I’ve never done a triathlon. I don’t swim. I don’t run. And I bike mainly when our copy chief goads me into it. Yes, this is pathetic, especially since I edit Outside’s fitness coverage. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still active: I ski all winter, hike a 12,000-foot peak at least once a week with my dog, and mountain bike endlessly in the summer. I’ve just never been one to sign up for a race three months in advance. That would require planning, which is not exactly a strong suit of mine.
This, of course, is changing this spring. Against my better judgment, I’ve signed on for the Outside In Aspen Triathlon, part of our Outside Triathlon Challenge, and I’ll be following our First-Timer plan. I can feel the pain already.