|Competitive side coming out, "On your left!"|
Fast forward four years. This former risk analyst and lover of Number Theory (integer delight!) decided in February of this year to sign up with Club Emerald's tri training team. What motivated this guy to tear himself away from his whole numbers? Maybe a love for analyzing training statistics? The Recreational Mathematician says he:
- Needed a challenge (he was recently retired).
- Wanted to lose weight and get in shape.
Sadly, tri training spoiled the Recreational Mathematician's "A" streak. He got his first "B" in a math class. Ever. You see, this new retiree was taking an Elementary Number Theory class at the University of Washington for fun. He found that attending intense lectures and concentrating on numbers for hours was challenging when he had already burned up his energy during his morning brick workout! Nuts!
|Club Emerald swim training|
The Recreational Mathematician's training updates on DailyMile were an inspiration to see - at least one brick workout a week (a first for him), 6 a.m. swims in the cold Lake Washington waters (another first), yoga (another first), spin class (yet another first), and runs galore. Mr. Mathematician says he was easily completing 10 workouts over 6 days for the past 6 months.
In mid-August the Recreational Mathematician completed his first triathlon. He says he has a great sense of accomplishment for 1) getting out of the lake, and 2) being able to do it all. And less than a month later, he completed yet another triathlon!
|Yes, I did it! The swim was by far the most challenging leg.|
- Being part of a team is great support: structured workouts, friendly competition, and camaraderie.
- Buyers remorse: He wishes he had known more about bike gear before he purchased everything.
- The work load will be more than you think for a sprint tri BUT anyone can do it with some good training.
- Triathletes are nice people. They will stop to help you change a flat or give you a pep talk before you take that first plunge into the water.
- He has a competitive streak that he didn't know was there (seeing guys in his age group ahead of him pushed him to take the lead out and pick them off).
- Everyone will have different goals (I think this means you shouldn't compare yourself to others, no?).
- If possible, try to pick up these sports at an earlier age (<55+ yrs).
- Half iron? (the swim was definitely his most difficult so an Olympic distance tri is a logical next step but considering the half iron swim is only slightly longer, why not go for it?!)
- PR in the half? (he wants to earn a sub-1:45 in the near future, previous best of 1:50)
- Marathon? (if he runs a 1:44, he can qualify for NYC!)
- Distance cycling events?
This not-so-average male runner is an inspiration to all first-timers, of all ages.
Check out Sarah and Amy who also were new to swimming, biking, and running when they took on their first triathlons.