Triathlons push athletes on a different level then just a typical race. They require you to think and workout differently. I just registered today for my second triathlon - and I'm very excited.
Last year I participated in the Block Island Triathlon. It's considered a sprint triathlon, so the distances are shorter. The BI triathlon's swim is a quarter of a mile, the bike is 16 miles and the run is four miles. Last year I acted as a replacement for my friend who had to undergo minor surgery and could not participate, so I had a week of training.
I definitely would not recommend that to anyone. Although I identify myself as a runner, I do not identify myself as a swimmer or biker. I thought I was going to drown or fall over on bike during the hills.
But the experience was rewarding. My only goal for that race was to continue moving forward and not stop. I was ready to give up halfway through the swim part, but I kept on reminding myself of my goals. Despite my struggles, I finished without stopping. I learned that my body and mind can endure a lot if I allow them to.
The race I just signed up for is the same one as last year, and I'm super excited to have the opportunity to actually train for it. The Block Island triathlon is full of hills and the run is on the sand- so I now know what I'm about experience.
Triathlons inspire you to cross-train and try different things. I'm now more into biking than I have been in the past, and I'm working on my strokes. It's a good way to see what else you like and what you can improve on.Have you ever done a triathlon? Would you in the future?