One of the reasons that people think they can’t do a triathlon is because they are not too crazy about one of the three events. As a beginner triathlete, maybe you’ve are not a strong swimmer, or you the thought of biking makes you cringe. Or maybe you’re like me and you hate running. No matter how hard you try, your legs just can’t go any faster than a slow jog. And when it comes to the hills, your “jog” turns into a shuffle. This is a common obstacle that discourages many beginner triathletes.
If you are not strong in one or more of the events, don’t let that scare you away from doing a triathlon! Many beginner triathletes agree that one of the reasons why they do a triathlon is because it’s a challenge.
Challenges make us stronger and show us we can do more than we ever thought possible.
So, if you’re not a good runner, or you just think it’s boring, we have some motivation to get you training for your first triathlon.
First and foremost, reframe your idea of running.
If you keep thinking about how much you hate it, then it will be a chore and and you will dread training, thus making your first triathlon a dismal experience. As a beginner triathlete, set a good foundation for yourself and turn running from a bore into a challenge. Remember, running is cheaper than therapy, so use your training time as a time to de-stress from your day or to clear you mind.
Most of the time, the hardest part of the run is just going outside, or driving yourself to the gym.
When the thought pops into your head to go for a run, do it. If you keep putting it off, then it won’t get done. It’s really a mental battle. If you set your mind to it, your body will follow.
And finally, as a beginner triathlete, it is good to have attainable goals.
My goal is often to run just one step further each day. Yes, just one step. When you make progress, no matter how small it may seem, it motivates you and boosts your confidence. By running one step further then you did yesterday, you will be adding to your distance slowly but surely and before you know it, you won’t feel like a beginner triathlete anymore!
[box] So, as you begin training for your triathlon, no matter if you love running or hate it, just get out there and run one step further each day… and watch your confidence soar![/box]