You are seated comfortably in front of your 52 inch plasma TV...remote in one hand, iPhone in other with the maps app pointed to nearest Domino’s delivery location. Strategically pinpointed so you can have a hot and fresh 16 inch pepperoni with extra cheese at your door in thirty minutes or less. You’ve heard about this triathlon thing. The only problem is it kinda throws a wrench into your Monday through Friday happy hour plan. And your weekends...yeah kinda full, between NBA, NHL, NCAA and NFL. Hell even WNBA is in the mix. Don’t forget the PGA, LPGA, UFC and the PBA. Between all those consonants and vowels your schedule is chalk full. Yep, really no time for the PTA and don’t even mention the USTA. I mean seriously, how can you be expected to swim, bike and run with a schedule like that. You have Fritos to keep stocked in the cupboard, Miller Lite’s to be put on ice and your infamous “Man Chili” to start making in the slow cooker. Life is busy my friend.
But you kind of have this little voice in your mind that says, “I’d be pretty hot if those extra thirty pounds found their way to another host party. And perhaps that cute little assistant in cube eight would actually acknowledge me and say ‘thank you’ as I leave her Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte Half Caff on her desk every frickin morning.” “Hmmmmm...maybe this swim, bike, run thing has some validity. But where do I start?” you ask in a Little Cesar’s haze? Well here are my top three picks for turnin that toosh into a force to be reckoned with. It is spring after all. So bust out that speedo and get ready for a new you.
Remember, the world wide web is still the best place to go shopping, so to speak. You know nothing about triathlon but you want to learn. Time to Google, Bing and become the search engine ho your mama would be proud of. It’s amazing what information you can learn just by doing your own research. Don’t know what a Cervelo is...Google it! Want the perfect fitting wetsuit that you can resell once you lose those bothersome extra pounds that hound you like your ex’s over-paid attorney? Don’t know which race is beginner friendly...Yahoo baby! www. is your best friend right now.
Your local triathlon club has almost all the answers you need. Don’t forget, everyone that is in this club was a “Tri Virgin” at one point as well. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local club for answers. Even better, pay the $60 annual membership fee and be ready to embrace a whole new circle of friends and experiences. Participating in triathlon is just that, taking part. When you do, you open your world to an entire new circle of friends who enjoy the same activities as you do. Be prepared to meet some really cool people. So what!...they get off on riding hundreds of miles on bikes that cost more than most cars do! Everyone has their issues, but these folks will be some of the best friends you can find in your lifetime. Look past the dedication and intensity and you will see the camaraderie that will last decades.
Visit your local multi-sport store. The employees here will be able to steer you away from Doritos and towards products that will actually fuel your training needs. They too were beginners at one point, so let down your walls and let these friendly folks introduce you to the tools you will need to make that 70.3 in Cabo much easier! Get ready for a lot of info and don’t hesitate to go back multiple times with more questions. Whether it’s about your goggles fogging up in the pool or your brakes acting a little temperamental on the your downhills, these well-trained tri specialists will assist you and get you back into the pool or on the road faster than anyone!
All in all, the sport of Triathlon is meant to be fun and grueling. I won’t sugar coat the grueling part. After all, you are the one that knew what you were signing up for when you traded your Pringles for a pair of Newton’s and a Tyr Cap! But the process can be more rewarding than you ever thought once you get into the groove of the “inner Tri circle.” Once you make that first call to your nearest bike store or look up the closest open swim hours at your community center, you won’t go back. And the good news is there are many amazing people along the way you will meet that want to help you. Just be ready to meet some really cool people who talk in the metric system, weird web addresses and foreign apparel lines. That’s ok, we are all from somewhere so get ready for a global experience. And honestly, if you don’t lose those thirty pounds, who says you are “too big for your frame?!?!” Isn’t life and triathlon really a matter of experience. Happy training and enjoy!