I survived the Upstate New York Blizzard of 2019. It was only a matter of time before it hit, but it still sucks. I’ve grown to dislike snow. It’s odd because I’ve spent 99.9% of my life in parts of the world where it snows and is cold for several months out of the year. That includes Moscow, Russia.
Nevertheless, I made it through shoveling and clearing off the cars and rewarded myself with a 2:30 ride on the trainer. My complaining about the weather isn’t why you’re here, at least I don’t think that’s why you’re here.
Just as the snow (I can’t let it go, I’m sorry) has worn on me, running has grown on me. It’s slowly becoming my favorite of the three triathlon disciplines because I can simply lace up my sneakers, walk out the front door and run as far and for as long as I like. It requires one piece of equipment, sneakers! And more and more people are making those optional these days it seems.
Swimming doesn’t take much equipment either, really. A suit and goggles is really all you need, but you still need to find a pool. In my case it’s another monthly gym membership and a 20 minute drive to get in the water. Cycling, well… you know. It’s expensive AF and can be dangerous if you live in an area with busy roads. Running, in contrast, is something you can do literally do anywhere and for free.
It’s also the greatest puzzle in triathlon racing, in my opinion. Many races are won and lost on the run. Many PRs are a direct result of the run leg, too. So much of your ability to finish a triathlon strong is dictated by your cycling ability and effort, which makes running such a tricky thing to navigate.
Here’s a look at my workouts from this week