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Triathlon has...
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Lowered my blood pressure118 Votes - [3.45%]
Improved my cholesterol numbers93 Votes - [2.72%]
Got me off of some medications15 Votes - [0.44%]
Got me off of all medications13 Votes - [0.38%]
Helped me lose ~10 lbs90 Votes - [2.63%]
Helped me lose ~25 lbs104 Votes - [3.04%]
Helped me lose ~50 lbs69 Votes - [2.02%]
Helped me lose ~100 lbs10 Votes - [0.29%]
Helped me lose OVER 100 lbs12 Votes - [0.35%]
Helped me to continue being healthy and more sport balanced298 Votes - [8.72%]
Lowered my resting heart rate226 Votes - [6.61%]
made me happy! :-)362 Votes - [10.59%]
Made me lots of new friends198 Votes - [5.79%]
Changed my life for the better288 Votes - [8.43%]
Is my mental health thing, stress buster250 Votes - [7.31%]
Kept my diabetes in check5 Votes - [0.15%]
Given me a reason not to smoke cigarettes.27 Votes - [0.79%]
gotten me to quit using chewing tobacco4 Votes - [0.12%]
Kept my mind off of alcohol34 Votes - [0.99%]
Helped me become broke 139 Votes - [4.07%]
Killed my lawn32 Votes - [0.94%]
Saved my life.28 Votes - [0.82%]
introduced me to my spouse/SO10 Votes - [0.29%]
Made me cool with pooping in the woods24 Votes - [0.7%]
all of the above3 Votes - [0.09%]
confirmed that it really is ok to pee in the pool57 Votes - [1.67%]
Given me an outlet for my high A personality67 Votes - [1.96%]
Kicked my butt91 Votes - [2.66%]
Cured mid-life crsis/empty nest syndrome36 Votes - [1.05%]
Given me an identity other than spouse/employee/parent that I value 70 Votes - [2.05%]
Improved my mental outlook88 Votes - [2.57%]
Gave me a better all around training program than running alone83 Votes - [2.43%]
Made me a coach and student of endurance sport41 Votes - [1.2%]
6 Votes - [0.18%]
Given a 235# guy with a gut something to brag about14 Votes - [0.41%]
Helped with my adult ADHA21 Votes - [0.61%]
B33TZ!3 Votes - [0.09%]
Helps keep my bipolar disorder in control4 Votes - [0.12%]
Made me look and feel sexy37 Votes - [1.08%]
either gave me or exacerbated an underlying asthma, but I'll take it anyway11 Votes - [0.32%]
Made me awesome, but humble. More awesome than humble though....31 Votes - [0.91%]
Made my spouse happy that i am not goingg to drop dead from obesity.8 Votes - [0.23%]
Gave my OCD focus14 Votes - [0.41%]
Made me a better person overall27 Votes - [0.79%]
Forced me to create a whole "triathlon clothes" drawer in my clothes chest.64 Votes - [1.87%]
Caused me to have a whole cabinet of water bottles40 Votes - [1.17%]
Caused me to keep a 2nd rack of shoes (cycling, running, practice fins)13 Votes - [0.38%]
Had an extra $3000 laying around doing nothing anyway1 Votes - [0.03%]
made my idea of a weekend trip equal other people's idea of hell29 Votes - [0.85%]
Has provided me with the incentive to continue to workout/stay competitive44 Votes - [1.29%]
Helped me find my limits and then pass them30 Votes - [0.88%]
Totally consumed my life11 Votes - [0.32%]
Helped me inspire other people to join the sport15 Votes - [0.44%]
Made me shave my legs5 Votes - [0.15%]
Introduced me to the sport of ______ which I now do instead1 Votes - [0.03%]
Helped me take my mind off being unemployed1 Votes - [0.03%]
Makes me feel more alive3 Votes - [0.09%]
This is a multiple choice poll.

2012-10-31 3:38 PM
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...changed my life for the better.  After 20 years in the Army, where I was in descent shape, I turned into a fat and lazy slob!!!  My weight jumped up to close to 250 lbs and was trying to figure out why all of my cloths were shrinking while hanging in the closet.  Then one Saturday while I was veging out on the couch flipping through the channels, I came across the Ironman Championships.    I was intrigued and found a race being run in a local park the next day and went to watch.  I was blown away, it was so much fun, even as a spectator, by how everyone pulled for each other.  So I borrowed a bikeand decided to try a Sprint.  It took me nearly 30 minutes to finish the 400m swim, over an hour to finish the 12 mile ride, and close to an hour to run 5k.  I was completely exhausted, but very proud of myself for not quitting. 

Being a type A retired combat helicopter pilot, I wasn't going to let this get the better of me.  So I bought a bike, a good pair of running shoes and joined the gym.  And now it is 2 years later and I am running top 20 in AG at the Olympic distance, planning on a 70.3 in 2013, and an Ironman in 2014.  I am running a half marathon in January and a full marathon in March.  Oh and I have lost more than 60 lbs along the way.

BT was the first website I came across when I was trying to figure out how to train.  It has been great!!!  Thanks.



2012-11-16 10:57 AM
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1stTimeTri - 2012-10-13 2:01 PM

made me find this sight.

It made me find some cool people to chat with on the Interwebz and share thoughts, ideas, and other odd things that I never would have found in my real life and at work.

+1 and the "gave my OCD a focus" so true!

2012-11-17 9:56 AM
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Allowed me to be in touch with my health enough to realize my heart was going bad - and get to a doctor, resulting in mitral valve surgery 2/11 for the repair.  Encouraged me to get back after surgery (HM 9/11 and sprint 6/12), and provides the motivatin to keep exercising.  Oh, and embrace the spandex!
2012-11-19 4:38 AM
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Besides the health and mental benefits....I have made some great friends through triathlon training. And I met my (now) husband at a tri training event on Valentines Day 2010. I can't imagine my life now if I hadn't found an interest in endurance sports.
2012-11-21 2:27 PM
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I really gave me a physical outlet - and allowed me to be an 'athlete' for the first time in my life. I always liked being active but not being particularly talented in any of the team sports in school I ended up sitting out.  I first discovered running which taught me so much about goal setting and putting in the work.  And triathlon is a whole other thing.  This is a sport for life. 

I truly believe that my pursuit of this sport (and running to start) changed the course of my adult life - it upped my confidence and gave me an outlet outside of work in which to apply myself when things weren't going well or were outside of my control.  I feel well, healthy, balanced and generally positive about my life and experiences - that I can still do more and have so much ahead of me.  

Also, it doesn't hurt that it has helped me stay around the same weight I was in high school despite working a sedentary job. 

2012-11-22 10:00 AM
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Silverbursted - 2012-10-31 3:38 PM

...changed my life for the better.  After 20 years in the Army, where I was in descent shape, I turned into a fat and lazy slob!!!  My weight jumped up to close to 250 lbs and was trying to figure out why all of my cloths were shrinking while hanging in the closet.  Then one Saturday while I was veging out on the couch flipping through the channels, I came across the Ironman Championships.    I was intrigued and found a race being run in a local park the next day and went to watch.  I was blown away, it was so much fun, even as a spectator, by how everyone pulled for each other.  So I borrowed a bikeand decided to try a Sprint.  It took me nearly 30 minutes to finish the 400m swim, over an hour to finish the 12 mile ride, and close to an hour to run 5k.  I was completely exhausted, but very proud of myself for not quitting. 

Being a type A retired combat helicopter pilot, I wasn't going to let this get the better of me.  So I bought a bike, a good pair of running shoes and joined the gym.  And now it is 2 years later and I am running top 20 in AG at the Olympic distance, planning on a 70.3 in 2013, and an Ironman in 2014.  I am running a half marathon in January and a full marathon in March.  Oh and I have lost more than 60 lbs along the way.

BT was the first website I came across when I was trying to figure out how to train.  It has been great!!!  Thanks.

. You should post more and share your experiences with us. I'm thinking the weight loss forum would benefit from your experience!


2012-11-25 7:22 PM
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Down 52#

One more good lab and Doc is taking me off my 2 remaining meds.

However, the big one for me is Triathlon gives me a reason to train. I'm a life long failure at exercising but now that I race Tris I can train all year round without slipping off the plan. 

2012-12-03 8:50 AM
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Im a new guy but since I started this triathlon journey (last September I completed my first race) this is what it has done fore me.

helped me loose weight and keep it off, Gave me a REASON to train. before that I knew I could train i knew I could be in great shape and healthy but why? the normal reasons weren't enough for me I have to be DRIVEN by a force/goal. To me competing gave m that. I am a competitive person at heart and always want to be the best at ANYthing I do. so that's why this works for me.

2012-12-07 9:08 PM
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A big thank you for the support this past year.  Came a long way... wouldn't have been able to do it without BT
2012-12-11 1:31 PM
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I checked these:
- Made me lots of new friends
- Made me look and feel sexy
- Introduced me to the sport of __mountain_biking__ which I now do instead

 

I started triathlon in 2010. My timeline looks like this:

Nov 2009: Skinny couch potato
Jan 2010: Started using Wii Fit
May 2010: Started swimming after 20 years off
May 2010: Bought a road bike
May 2010: Signed up at Beginner Triathlete
July 2010: Learned to mountain bike (after my husband nagging me for 20 years)
Aug 2010: Completed my first sprint tri 

2011:
Competed in a swim meet
Did another couple tris
*** Decided that the pain in my bunion from running is not worth it ***
Tried a couple road bike races
Did my first mountain bike race

2012: 
Did all 10 races of the local mountain bike race series and came in 2nd in Sport Class

 

Soooooooo…

I still owe it all to triathlon, and I train (swim and spin class) with my tri club (gotta love those new friends!) every winter, but triathlon made me a mountain biker.

And even better… My 12-year-old daughter is on swim team, does very well at mountain bike races in the jr category, and is trying cross country.

Oh, and… my husband has lost extra weight and gotten really fit because of how hard he has to work to stay better than me at "his" sport (mountain biking).

 

Smile

2012-12-18 6:59 PM
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I took my resting heart rate last week when I first woke up and it shocked me to see 58. I was hoping to see something in the 60's but 58, whoa...I've lost a lot of pounds, close to 50, in my 'journey' and I keep getting fitter and fitter. And people around me seem to be getting bigger and bigger! I wish everyone else I know would catch the tri-bug...


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