Welcome to the first of a series of posts in triathlon related topics. This first post is about the sport of triathlon in general.
You have foud this article because either someone told you about the Northern Lights Triathlon Club or you might have seen one of the signs or you are already a member. The important part is that you are reading this now!
Triathlon is the combination of swimming, biking, running in that order all back to back. Doing one of these sports can be tough enough on for anybody, the fun and challange is doing them all together. The thought of doing multiple sports at the same time can be scary at first, rest assured...everyone felt that way when they first thought about it. I remember my first introduction to the sport very well. I was running on the track at our local sports complex for the hundred time and it was getting a little boring. I was in need to change things up and well it happened to be then at that exact time that the spin coach said "free trial" as I was running through that specific corner of the track! I gave it a shot and before I knew it I was part of the club and training with a bunch of new friends.
The initial hurdle of getting into the sport is often "where do I start?", "Do I need all that gear?", "I can't swim well" and the list goes on. Really you don't need much to start in triathlon or even race if that is what you want to do. A pair of running shoes, swim cap and swim goggles. The rest you most likley already own. Really you just need to take the first step to wanting to try something new...and if you don't want to then don't! The key to doing any sport or activity is to enjoy it and know why you are doing it.
In most clubs including NLTC there is a variaty of people training. You'll see those that have been doing it for many years as well as those that are brand new. The important thing to realize is that everybody was new at some point. If you come with a positive attitude and want to learn you'll be amazed with what "old times" are willing to share with you. Trust me when I say it helps a lot to learn from other people's mistakes! Just give it a shot if you are interested in triathlon, I know it is one of the best sports I have done in my life!
Here is my top advice for anybody new to the sport and even those with experience:
1. Have FUN!
2. Your body is way smarter than you (sorry but it's true!), so just listen to it!
3. Training with friends is more fun than alone
4. Train alone if you need to and don't feel bad
5. Have more FUN!
Some of the future posts will dive into details for each sport as well as general training advice and random facts that will help you having fun in the sport. The key in this is that all you need is the desire to get out there and tri!