only 3 months away!

Will I be ready to swim, bike and run?

So little time

In order to prepare I’m ramping up my running with the Couch to 5K running program 3 days a week. I am also trying to swim twice a week and should start biking twice a week. Plus I like trying a new Equinox class once a week to incorporate strength training and make progress on my New Year’s Resolution.

A little math for me:

3 Run workouts

2 Swim workouts

2 Bike workouts

1 Strength Class


8 workouts a week.

How many days are there in a week again?

This is one reason triathletes often do “brick” workouts where they swim and then bike or bike and then run. It’s not just to help your muscles and mind get used to transitioning between activities, it’s because there simply aren’t enough days in the week to dedicate separate days for each sport.

When do I recover?

I’d like to add another day in for recovery. I think it’s healthy to have at least one day a week where I do nothing, preferably on the weekend so we have more family time.

Looks like there are going to be quite a few bricks in my future! Or quite a few missed workouts. Or both.

At least it’s a sprint!

The good news for me is that it’s a 1/3 mile swim, 15 mile bike and 3 mile run. I can do a bike-run combo in less time than a long run took for half marathon training. Those short distances make it easier to double up workouts and easier to successfully complete the triathlon if there are weeks where I neglect one sport.

I could also pause my New Year’s Resolution, but I think one class a week will actually help diversify my training by incorporating strength work that will help my overall fitness and reduce my chance of injury. So it’s hard to let go.

Want to support me?

Thank you for your kindness! Any amount you can donate to Tri For a Cure helps fight cancer in Maine.

Our family lost my grandfather to cancer in November. He was 81. We’re grateful for the decade he was a cancer survivor before that.

The treatment he received when he was first diagnosed with cancer gave him more time with his family. He saw me get married. He met my children. He took them for rides on his motor boat at the camp he loved so much. That decade mattered.

If you’d like to help more people have an extra decade with their families, you can donate to my Tri For a Cure fundraiser here:



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