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...

Prepare to Succeed

Ready to eat, breath, sleep triathlon? The beauty of this sport is that it is so versatile and extensive that there is no room for getting bored or tired of it. However, the more versatile a sport is, the more complex it becomes. In order to keep yourself committed and motivated, you should follow these simple tips that will make your athletic life easier:) Choose your A race smartly: When I say smartly, I mean pick a race that you know will be appropriate for your fitness level, schedule, and goals. Choose it with enough time in order to take advantage to build up and be fully prepared for it and shine big. Find the perfect workout and print it out: Take the time to find a training plan or program that will suit you in every single aspect. A plan or program that will accommodate you and your schedule.  A plan that will flow with your lifestyle rhythms. It is best to find a one-on-one coach that, with his or her knowledge and experience, will help you achieve your goals. Once you have found the perfect program, print it out. Carry it wherever you go. Workouts can be slipped into your daily schedule in a multitude of ways. You don’t want to miss out on adding those miles toward your training plan, would you? Shine big. Creating habits creates consistency: It is said that a habit is developed after 16 days. Some say it takes up to 21 days,  So, get on it immediately. Set weekly goals and challenge yourself to create a habit of waking up early, or setting a...