Kokopelli triathalon is calling you, September 13, 2014. Whether you compete or cheer the athletes, there is energy in the air as these athletes dive into Sand Hollow Resevoir, transition to their waiting bikes and then run across the finish line. It’s great fun to see the first athletes come across the finish line, but I also love to see the ones who are out there just to prove to themselves that they can do it.
One of the great things about the Kokopelli event is that there are different difficulties to meet the desires of anyone wanting to participate. In 2014, they are offering:
Sprint—750m Swim / 12.4 mi Bike /5K Run
Olympic—1500m Swim / 20.4 Bike / 10K Run
Duathalon—5K Run / 12.4 mi Bike / 5K Run
Kids Tri—100 m Swim / 2 mi Bike / 1 mi Run
5K Run—5K Run/walk
To the newcomer, just the thought of “triathalon” can be intimidating. I know. I’ve been there, but they are actually a lot of fun and at some of these smaller more local events you find all levels of competitors. There is a camaraderie among the participants and there is nothing like the first time crossing that finish line.
Kokopelli is in a beautiful venue with the red rocks and pretty near perfect temperatures. The water is generally warm enough that a wet suit is not necessary, in fact, if the water temperature is warm enough on race day morning, wet suits may not even be allowed. The bike ride has some rollers but nothing that would qualify as a killer hill, and the run is relatively level as well.
Here are some training schedules to help you get started. My favorite to get started was the tri-newbies.
Tri-newbies beginner training program
10 Week Sprint Training Program
Men’s Health Triathalon Training Guide
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