Which one should I do?
The Sprint (800m swim, 6 mile bike, 2 mile run)
Mini-Sprint/non-competetive race (400m swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run)
Okay, so I thought the local sprint triathlon was going to be in 7 months, so I thought I'd be fine doing the regular sprint by then.
The problem is, it's in 10 weeks.
I've never done any sort of triathlon before, and I'm not in good shape.
Swimming: I haven't swam in years, but in my experiences I can work up to at least 1000m 3x a week within a couple weeks, and have been able to do it in under 20 minutes after 8 weeks of practice. This seems to me a triathlon with a proportionately much larger swimming part, which I actually favor because swimming is my strength; I'm only worried about building up to an 800 km OPEN WATER swim in just over 2 months. It scares me, to be honest.
Cycling: I can ride 3 miles pretty easily, and do it a few times a week. I think this would be too easy, and that I could complete a 6-mile ride without having to train too hard.
Running: I haven't run in at least a year. I don't think I can run. My knees suck and I am terribly out of shape. A mile might take me 10 minutes, but I'm not sure if I could even run at all after the swimming and cycling.... even walking 2 miles after that, in the shape I'm in now, makes me want to faint.
I'm stressed out because I really want to do this event, but I feel kind of embarrassed for registering for the mini-sprint. I mean.... I've never heard of a mini-sprint before, it's open to children as young as 10, and it's non-competetive.
At the same time, I feel like 10 weeks is not enough time for me to be ready for the full sprint. I am in terrible cardiovascular/muscular shape, though, and I'm afraid I won't be ready. I am nervous and feel I will be lucky to even finish.
I am 25 years old and I'm of average health and weight if that makes any difference with regard to my potential.
So... what do you think?