TRIATHLON BASICS: Get Started!

Next year Peru will host its first Ironman 70.3. This event will bring the sports vibe that I love into the city where I live! At the same time, I have been preparing for my next challenge: Ironman 70.3 Cartagena in December 4th. This means that triathlon is on the top of my mind for the past days.

You might be someone who is considering jumping into the triathlon wagon…  Therefore, I will try to cover the basics you need to know in order to get started in triathlon. If you have any questions about the sport just comment on the post or send me an email, and I will answer back or post about it!

 Do you wonder if triathlon is for you?

Anyone who doesn’t have any serious medical condition could do a triathlon. You don’t need to be in great shape in order to get started in the sport, but I guarantee that if you train consistently you will get fitter by the time your race comes. You just need to swim, bike and run… and maybe there’s at least one of those that you can already handle.

Remember: training is about enjoying the journey, not only getting to a destination.

Excuses:

-I’m too old!  Many triathletes are over 70 and 80 years old. The older you are, the better you become at endurance sports. Additionally, being physically active will add some healthy years to your life! Check this great ad from Sister Madonna: (link)

-I’m fat!  How do you think you will lose weight? And please don’t think about those magical shakes and machines offered on TV.  Exercise together with a balanced diet is the only way to get healthier.

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-I don’t know how to swim! Learning to swim as a child gives you a big advantage, but many triathletes learned to swim when they were adults. This hasn’t stopped many of the best triathletes in the world. Once you get a grip, you will enjoy it. Plus, it’s the shortest portion of a race.

-I don’t think I can swim, bike and run for that long! Well, most people can’t if they don’t prepare for it. Getting you there is the purpose of training.

So yes… Quit the excuses! And I promise it will be fun!

 

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