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Beginner’s Luck: How to Become a Triathlete

By February 11, 2019 February 26th, 2019 No Comments

Step one: Decide that you will. Keep the promise to yourself.

Step one: Decide that you will. Keep the promise to yourself.

When I started in the sport of triathlon, I could not swim or bike or run. Judging by my years of mediocre triathlon finish times, many might contend that I still don’t swim, bike, or run. I have news for everyone—going slow instead of fast? Still a triathlete, still an athlete, and most importantly—still a better version of ourselves.

Over and over again people ask me—how do I become a triathlete? Where do I start? What do I do? Of course swimming, cycling and running are keys—and then putting those three things together in a little race called a triathlon is the main how-to.

That being said, there are two major components to get from the couch to the finish of a first (or next) triathlon. These qualities are important to embody for a first race, sure. But even more so, the qualities are paramount as you get further down the road in the sport—when jumping up to the next distance, feeling burned out or facing your first DNS (Did Not Start) or DNF (Did Not Finish).

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