Do you want to do a triathlon, but wish you didn’t have to swim? Then you’ll totally relate to Pete’s beginner triathlete story. When you first start training for a triathlon, you’ll quickly find out where your strengths and weaknesses lie. For me and Pete, it’s the swim. For Jess, it’s the run.
Don’t be discouraged when you find out what your weakest sport is–we all have one. Instead, spend some extra time training in that sport and strive to make progress, not perfection. Both Pete and I are proof that you can do a triathlon even if you’ve never swam before.
Pete is a powerhouse of muscle and is one of the fastest and strongest runners we know. He jumped at the challenge of training for his first triathlon and he didn’t let the fact that he had never having swam the freestyle stroke stop him from signing up and joining in on the fun.
Pete is strong and determined and he used his speed on the bike and the run to crank out the miles for a strong finish.
Pete’s the rad guy on the right.
What inspired you to do a triathlon?
I think what made me decide to attempt a triathlon was a new challenge. It was something out of my comfort zone.
What was your biggest fear or concern going into the training/race?
The swim. I had never tried to swim freestyle before training for this triathlon.
What surprised you about the training?
I think what surprised me was how much I enjoyed the variety. It was actually really fun training with TwoTri.
What TwoTri blog post was most helpful/your favorite?
The beginner swimming post helped me to not become frustrated, and also provided tips for new swimmers.
How did you acquire the gear you needed?
I bought new shorts and goggles. I borrowed a bike from a friend. Most of the time, when I bought something new I went with a mid-range items.
Now that you’ve done your first race, what is one thing you wish you did differently either in training or on race day?
I wished I had spent more time in the pool.
During the race, when you found yourself discouraged or at a low point mentally, what did you do to keep going?
I think what helped me the most was to not focus on my temporary pain or exhaustion, but to concentrate my attention on my final goal. I would refocus my attention on the image of me crossing the finish line.
What advice would you give to a beginner triathlete?
Start with a program and support group. The whole experience is much more enjoyable with a group. The other thing I would do is to utilize TwoTri to minimize mistakes on race day. Overall this was a great experience. I am extremely happy using TwoTri for this triathlon and would recommend it to anyone doing their first triathlon. I am going to continue to use the foundation they gave to compete in further triathlons.