We all tend to be afraid of what we don’t know or understand. Even if you don’t think you are triathlete material keep reading to see what type of person is a good fit for this sport.
1. If you already are an organized and structured person who is good at planning and following a schedule, you probably have an advantage. But, if you’re a procrastinator looking to break the habit of putting things of to last minute, training for a triathlon will teach you exactly that.
2. Some think they are not fit enough to do a triathlon. But, you don’t just register and compete in a race the following day. Usually it takes a few months of consistent training to build your endurance up to be able to participate. Training for a triathlon is what helps you become fit in the process. It is about being better than you were yesterday. It’s an amazing journey to wellness where you become more healthy and fit each week. The race itself is just a celebration of the amazing progress you’ve made along the way.
3. If you already are a role model, whether it be for your kids, friends, colleges or maybe staff that looks up to you, can you imagine how your decision to take on a triathlon will impact them? They are already looking up to you for leadership and not only you will solidify your position as an amazing go getter, but most likely they will use you as an example and start making decisions that improve their own health and wellness.
4. Maybe you're already a runner. There are so many triathletes that started out as runners. Although running gave them a great endurance base with time they either became bored with it or were forced to stop due to injury. Running is a very high impact repetitive sport. As runners we tend to vary our training by changing intensity or distance. Obviously running is a part of triathlon, but with the other two disciplines you don't have to run as much and adding swimming as well as cycling makes you a more well rounded athlete. Working the different muscles through the three disciplines will not only help one another, but it will reduce the risk of injury because no one muscle is overused with the same repetitive motion everyday.
5. As kids many of us used to swim, bike, and run to play. Not necessarily in that order and not on the same day, but the point is that we enjoyed it. It simply was how many of us enjoyed spending time with our friends. We're now intimidated because it has been decades since that point in our lives. And the fact that we are labeling it a triathlon, a race, a competition my intimidate us. Sure, it is a competition to a small percentage, but majority are just participating because it brings them joy and it is a part of a healthy lifestyle they have adopted. If you were active as a kid, chances are you will love triathlon. And if you entertained yourself with other activities as a child, you will discover a new community of amazingly positive and health conscious people and you may be surprised how contagious that energy can be. "We are all athletes, the only difference is some of us are in training and some are not”.
Since 2001 Peter has worked with individuals from many backgrounds, some taking up exercise for the first time looking for weight loss and toning, and others seeking guidance with a more extreme goal of training for an Ironman triathlon. Peter has published articles in the Competitor Magazine, some of his work was also featured by USA Triathlon, Golf Fitness Magazine and Colorado Runner website.
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