Welcome to the Smith MultiSport Blog. We’re publishing this blog in conjunction with our website. I am not sure what we’ll end up posting here: articles, anecdotes, news, race reports. This blog, like our new multisport venture, is, is a big experiment. I don’t think that we know where we are going to end up.
I think that we triathletes have a real big problem with “the unknown.”
Triathlon is populated entirely by classic, “Type A” overachievers- it’s just the nature of the sport. And, of course, as such, we must always be in control a situation: we must know what to expect, so that we can prepare for any eventuality- because we won’t fail if we can manage every problem that comes up- right?
Long course triathlon is a particular problem for many triathletes: there are so many unknown variables. Weather; nutrition; injuries; mechanical problems; water conditions. All can play a huge part of the success or failure of the race. It seems mind-boggling, the amount of stuff that you have to take into account.
For those in larger metropolitan areas, with great big triathlon clubs, the answers may be readily available, as there will undoubtedly be a few people in the group who have raced long course, and can tell the tales. But, in smaller communities, the number of Ironman triathletes may be few- or none (with the exception of Lumber City, GA, where there are two Ironman triathletes- representing approximately on half of the population (just joking, Mike and Bruce)). Trying to train in these smaller communities is truly a journey into the unknown.
I can’t tell what the terrain is like in the uncharted territory of our own new multisport venture. However, we do know Ironman terrain intimately-we know what’s going to hurt on mile 16 of the run (your knees and quads, trust me- as well as your neck, because you’re gonna have an abrasion there where your wetsuit will undoubtedly chafe you, even though you are coated in Body Glide); we know how deep the water is at the turnaround at the Ironman Florida swim (it drops precipitously to 40 feet- and, by the way, sharks love to hang out at drop offs).
There’s always gonna be some element of the unknown in long course and in Ironman, but our wish is to help make the journey a little less scary. We would like to help fulfill a need for information and assistance in our communities and others, which may lack a large support group of long-course athletes: through the information on this website, through camps and clinics, and through mentoring.
Your long course journey and our new business: what adventures they’re going to be!