Are You Ready for a Triathlon?
The end of the year is coming, which means the New Year is just around the corner! This also means that the thought of New Years resolutions are starting. Are you one that has thought about putting a triathlon on your list? Or maybe you have friends that have done one, and you are starting to get the bug. Maybe it has been on your bucket list for a while. Whatever the reason, you have probably asked yourself many times, “Should I do a triathlon?” Read these eight reasons why you should sign up for that triathlon now.
You Will Get Better At A Sport You Aren’t Good At
More than likely you have some history of swimming, biking or running. Whether it is participating in fun 5k’s, swimming on the swim team as a kid, or biking to the grocery store, you have some experience in one or two sports. But, chances are really good that there is at least one of the three sports that your are really not good at. One of the great things about doing a triathlon, is that you will get at least somewhat good, and comfortable at that sport! At the start of the season you may not be able to put your face in the water and you may be terrified of swimming to the other end of the pool. Don’t even mention the thought of swimming in open water for this race! But- race day arrives, and you make it through the swim just fine!
You Will Get Over Your Fear Of Water
At least a little bit. With the hours you end up putting in the pool and then eventually in the open water, it is going to help you get over your fear of water! If you have one, of course. You will learn how to breathe while in the water, and will learn how to be calm in the water. In order to make it through the swim portion of a triathlon, you must master these two items. The added benefit of this, is that it comes with getting comfortable in water, which helps you get over your fear. Can’t beat that!
You Will Meet Some Great People
Triathlon is a world in itself. When you make the decision to do a triathlon, you become a triathlete and a part of this world. There are some of the best people in this world of triathlon. You will find people who inspire you, who encourage you and who support you. These people will be the ones that understand you when you talk about triathlon, or when you need to go to bed early so you can do that early morning workout. They will become your best friends during the season, and continue into lifelong friends. They will see you at some of your worst times, and some of your best, and will support and understand both! So when you decide to do a triathlon, don’t miss out on the great people that come along with it.
It Is A Great Mental (and Physical) Challenge
Yes, triathlon is a physical sport, but that is obvious. What isn’t as obvious is how mental triathlon is. Participating in a triathlon, and the training that comes along with it, will not only make you stronger physically, but mentally, too. You will will find yourself digging deeper into yourself than ever before, and you will find that it is your mind that usually gives in first, not your body. You will learn over time how to overcome that fight. And then you will learn how triathlon correlates to the rest of your life, and how much stronger you become, mentally, in the rest of your life.
You Will Be Inspired
There is no doubt about it that you will be inspired at one point or another along your triathlon journey. It may be from people that you meet and their own stories. The single mom, who somehow manages to get in training while raising two kids and working a full time job. The triathlete who has survived cancer, and is working to get their life back. The stories are endless. It may also be hearing the success stories of those that were in your shoes just a year or two before. You are more than likely an inspiration to another triathlete too, so don’t be afraid to share your story, and to listen to others!
You Will Have Lots To Talk About
Through your triathlon journey, you will find that you will have a lot to talk about. With your family, your friends, your coworkers and with complete strangers. And, you will also find that a lot of people will ask you questions about what you are doing. You may love to talk about your great swim workout, the coach you met, and the new food you have been eating. People may ask how you fit it all in, what will you do next and plenty more questions. If you don’t like to share everything with everyone, then it may be good to keep a journal. It will be an experience you will want to remember, in some form!
You Will Feel Accomplished
There is one thing for sure that will happen through your triathlon journey. You will feel accomplished. There really isn’t anything better than crossing that finish line of your race, looking back on everything you did and went through to get there. You may look back to that first bike ride where you struggled to get your feet clipped into the pedals. Or the first run you did that you felt every muscle in your body in the first block. You will look back on all of the road blocks, sacrifices and hard days that you had, and be proud of everything you accomplished to cross that finish line. It may not be easy, but you will have made it!
You Will Learn Things About Yourself That You Never Knew
There might be days where you feel there is no possible way to get out and get that run in. It’s raining outside, there is laundry to do, the kids are crying and you have no energy. At the time it may seem impossible. But, you also know that in order to do well in the triathlon that you signed up for, you put on your shoes and your rain jacket, give your kids a kiss and head out the door. It may suck, at first. But, it is guaranteed that you will not regret doing it. You are going to surprise yourself in what you are actually capable of doing. And the more you surprise yourself, the more you start to realize what you are truly capable of, and those boundaries you thought you had, will soon become less and less.