It was always at the back of my mind to complete a triathlon by the time I was 30. But I didn’t do much about it until my cousin managed to convince me to do the swim leg for a relay team. Ah, she forgot to mention how big the waves were. There were people surfing in on the waves we were trying to swim against!!!
But one race was all it took for me to find myself at the bike shop and starting down the road of training for my first full tri.
- The healthy (ish!) living – You do start to try and get the most energy from your food.
- The sense of accomplishment – When you finish a hard training session those endorphins are amazing. When you finish a race, well, you’re mighty proud of yourself.
- The mental health benefits – With all the fresh air and exercise you’re guaranteed to feel the benefit mentally. We notice in our house that when someone is injured, everyone is a bit moodier!
- The social life – Joining a triathlon club, Piranha was ours, is great for meeting people. Nights out and weekends away during race season, or warm weather training during the winter keep you busy.
- The cost – Triathlon is an expensive sport. The equipment can add up, the more you get into the sport, the more you want to get the latest and greatest bike or wetsuit. You’ll find yourself joining a gym and getting extra training in your weakest discipline. Race entry fees are also spendy.
- The commitment – There’s no point in kidding yourself thinking 2/3 sessions a week will get you racing at a comfortable level. Even for a hobby beginner like me (I’ll always be a beginner with the long breaks I keep taking), you need to make the 2/3 run sessions a week, 2/3 swim sessions a week, a long bike ride at weekends and add in some strength and conditioning work too.
- The storage needs – A recurring issue with all of my hobbies. Bikes, cycling gear for winter and summer, run gear for winter and summer, pool swim gear, sea swim gear…..you’ve guessed it reason: #4 for an extension 🙂
Achieving a personal goal like this for me was fantastic. I’m never going to be very fast or finish on a podium, for me it’s about completing a race. To date, I’ve only completed a try-a-tri and a few sprints, but I’m happy with that seeing as two of them were after I had Missy. Again, with baby number 2 on the way, I reckon it will be a few years before I do another one, but I’m hoping to get back to running soon.