Friday Foto: Triathlon Training Is Done. It’s Go Time

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Triathletes dash into the water at the start of the World Military Triathlon in California. (Photo: Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jason R. William/US Navy)

That’s going to be me on Sunday at the Montauk Point Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon.

I’m really excited for the race. It’s my third triathlon, and unlike my first two triathlons I’ve actually had a decent triathlon training season. I missed one week of swimming and cycling and two weeks of running because of a hip injury, for which I’m still in physical therapy. Then I spent another two weeks slowly easing back into triathlon training. So I missed a good chunk, but not so much that I feel unprepared. I’ve been swimming and cycling about once a week each and running three times a week since then.

My hip still isn’t 100 percent, but my doctor and physical therapist cleared me to swim, bike and run. Because of the injury I have some lingering tightness, weakness and bursitis in the joint. So I’m not going to worry about nabbing a personal record at this triathlon. I haven’t been tapering these last few weeks. Instead, I’ve been ramping up my triathlon training post injury as my hip has gotten better. So I’m going to push as hard as my hip will let me and I’ll be fine with whatever time that means.

I’m just excited to splash into the water in my wetsuit, get onto the road with my new bike, and hit the pavement hard on the run.

Triathlon training is done. It’s go time. Here goes!

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


07 2013

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  1. 1

    I’m so excited for you! Enjoy the tri … I can’t wait to read about it afterwards!
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  2. 3

    You are going to do so awesome, especially with the new bike! Sending positive vibes your way and I’ll be cheering from afar! Can’t wait to read all about it!
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  3. 5

    Good luck and enjoy! Side note: How does one truly convince oneself that it’s a race to enjoy and not push for time goals? And can it be done midrace when you realize the weather conditions are just not gonna let you excel? (Fodder for a future post … )
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    • Karla Bruning

      Yes and yes. I find it really easy to say x race is for racing, y is for training and z is for fun. But I’ve also gone into races with a plan A for a time goal and plan B to bail on said time goal. I TOTALLY did that at Disney Wine & Dine 2011. I had a PR attempt in mind. Was on pace til mile 7, but it was SO hot and humid, I threw in the towel on that and spent the next 6 miles stopping to visit with Disney characters!
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  4. 7

    Have a great race! At least with the warm temps you’ve been experiencing the swim will be comfortable. New bike looks good – great price. BTW, I did my first tri season with toe-clip pedals – no problem at all, made the bike to run transition fast. Not sure how popular they are now, but ‘platform pedals’ were all the go back then for duathlons to save transition time.
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  5. 9

    I know this is after the fact but GOOD LUCK! Well, I guess now I can say CONGRATULATIONS! Hope you had an awesome (and healthy) race!


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