It is the time of year where we all set ourselves promises and challenges in the form of New Year’s resolutions. And the most commonly made and broken of all is to get fit, but why is this such a hard one to keep? Many people cite lack of motivation due to boredom or lack of engagement in their chosen physical activity. To keep on track we have to feel like we want to continue and that we have got something to aim for.
This year instead of making a vague goal to get fit or do more exercise, try setting yourself a specific and challenging yet rewarding goal; completing your first triathlon.
What is Triathlon?
A triathlon is an athletic event that consists of three different disciplines; usually swimming, cycling and running. Triathlons are usually held as a competitive event and can be staged in or outdoors, although realistically most events in the UK have an outdoor element. There is a really informative British Triathlon federation website that gives you more in depth details about events happening across the UK and also provides further details about the event.
There is a definite element of challenge involved here with at least one of the three sports being out of most people’s comfort zones. Also providing a bit of excitement en route is learning about how a new event works, what to do when, where to go and who else is involved. Once you start talking about it you will be surprised at the number of colleagues and friends who are triathlon mad: Last year over 100, 000 people competed in the UK alone!
Ok I’m in…How?
It is important to get a proper training plan in place as you need to be prepared for all three of the disciplines which will involve a much more varied training programme than for other fitness goals. (This should ease that much cited boredom though eh?)
Equally important is to get the right gear from a specialist shop such as High Octane Sports. I cannot stress enough what a difference having the proper kit makes in an event where you have to change equipment and clothes mid-race.
Lastly, get some support. Rope in a mate and scout out a local club that you can join. They are always on the lookout for keen new starters and you will need all the help you can get to make sure you are ready for your first race.