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Checkpoint: Is Tri Training Moving Along Swimmingly?



Ohhhh-Oh! We’re halfway there!
Just about, anyway. Now that we’ve completed 5 weeks of SHAPE’s 12-week triathlon training plan, I want to check in with all of you to get your thoughts/feelings/loves/hates of the program and the blog so that I can make the last 6 weeks of the program even better and more beneficial than the first.
How have you been finding the workouts? Hard? Easy? Do you feel that there is a good balance of the different sports? Which one is your favorite? Personally, I am really enjoying swimming. It’s such a great total-body workout. And, while I love running and biking, I don’t really like doing either indoors. So when the weather is bad (like it is today), it puts a damper on my workout. But I can glide through the water of Chelsea Piers' pool rain or shine. 
Time-wise, do you feel that the workouts are doable or overwhelming? Now that the training distances are getting longer do you have time to fit them in before or after work? I’m still having a tough go of it getting up early in the morning, but definitely feel better—and have a more productive day—when I do, so I’ve been trying to remind myself of that when the alarm goes off. 
Do you have any questions you’d like me to ask SHAPE’s triathlon coach, Scott Berlinger? Any topics (gear, transitions, race-day preparations) you’d like me to cover in upcoming blog posts? I want to make sure I leave no triathlon stone unturned.
Sound off in the comments below or tweet me @DaniSMcNally and I’ll be sure to answer your questions in an upcoming post.

Danielle McNally is the associate fitness editor at SHAPE magazine, where she reports on the latest news, trends, and gear in the exercise world, along with the occasional travel and pop culture piece. She was previously an assistant editor at Food Network Magazine, but left shortly after completing the ING New York City Marathon, when she realized her passion for working out. She’s run seven half marathons, and regularly practices yoga and pilates. This summer she’ll be competing in the New Jersey State Triathlon (her first!) and blogging about it here!


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