You Never Know Until You Tri
I learned a valuable lesson this past weekend – you never know until you tri. I competed in my first triathlon – my toughest physical challenge yet! After running a marathon in May, I decided it was time to bust way outside of my comfort zone in another physical challenge.
A humbling experience
If you’re unaware, a triathlon is a race in which you swim, bike and run. I competed in a sprint triathlon which was a 1/2 mile swim, 17 mile bike ride and 5k run. I’ve done all of these separately, but never together nor the distances for the swim and run. I was arrogant after my marathon to think a sprint tri would be a cake walk.
After my first day in the pool swimming laps I knew I had taken on a much bigger challenge than I had expected. The good news, I’m not one to quit when faced with challenges. I just knew it was going to be a lot more work and training than I had originally planned.
Change your focus
The week of race day I was feeling pretty overwhelmed and intimidated. This is what happens when we get in our head. The only way to interrupt this monkey mind is to change your focus. Rather than focusing on how bad it is, focus on how good it can be.
I turned my focus to YouTube to ease the feelings of overwhelm. I learned the do’s and don’t’s for transition between the swim/bike and bike/run and other tips and tricks. Some big pointers – have fun. Don’t take it too seriously and be present. Don’t go all out on the swim and the best placement for gear to make transition more smoothly.
In addition to YouTube, I reached out to a few friends who have previously competed in triathlons to get their takeaways. The good news – more often than not someone has already done the thing you want to do. Be resourceful. You’re never alone!
To hear how race day went, tune in to this week’s podcast.
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