3 Reasons You Do Triathlons
Spending weekends training.
Being too hot.
Giving up Friday and/or Saturday nights.
Training before work.
These are some of the things that go along with triathlon.
So what’s the point?
Well, rather than go off on some philosophical diatribe about goals and accomplishments, I think this one is really simple and comes down to 3 things:
1. This is one part of life where there’s no subjectivity. You have a swim, bike, and run time. You finish in a specific place overall, and a another specific place in your age group. Even if you don’t finish, you have a result. For many people, this idea of getting a specific result is refreshing in a world where so many things are in that gray area.
2. Your mind needs to keep busy. Forget about the physical benefits of exercise. It’s the mental game that is important here. Sometimes it can be nice to sleep in, but there’s nothing like getting up early and getting things done. It becomes a mental boost to your overall happiness levels.
3. You can bond with others. There are so many reasons people got into the sport. One friend of mine said it got him off of alcohol and drugs. Another woman I’m interviewing next week had rheumatoid arthritis and cancer- and yet still entered an Ironman. Others may want to lose weight, or get in better shape, or win their age group…whatever it is, you’re around people with all kinds of goals that can lead to lifetime friendships
What is your reason?