Triathlons and baseball

Thanks to some of my triathlete friends (Corey, Holly, Jamie and others), I’m strongly considering a sprint triathlon.  Holly told me about several in the next few months, and the one that’s most appealing is at the end of June.  It’s a 300m pool swim, short 10 mile bike, and 3 mile run. Very doable.

I was still on the fence about signing up, but checked their website today to learn that registration is full.  Bummer! I guess I’ll keep looking… and honestly, maybe it’s a good thing! It was March when I last got into the pool, and possibly longer since I did an outdoor ride.  I’m sure spinning would count for something, but it’s not the same.

On a running note, remember the Astros 10k where I lucked out to place first in my age group? Besides the gift card (gone already on a much-needed new swim suit!), they also gave out free tickets to an Astros game, and age group winners were invited to participate in a short pre-race ceremony.  My husband loves baseball so we decided to turn it into a date night out on Wednesday evening.

Walking out on the field

I got there just in time, and ended up at the end of the line.  We all took pictures of the players, although I couldn’t tell you their names.

They displayed our times on the giant screens, and took the camera back and forth across our faces while we all waved and smiled.  That was about it!

Afterwards, I headed up to my seat.  I like baseball for a couple of hours, and then I’m done.  We made it to the 7th inning stretch.

And treated ourselves to some ball park food… a hot dog for Jared, ice cream for me.  🙂

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Am I the only one who struggles to make it to the end of a baseball game?

And, what I’d really love to know, would you consider a triathlon?

44 thoughts on “Triathlons and baseball

  1. Triathlons were my 2010 goal. I did two and lovedddddd them!! I hope you try it- I think it will be my future. Date night looks so fun!
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    • I didn’t realize you did two!! I am a afraid of loving them… all that equipment needed! 🙂 But I hear you- it seems like a healthier long term option in some ways.
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  2. I can only make it through maybe half a baseball game, I don’t know how people can watch something for that long! I did one tri about 5 years, bad experience but I keep considering another one, just need to get back to swimming!

    • Me, too- I can’t sit still that long! Yes- the swimming will be my weakness, I’m thinking if I approach it as a fun race, not a “race race” hopefully it would be a positive experience! 🙂
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  3. Triathlons stress me out – too many what if’s with the bike. I get stressed with the gear for a running event. I think I’d go over the edge with 3 sports.

    Congrats again on the race, that’s such a fun thing to get to go to the game. My husband is a huge baseball fan. He has a rule for never leaving early, so we make it through the games almost every time. My kids have learned, too. recently posted..Too much? and a winnerMy Profile

    • I’m a little nervous about all the gear and switches and all, but I’m willing to give it a try!
      I’m impressed you all make it to the end of every game. My husband would love to, but has learned that it’s unlikely when I’m along. 🙂
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  4. you should TOTALLY DO THE TRI! i’ve done three and they’re awesome. and you don’t need to get a lot of fancy equipment to just start out. sprints are a perfect distance and i now you’ll be hooked.
    not only are they fun, but the training is great because you’re forced to cross train. i’m injury-prone and am at my strongest and healthiest when training for a tri.
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    • I didn’t know you’ve done three!! I’m afraid I may get hooked, too… 🙂 But I agree with you, it seems healthier for my body to keep a mix of cycling (and now swimming) in the routine.
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  5. What a fun race!! I’ve completed an Olympic distance tri and it was so much fun. I loved training for it because it’s built in cross-training and kept me interested. And a sprint distance is totally doable. I love baseball but I too struggle to get to the end of the game unless it’s super close in the late innings.
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  6. I love the Philadelphia Phillies and can sit though a game with no problem. As far as Tri’s go, I can’t swim but do plan to learn. I like the idea of an indoor pool tri for a first time, I will have to see if there is something like that in my area.
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    • We haven’t lived in such a warm climate for years, so my suits (recreational not for the sport) were at least 5 years old! It was time. Yes- I found another tri in July… trying to decide if I should do it…
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  7. That tri sounds perfect! Bummer that it’s full! I’m definitely considering a tri (and I don’t have a road bike)!

    What a fun experience at the Astros game! And I definitely struggle through baseball games, although that ice cream would help a lot. 🙂
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    • The ice cream definitely helped! 🙂 I don’t have a road bike either… my husband isn’t thrilled about the tri idea because of all the equipment involved, but I’m hoping to borrow a bike for the first one, and the water is warm enough down here that wet suits aren’t needed.
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    • Me too to both! I’m not a strong swimmer, that is definitely my biggest concern. And I only have a mountain bike! But I have a friend who said I could borrow one to test out the whole tri thing…
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  8. Well you know how I feel about it 🙂 Please go for it!! It doesn’t matter how you do the first time and believe me, spinning would be enough for a sprint. You have enough fitness to get through it.

    We love baseball, sadly we haven’t been to a Yankees game in about 2 years. Hopefully we can go sometime soon!
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    • Thanks for the encouragement, Jamie! I agree– I wouldn’t worry about time (I don’t even have a clue what a ‘good’ tri time is!) I would just do it for the experience… if I can talk myself into it. 🙂

  9. i get bored at baseball games by the end as well. ice cream looks great— i’ve been craving it a LOT lately.

    triathalons— no desire. I suck at swimming and bikes are so expensive 😉
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    • Those are my fears too- I’m a very weak swimmer, so I would only consider the sprint distance. And I have no desire to buy all the equipment… but I could borrow a bike, and was told I don’t need a wet suit for the lakes down here…
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  10. I did a super sprint tri on a whim last summer. I went out on my husbands bike twice and swam twice in preparation! I figured I can ride a bike and I can swim, I’ll be fine! I was 1st 1st timer and would have won my age group so just sticking to running worked for me 😀 Do it! Oh, here is what I learned – put a marker (e.g. balloons) at the end of the row your bike’s in AND a helium one one a stick (or something vertical) where your bike is in the row. I have no sense of direction so this helped picking up and putting back.
    Also have your bike in the right gear to start off in, I think you’re a cyclist so this is probably stating the obvious to you but it never occurred to me! And practice those transitions, I just did it mentally the night before and on the day and made sure I knew the course and direction of flow in to and out of transitions. Again maybe stating the obvious?! Good luck!

  11. I can’t watch baseball that long, its boring most of the time since they are sitting around waiting for something to happen. I have been considering a Sprint tri as well 🙂 I love swimming but I’m out of practice for the biking. I think it would be fun to try a tri 🙂 go for it!!
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  12. I do one sprint triathlon every year. The swim is definitely the hardest part for me, but it’s so short, I know it’ll be over quickly. And I love the fact that it forces me to really focus on biking and swimming for at least a few months – my body feels so much better when I’m mixing up my cross-training like that. You should definitely go for it – preparing for a swim of that length isn’t as difficult as you might think, and once the swim is done, the rest is easy!
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  13. I love baseball! It depends on the game though; sometimes they just go too long! As for the triathlon, I have never done one. I am intimidated by the transitions for some reason! But I think I am just being a wimp. I think you will have a lot of fun though and spin class will help your! It’s like running on the treadmill; it helps your fitness even if it’s not quite the same!
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  14. I just have to say one more time that I love that you are venturing out and looking to do a tri. I love it and want everyone else to love it too!! Keep us updated!
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