I'm not firmly in the "I will never do a tri" camp, but I'm not eager to do one. Mainly, the swim. TERRIFIED of the swim. I've never been a strong swimmer, and I don't swim ever, so my fear of drowning is actually legitimate. Especially in a race like St. A's where the swim is in Tampa Bay.
What's in a Tri?
Several friends and coworkers from St. Pete Running Company competed in the Olympic distance race at the St. Anthony's Triathlon this year. Let's talk about what that means, shall we?
Swim 1500 meters (about a mile) Bike 24.9 miles Run 10K (6.2 miles)
Swim 750 meters (about 1/2 a mile) Bike 12.4 miles Run 5K (3.1 miles)
Meek and Mighty: (for the kids and people like me at St. Anthony's)
Swim 200 yards (in the pool!) Bike 5.4 miles Run 1 mile
Allow me to repeat: they all did the OLYMPIC distance. A mile swim before all that other stuff. Need I say more?