Beginner fears – we all have or had them!

Triathlon draws you in! You arrive at this place to compete in your first tri for various reasons: invited by a friend – you know the one who is a bit more sporty than you; a way to get in shape because the gym/treadmill/P90X couldn’t hold your interest. For me it was that ”something” in the air while watching friends in a triathlon. I could feel the energy  in the participants in the swim chute, excitement as they passed through transition, and it was sensory overload at the finish watching their faces – that sense of achievement. I wanted to look & feel like all those people. I wanted that so bad! Pumped and ready to go with my cotton shirt, mountain bike, tennies and extra 10lbs I went to my first group training session. Reality hit and closely followed self-doubt, fear that my training gear and equipment was inadequate and seeing ‘others’ in the group with ‘experience’. Friends and future triathletes DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU! First – consider equipment. Everyone, and I mean everyone, started with the bike they had. Does it have gears? Does it have pedals? Yes- then you are good to go. Think of it as a starter kit or your first apartment location– you have to try it out – try it on as it were. What if you really do one and done? Save your hard earned cash for that next bike if you get the bug (and you probably will) or for your next adventure. At all beginner triathlons  you will see commuter bikes, mountain bikes and even some items from...