Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ten Great Things About Triathlons

Triathlons are done for me this season so I'll have just dream about them and look forward to next year.  Why do I love them so much?

1. Triathlons are just plain tremendously, fantastic fun.

2. I have not been injured since I started doing triathlons after spending part of each year "out" for a few years in a row.

3.  They build your confidence as you race in a discipline you're not good at or comfortable in.

4. They get you out of your comfort zone as you attempt that new sport you would ordinarily never race in.

5. They get you out of your comfort zone as you swim in open water  that is stressful for so many reasons. (maybe I'm not making this sound like fun)

6. There are so many stats when you are done.  If you aren't happy with your swim time, maybe you are thrilled with your bike.  Maybe you improved your transition.  Something in all those stats is bound to make you happy with it's improvement.  I love this!

7. I would never enter a bike race yet I love bike racing. Triathlons give me a chance to do it.

8. You can say, "Of course, my run wasn't fast. I had already swum and biked."

9. Triathletes are very friendly and it's a chance to meet even more new people.  I almost always make new friends before the swim as I seek to  calm my nerves.  I have certainly discovered I am not the only one out there who is not confident in all 3 sports.

10. And it's worth repeating. Triathlons are just plain tremendously, fantastic fun.


Char said...

You make it sound like so much fun. I almost thought about doing it - for a second. Then sanity resurfaced and I talked myself out of it.

Kate Geisen said...

I love number 8 the most!!

I've loved reading about your triathlon experiences. Not enough to sign up for one myself, but enough to look forward to yours. :)

Jenn said...

Love this! A couple of these made me laugh!! Gets me excited for next year! I've never done a triathlon but 2014 will be the year I break in and I have a feeling I'm going to fall in love!!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Great to hear that now that you're doing them you've avoided injuries. Makes me want to ride my bike today!

Unknown said...

I like how triathlons Mix things up. Not just one discipline, but three

Darlene said...

Look tempting...NOT!

Teamarcia said...

You make a very compelling argument. But are blow-up water wings allowed?

Jim ... 50after40 said...

Good for you on having the courage, talent, and gumption to do them! I can't believe that someday I won't join you, but for now my hat is off to all of you three-sport folks!

Johann said...

Great post! I agree with you although I only run currently. My ultra running goals are still out there and maybe after that... I did do a few triathlons in the 1990's.

Anonymous said...

What ho, it's time to get your travel on - it's tri season in the Southern Hemisphere!