I've been toying with the idea of doing triathlons for probably more than a year now, getting these: "Yes, I'm going to do it, dammit!" phases which are usually followed in short order by "Oh, god, no, I could never do it!" phases. A "Yes!" phase struck end November and though the "Oh, god!" phase kicked in after a while, I'm getting exasperated with this endless cycle and decided to just grit my teeth and do it so I can get it out of my system. But the more I read about actual races, the less enthusiastic I feel about it.
No, I'm not scared of the effort, of the commitment. What worries me is that I might not have the right kind of personality. One internet site said triathletes are usually type A personalities, and frankly, I'm more like type Z.
While I love exercise, I prefer taking it way easy. Not for me repetitions of exercises until my muscles want to fail. I'd rather do as many as I can without it becoming a pain, and next time do, say, one more. And the time after that, maybe two more, if I can. And if I can't, or if I actually do one less than before, so what? I'll get there eventually, and gradually. I do have an undeniable drive to always try for a little farther, a little more. But why rush?
I have the ability to push myself really hard, sometimes stupidly so (sitting at the pc with a warm bean bag draped over my upper thigh, having taken my anti-inflammatories and keeping still).
It's the stupid I want to eliminate. I need help to train more sensibly, and I admit I need to consciously train for what I want to accomplish: I do too much to get away with calling myself a casual cyclist and not follow a specific training programme any longer. All that leads to is an approach not suitable for the intensity of my physical activities, and resulting injury. I also want to bring in other sports I love, and swimming and running are things I've enjoyed in the past.
But hell, I'm not competetive. If someone wants to pass me, I'd prefer to slow down so they can just get on with it and go away rather than speeding up to keep ahead of them. The physical effort doesn't scare me. The whole crowd thing makes me nervous, but at the same time I'm often really lonely on my biking adventures and it would be nice to connect with others who love this kind of thing, to have some company now and then.
Aiming for triathlons is going to be a big financial outlay, and I so don't want to do it if I'm clearly not suited for the sport. I'd rather then spend the cash on a handful of bike touring trips to countries I haven't seen yet.
So... those of you who are into triathlons, in your honest opinion, does it sound like I am a suitable candidate, with my type Z personality? If the answer is "No," I'm really keen to turn my focus to long distance and ultra long distance cycling, so either way, I'm going to invest in a road bike soon. In all honesty, I feel I can breathe a little easier when I think of LD/ULDC instead of Tris. But then, on the other hand...
I'm going to go insane, this debate has been going on in my head just about forever. Someone, please help.