Everything looks and sounds better in a list, right? Here is my take on why you should consider a triathlon in 2016:
- The Gear: A lot of cool gear is directed towards triathletes. Everyone loves to be tricked out with the latest tech and training for triathlon provides you tons of opportunities to upgrade your bike, your shoes or all your workout wear.
- Improve your fitness and health: Want to lose some weight? Lean up? Build muscle? A good solid training and nutrition plan will have you in tip top shape in no time. You’ll be working towards a goal and seeing results almost immediately. Your body will thank you.
- Learn about yourself: I’ve never learnt so much about my body physically and mentally since starting training - the fancy gear helps. I’m constantly learning about what makes me tick and it has benefits in all aspects of my life. 3 hour training session on your indoor trainer? Perfect time for some inner reflection and deep thinking.
- Community: Triathletes are serious, serious folks. Usually with a one track mind: let’s talk about triathlons - pot said to kettle, right? All in all though, the people are fantastic. From the waves of fellow bikers on the road, to the runners who chat your ear off Sunday morning, you’ll meet some great people.
- Learn a new skill: So you’re not a good swimmer. Why not learn? Take swimming lessons. Not only will you help achieve your goal of tackling that IRONMAN, but you’ve just learnt a good life skill in the meantime. Have you heard of Global Warming, you’re going to need to know how to swim.
- Eat whatever you want (within reason): I eat a lot. A LOT! Burning 2,000 - 3,000 calories on heavy training days can easily be rewarded with a few slices of pizza or a sugary dessert without regret. But again, in light of #2, don’t get carried away. It’s hard to out train a poor diet.
- Travel with purpose: There are IRONMAN and triathlon events all around the world. Want to go Thailand? Why not train your ass off and as a reward stick around and travel for a week or two? Lazing around on white sand beaches can be extremely motivating.
- Impress Someone (maybe yourself): People will be impressed by your efforts. Shit they should be. It is a lot of work. It is impressive and people are impressed by it. Soak it up.
- Motivate those around you: This sounds a little cheesy but it’s true. Your dedication, effort and results are likely to rub off on someone. Trevor motivated me. I’ve convinced at least one other friend. It’s a good feeling.
- Because you can: What have you got to lose? "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt" ~ Shakespeare. Believe in yourself. Shed your fear. Set a goal. Grind through and get a win! (Oh and then tell us about it)