For those who are up to the challenge, a triathlon can be a fulfilling, life-changing experience.
You would undoubtedly get a sense of achievement for the goals you need to set along the way. There is actually a great sense of community among triathlon athletes, and you will always find somebody to support and motivate you.
The Three Aspects of a Triathlon
A triathlon is a multi-disciplinary event that involves cycling, running and swimming over a set distance. So, obviously, you do need to be relatively proficient in all three disciplines.
Competing in a triathlon requires a lot of planning and a comprehensive training schedule to ensure you can hit the finish line. Also, not to mention resilience and self-confidence.
Determine which is your weakest area, and make that your initial focus.
Find a Triathlon
The first step would be to take a look at the British Triathlon website for details of all upcoming events. They have a useful section that allows you to find an event within a certain distance from your postcode.
It may be best to find a triathlon that is approximately six months ahead to allow you to build up your fitness to the required level. Perhaps start with shorter distances that are more achievable rather than going for a full Ironman event!
Choose your course wisely too. For example, will the swimming section be outdoors or in a pool? Will the cycling event cover hilly terrain? Don’t forget to factor in the cost of the event, as it is unlikely to be free.
If a triathlon is on your bucket list, nothing is going to beat your sense of pride as you cross the finish line!