Why I fell in love with TriathlonMay 19, 2007
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I stumbled on this post from CindyJo this morning about why she has switched from doing “stand-alone” running events to triathlon.
Sure, there is this “purity” to running where it is just you and the road. No expensive gear, nothing complicated. It is just you, your watch, and a few hundred other runner competing on the same course against the same clock. It is that purity of the sport that made me fall in love with it in my younger years, but it just wasn’t enough to keep me interested enough to stick with the sport.
Sure, triathlon can be hella expensive, and has forced me to be very focused on sticking to a strict budget just to keep myself going in to tri-debt, but the constant juggling of running, biking, swimming, bricks, practicing my transitions, doing core workouts, cool new gear, the great tri communities out there, and everything else in between keeps me constantly on my toes. Just getting to the point where you are confident enough to toe the line of your first triathlon is far more of a challenge than most stand-alone running events.
So for all you runners out there who are getting a little bored, want some excitement in your workouts, and are up for a new challenge, check out triathlon. Heck, I’ve only done one so far (but it seems like much more considering how much training I’ve done on and off) and I’m absolutely hooked.