Never Too Big to Tri
Starting your triathlon training
Pate of www.whenbigboystri.com
It seems that the question arises most everywhere I go and it is usually
comes from a 210-pound pot-bellied chain smoker. ďArenít you to big to be
doing triathlons?Ē Well, my answer is no. We all come to a point in life
that some call a ďdefining moment.Ē It is different for some people, take
the example of Mark Davis -
Ė it was not being able to close the safety bar on a roller coaster. For
others, it is a doctorís visit and for others, realizing that their career
has gotten in the way of staying physically fit.
So somewhere along the way you made a decision to train for a triathlon and
you need a starting point. ***If you have not been active, go see your
general physician. Be honest with him and let him know you want to start
training for a triathlon. After you get his blessing you will be more
confident about undertaking this daunting challenge.***
1. Where should you start? I suggest starting the morning after the
physician gives you the ok. The excuse, ďI am not a morning person,Ē wonít
cut it. You are a morning person now! I believe that for most people you
will find that at five a.m. there will be less to distract you. Make a
commitment that you are going to get up and exercise for the next month and
after about the third week, it should start to become a habit. In an article
I once read, it stated that you should lay your workout clothes out the
night before and I would have to agree. If you get up in the morning and you
canít find something that you think is imperative for your workout, you will
use this as an excuse for not working out.
2. Keep a workout journal! On that first morning, come back and write
down how long you exercised, how far you went, and how you felt. I suggest
you write down your feelings because when you look back on them, you will
just smile at what you were feeling and thinking when you first started.
3. Set realistic short-term goals that will allow you to achieve a
series of small steps and can lead you in the direction of your long term
goals. Donít worry about the days when you have an ďoff dayĒ and you donít
meet the goal when you expected. Just keep striving to meet it.
4. Find people around you who will positively support you and your goals.
Donít let someone being negative set you back. Negative people would like
nothing more than to see you fail. On the other hand, positive friends will
help build you up and look at life in a realistic and upbeat perspective.
5. Realize that you have started a journey that you want to last a
lifetime. It has probably taken you a good while to get to your current
physical state, so donít think that in just a couple of weeks you be like
you used to be. If you push yourself or train to hard, you will end up
injuring yourself and sitting on the sidelines. Injuries will occur in the
fittest of athletes, but are more likely to occur in an unfit athlete who
overtrains. When you start, you have to remember that you are building a
foundation that you will be able to build on for years to come.
6. Find a balance! Many times we tend to try to be consumed with one
area of our lives, after all, that is usually why we have become physically
unfit. Donít jeopardize your spouse, family, or job with your new hobby. If
you can find balance in your life, you will be reaching goals in all areas
of your life not just in triathlons.
I donít care what your current size is. If you have the will to get
up and take that first step toward changing your life, it is a step in the
right direction. It all comes down to making the commitment to start from
your present level of fitness and begin the slow process of improvement.
Every individual is different in the way genetics has either blessed you or
cursed you. You take what you have and you go with it. It may take you a
long time to get to that first sprint, or it may be attainable after only a
few months, but if you want it bad enough, you will hold your head up and
proudly train on.
I once thought the goal of completing a sprint triathlon was way out of my
reach. I have come to realize, however, that no matter what your weight,
height, gender or race, we are all fighting the same demons as everyone else
and each individual has the goal of crossing the finish line. Whether you
are the first across the finish line or the last, you are a finisher.
Triathlon is not just a sport for the elite - it can be a sport for you. By
following the practical advice you can find here at Beginner Triathlete, you
can accomplish your goal.
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not
only plan but also believe." - Anatole France -
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