Have you been thinking about competing in a triathlon event, but can’t make up your mind? Here are 3 reasons to stop procrastinating and take the plunge.
Whether you’re afraid of the swim, or don’t think you have enough time to prepare, many people are interested in attempting multisport, but continue to put it off for one reason or another. As triathlon becomes more popular, you can find one just about anywhere. With some preparation and guts, you can be swimming, cycling and running to the finish line in just a few months. Here are three reasons why you should soon be crossing this goal off your bucket list:
* 1. It’s not as difficult as you think. Part of the appeal of triathlon is that it is quite elementary. Swimming, biking and running are likely the first physical exercise activities that many of us learned as children. Get back to the basics by training in the three disciplines two or three times a week (each), as you build your cardiovascular base. Depending on your fitness level and how attracted you are to endurance events, decide what distance you want to race. Did you know that there are short (sprint distance) triathlons that will take less than a couple of hours to finish? You don’t have to do an Ironman to be a triathlete.
* 2. Accomplishing your goal will boost your confidence. As Americans, we are particularly used to getting instant gratification, but the goals that require effort over an extended period of time are often the most fruitful. If you want to make the most of your triathlon experience, you can’t put your training off to the last minute. Savor the journey.
* 3. Do it for the glory and thrill. Not much compares to the feeling of winning. Whether you are beating the guy next to you, racing against your personal best, or competing to be a positive role model for your family and community, finding the spirit to push yourself is extremely rewarding. Pain is temporary, glory last forever.
So stop debating whether or not you can do it. Register for a race and give yourself at least 13 weeks to prepare. For most people, I would recommend doing a sprint triathlon first (approx. 400 yd. swim, 12 mile bike and 5k run). Even if you are a seasoned endurance athlete there are nuances and complexities in triathlon that simply don’t exist in solo sports. Give yourself adequate time to research, prepare, gather the essential equipment, and adhere to a solid training program. With focus, planning and commitment, you can successfully compete in your first triathlon by next season.
Wishing You Health and Happiness,
Staff Writer: @hollylowejones