Don’t be intimidated by people you perceive as athletics, athletic, or “in shape”. They are no different than you. They have simply prioritized and/or made a commitment to their fitness endeavors. And if they have been at it awhile, your perception of them may be that they are advanced or partaking in workouts that you could never do. Think again. You can do exactly the same thing if that is what you want. Just do it your own way. I am guessing you probably have before at some time in your life, if not in fitness than in your education or in music or some other passion of yours.
When it comes to being active, only a small percentage of people have been consistent their entire lives. Based on what life dishes out, often times people move in and out of a routine. School changes, work changes, family changes, habits change, environments and access change. All of these things make life exciting, but they also challenge your ability to be consistent in many things, a big one being physical fitness. All of us are typically struggling to find the time and/or motivation to be active. I know I do! For me, triathlon has been the answer the past few years.
However, I go back and forth about how detailed I should write about triathlon on this blog. When you hear the word “triathlon”, it probably invokes a specific image for you. And I am thinking it may have sort of a negative connotation, in that it sounds really hard, thus the reasons I don’t want to write too much about triathon are:
- Triathlon (swim/bike/run) is a daunting or intimidating exercise for most people
- The perception could be that I am bragging or think I am somehow better than others because I do triathlon
- Because of these two previous points, readers may tune out and think “this is not the blog for me”
The reasons I DO want to write about triathlon here are:
- Triathlon is the personal motivator for me, it is a big part of my life. I want to help you find the same thing, anything – that activity that catches your attention and keeps you engaged. When I am in training for triathlon, I get to eat what I want – which I love. I also have to stay on my training regimen so I don’t look stupid huffing & puffing on the race course – embarrassing!
- If I can do a triathlon, seriously anyone can. In the end, it is mental over physical in a tri. Yes, you have to train your body appropriately to the distance you are looking at, but your mind takes you over the finish line. This applies to a lot of things in life!
- I love the community of athletes that participate. If you ever get a chance to be a spectator at a triathlon, it is exhilarating! You have weekend warriors, newbies, and at many big races – professionals – all together on the same course on the same day having a shared experience. I cannot tell you how many strangers, race participants and spectators, have given me words of encouragement during a race that literally kept me from stopping. I think of these people that I do not know all the time when I am working out on my own.
So there you have it, a little glimpse into why I do triathlon and a little encouragement to find what works for you. I in no way think I am better than anyone else or have some need to intimidate others with what I do. For me, triathlon is what works right now. And I do not kid myself to think it will work forever. It motivates me and gives me a quality of life I love. I hope that you can find the same thing, and I am committed to helping you in that quest!