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On Tuesday, when I posted our morning run to DailyMile I mentioned that we got up early to run that morning because we had a meeting to go to that night. But, I didn’t say what the meeting was for because we wanted to make sure it was something we really wanted to do.

We are so glad that we went to the meeting Tuesday night at Fleet Feet Sports in Annapolis because it answered a lot of questions that we had about this before we actually made the commitment to it.

What was the meeting that we went to? It was an Introduction to the Sport of Triathlon Clinic Series! Yes, triathlon! We are so excited to take the next step, after the marathon, of course, and try a triathlon. We even have proof that we were there. You can’t see me very well, but Rob is under the tent right next to the white pole in the hat. I am on the other side of him and all you can see is my ponytail and leg.

The introduction to the sport of triathlon was provided by local triathlon coach from Team In Training, Todd Lawless and Noelle from Fleet Feet Sports.

The meeting was very informative! Todd spoke a little bit about every aspect of a triathlon and answered the multiple questions that came from a group of about 15 of us.

Some of you might be asking, “Why Tri?” To which I am going to respond, “Why Not?” We already have the running aspect of the triathlon under our belts, and we have already started incorporating biking into our marathon training for our cross-training days. When we bought the bikes, we had no intention of completing a triathlon, but as the weeks have gone on, we have come to really enjoy the biking.

So who’s idea was this? Not mine! This was Rob’s idea! How did it come about? Well, we were watching the Ironman World Champion in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on TV a few weeks ago and Rob said that he wouldn’t mind doing a triathlon. Then, the Olympics were on and the showed the Olympic Triathlon! And that was it! We said, “We can do that!” An Olympic Triathlon includes a .93 mile swim, 25 mile bike ride, and 6.2 mile run.

That was a few weeks ago, and we haven’t stopped talking or thinking about it since! I did some research online, found us a local Olympic Triathlon,  and purchased a book to learn some more about the triathlon.

I am currently reading this book…

I am not very far into it yet, but now that we have gone to the first clinic, I am excited to dive into it!

We haven’t officially signed up for a triathlon yet, as you can not register for the triathlon we have in mind. We are most likely going to register for The Columbia Triathlon located in Ellicott City, Maryland. We figured this would be a good first triathlon because it is local and we wouldn’t have to do a lot of traveling. We have already looked at the course maps and know that this is a hilly course, but honestly, we are doing it for the experience. This will be our first triathlon and we are not going for a time goal, but for the goal of finishing it!

Another good thing about it being a local triathlon is that we can drive, bike, and/or run the projected course, if we want to, as it will help us to see what to expect on race day. We have lots of time to train for the triathlon, after the marathon and recovery, since the scheduled date for the Columbia Triathlon is May 19th, 2013!

A funny thing happened on Monday, the day before we were planning on going to the Triathlon Clinic…I went out to get the mail and found this…

And what’s the special in this issue of Women’s Running? Triathlon! It was meant to be!

Our next clinic session is Thursday, September 27th and is going to show us all we need to know about completing the bike leg of a triathlon! Todd showed us a Tri bike and a Road bike on Tuesday…

Of course, we will not be using either of these bikes for our first triathlon, but it was nice to see them and to learn about them.

We are so excited to take our training to the next level! Stay tuned for more updates as we learn about the sport of triathlon and begin our own training towards the end of October!

Thanks for reading!

~Brooke & Rob