Sunday, January 26, 2014

2014 Triathlon in a Month

Winter weather can be frustrating for those who like to exercise outside. The cold temperatures, poor air quality, and snow and ice do not make for ideal exercise conditions. Despite the harsh weather, I am excited to announce Your Fitness Quest's second annual February Triathlon which can be done indoors.
This triathlon is unique because it is one you can do at your own pace. Very few people are able to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, then run a full marathon of 26.2 miles in one day. The Iron Man record was set in 2011 by Craig Alexander with a time of 8 hours, 3 minutes, and 55 seconds. My hat is off to the hard core athletes who are able to accomplish such amazing feats, but I think that's a little too extreme and daunting for the general population. That is why I like the idea of completing a full blown triathlon but doing it over the course of a month so we don't all end up hospitalized from trying to finish it all in one day.

Some people may think that taking a month is too easy for them while others doubt they could ever do it. That is the beauty of having an at your own pace event. If you are already in great shape, then go for it and try to finish it in a couple days or within a week. If you know it will be hard and challenging for you, then just chip away at it day by day and take the entire month to accomplish it. Luckily we don't have the usual 17 hour cut off time to qualify that they do at the Iron Man Triathlon.

This is a great opportunity to start working on your cardio conditioning again after the holidays. It's also a great way to actually complete a triathlon without killing yourself. I'm excited about the positive feedback I've received and by the many people who are going way out of their comfort zones to participate in this event.

Because this is a do it on your own event, we are on the honor system but you are also able to do it at your local gym or even home (except for the swim part). The only rule is that it doesn't start until Feb.1st. You can do all the swimming at once or combine events each time you work out as long as you hit the totals for each category. Most people have access to a public pool. You can use treadmills or run outside if you want, ride stationary bikes at the gym or take a spin on the roads if conditions permit.

If you'd like to join us, you can register by e-mailing me at I will send you the activity tracker sheet you can use to monitor your progress. Registration and participation is free. Your Fitness Quest is not responsible for any accident or injury of the participants.

swim 2.4 miles
bike 112 miles
Run 26.2 miles
You have 28 days to complete all three categories. Those who do so will be listed on the website along with the date they finished. Let's see who can beat their time from last year or just finish a triathlon for the first time. The fun starts Feb.1st so come and join us!