One of my goals for this year is to pursue a new adventure.  I have wanted to race a triathlon for as long as I can remember, and since my parents very graciously gifted me with a bicycle for my grad school graduation last year, there’s no time like the present!

In January, I signed up for the Central Park Triathlon- a sprint tri taking place completely within Central Park.  It seemed like a safe place to take my first plunge (literally) into multi-sport events for two reasons:  1) it’s a sprint tri (aka the shortest triathlon around) and 2) the swim portion takes place in a swimming pool (aka no sand, seaweed, slime, and other things that may cause chafing when wedged between buttox and bike shorts).

Fast forward to June and I am drinking the triathlon kool-aid  – training is going well, I’m reading every tri article and blog post I can get my hands on, and I’m DESPERATE to sign up for a triathlon with an open water swim.  Bring on the un-chlorinated waters of the ocean – I want to be these people:

run to the ocean

Thanks to banner ads that follow you around the only four major triathlon websites out there, I’m now doing a second sprint tri, TriRock Asbury Park, three weeks after my first.  I mean, I’ll already be trained for it, right?

So here’s hoping I really enjoy swimming, biking and running all in a row, because August is the month of the Triathlon.

Tell me I’m not alone here, have you ever gotten swept up in the excitement of a new healthy habit and gone a little overboard?


About the Author Aubrie Fennecken

Aubrie Fennecken is the Chief Alchemist at Opportunity Kitchen | work + wellness strategist | nonprofit fundraising expert | providing productivity and self-care support for mission-driven humans


  1. Hi! You sound like me haha, I did the Tri-Rock Lake Geneva last year (the super sprint!!) and was hooked. I signed up for 4 this summer and have done two of them so far. I was thinking of signing up for one more in September and then I was like hmmm maybe I’m going overboard?? But triathlons are exciting and fun and hopefully you end up enjoying them as much as I do!

    1. Thanks Natalie- four in one summer sounds intense, but I can totally see how they can be addicting! Best of luck with your upcoming races!!

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