I did my first triathlon twenty-six years ago and have enjoyed it consistently through many phases of my life. I have seen it evolve in many ways while the spirit of the sport remains very much the same. It is a special sport. Its community infectious and inviting. Its races contagious. Cross a finish line and you will be hooked to the feeling it gives you. Experience the atmosphere and you will be begging for more.
My goal is to introduce as many people to the sport as possible, no matter their age or socioeconomic status. If you are considering a triathlon in 2018, here are a few things I want to share with you:
- Don’t Be Intimidated. Ironman has given the illusion that triathlon is only for the top 2% of fit people on the planet, but this is not the case. Triathlon is enjoyed by all types of people as a great way to get in shape. You can do it – I personally guarantee it.
- There are short beginner-friendly races available almost every weekend. For locals, check out the VTSMTS Series, Rev 3 Sprint Series, and Go To Eleven Racing. Also, consider the East Coast Triathlon Festival Super Sprint which is the shortest of all adult races with only a 375m swim, 6 mile bike, 1.5 mile run.
- These is tons of support available including training partners, coaches, and triathlon clubs across the country. Sign up with a friend and commit to doing this together.
- The community is super welcoming to new people. You are going to find people genuinely wanting to help you, races which celebrate the last finisher more than the first, and encouragement all along the way.
If you want to learn more about how to get started, join me on Monday (February 5th) at 7pm at Endorphin Fitness where I will be presenting a Guide to Your First Triathlon. This presentation will include how to train, choosing the right equipment, picking the right race, race day nutrition, and then take you through what to expect at your first race. Rsvp today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, we have a Beginner Triathlon Team starting March 5th (details below) which is the perfect intro to the sport.