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Spring Forward With Fall Plans

Spring Forward With Fall Plans

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Planning Ahead
It is May, and some of you have jumped into the competitive recreation events around Fairfield County. Some may be working toward running, biking and triathlon events over the next few months. If you are, we hope you are well on your way toward achieving your goals.
Now is also a good time to look ahead to the fall. There are a lot of good events – near and far – for our recreational athletes. Keep in mind, however, that you need to do your homework beforehand.
Athletes don’t just show up and run a marathon, bike 100 miles or complete a triathlon. Even if you enter training with a modicum of fitness, figure on devoting at least 12 weeks to training. If your endurance base is deficient, you may need more. You might event want to add an additional week or two in case of injury or illness.
So if you have set your sites on the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, back up 12 weeks. That puts you in the middle of August to begin training. Later marathons, such as Harrisburg, Philadelphia or Richmond, give you a few additional weeks. If you’re planning an October marathon, such as Hartford, Marine Corps or Bay State, you’ll need to begin training in July. Triathlons in the tri-state region are harder to find after September, so you’ll need to start even sooner if you’re goal race is the Westchester Triathlon (http://westchestertriathlon.org/) on Sept. 29 or the ITPMan Triathlon (http://www.itpfoundation.org) on Sept. 14 in Darien.
Not sure of your training plan? Consult with your trainer. He or she can help you develop a plan that will get you to the starting line safely. You can take it from there.
Take The Kids
If you’ve made a commitment to fitness, why not try to pass along your passion to your children, too.
There are a couple of summer events worth exploring. Some of the best events in Fairfield County are the KIC It Kids Triathlon (http://www.kicittriathlon.com/) on Saturday, June 29 and the Mini Mossman Youth Triathlon (http://www.teammossman.com/events_kids.html ) at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on Saturday, July 13. The Westport YMCA conducts a kids’ triathlon (http://www.westporty.org/index.php/wwfy/wwfy_special_events_post/strong_kids_triathlon_2013) as well in September.
The races are broken down into age divisions, so your 6-year-old will not be racing against a teenager. You could even run with your child in a 5k. Talk about quality family time! It’s a good way to introduce kids to recreational fitness, and not focus on trophies or prizes. Fitness can begin at any time, at any age.
What’s Your Favorite?
There are a lot of great events in Fairfield County during the summer, including half marathons, triathlons, summer series in Norwalk and Westport, the Connecticut Challenge cycling event, and open water swims. Do you have a favorite? Start the discussion with a race you’d recommend to your friends at PTP!