Although training began nearly nine months ago, I must defer the title of “triathlete” because I have yet to complete a triathlon. Unfortunately, I have allowed distractions, namely my career and graduate school, to interfere with my true ambitions and fitness goals. Excuses provide no positive merit for this discussion, but I hope by understanding their origins I can prevent history from repeating itself.Recently, a period of stress and fatigue brought back my initial drive to begin training for a triathlon. Training, I have discovered, provides me an avenue to reduce stress, escape reality, and find my rhythm. It also improves my sleeping patterns, increases my confidence, and improves my overall health. As I focus my sights on a distant race, there are a few lessons from my past that I must remember in order to maintain my focus over the next 90 days.
Maintaining a positive attitude and a sense of priority will be my keys to success. Before summer fades into fall, I will be a Triathlete, eager to race again and write another list of lessons learned. I also want to thank BT members for posting tips, experiences, and motivational stories for the rest of us. Those stories provide rookies, like me, with helpful information to get us involved in the world of multi-sport.