If you’ve ever considered completing a triathlon, then I have one suggestion:
The thought of triathlon may scare the shit out of you – and maybe it should. After all, a triathlon comprises of three events: an open water swim, bike ride, and finally a run.
None of those events are easy by themselves, and they are infinitely harder when you have to do them all together.
However, before you decide a triathlon isn’t for you, let me explain how a triathlon will change your life forever.
A few years ago, I was busy with a full-time job, running a part-time Amazon business, blogging, and being a part-time father/husband (not my proudest moment). It was also during that time I let my health get away from me again.
As you can see from the picture below, I enjoyed food, beer, and little exercise.
Anyways, in 2017, I decided I needed to change my lifestyle so I wouldn’t have a heart attack before my kids graduated high school.
Instead of doing normal things like slowly cutting back on food and moderate exercise; I decided to complete a triathlon.
Actually, I decided I would complete an obstacle course, a 5k race, a bike race, a sprint triathlon, and an Olympic triathlon all that summer.
Maybe I hit my mid-life crisis at 37, but once I completed my first triathlon I was HOOKED!
I’ve been swimming, biking and running ever since. I also feel like I’m in better shape at 40 than I was at 25!
Since I’ve started my triathlon journey, all areas of my life have changed.
3 Ways Triathlons Will Change Your Life
1). Triathlons Could Save Your Life
According to multiple studies, over 160 million Americans are overweight. I was in that statistic a few short years ago.
Packing on extra pounds can cause dozens of health issues. These include joint problems, heart issues, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, and many more.
Before I started training for triathlons, I was tipping the scales at nearly 200lbs, my blood pressure was 140/90, and my heart rate was always high. What was going on inside my body could have been worse.
Now, I weigh about 177lbs, my blood pressure is around 122/76, and my resting heart rate hovers around 50. I’m not a doctor, but those health statistics are a lot better!!!!
Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to compete in a triathlon to change your health. However, I can’t think of a better way!
2). Triathlons Will Change Your Mind
If you are unfamiliar with the length of triathlon, below is a table of most common distances:
None of those distances look easy because they aren’t! If you decide to run an Olympic Triathlon, you can expect to spend anywhere from 2.5 hours to 4 hours completing the race. A Half Iron Man could take you more than 7 hours, and a Full Iron Man must be completed in under 17 hours!!!!
Those numbers sound ridiculous, but once you cross the finish line of any of those races, you will feel like there isn’t much you can’t do!
When I started training for my first Olympic triathlon, I could barely swim three lengths of the pool and just to complete the swim portion of the race, I had to swim nearly 67 lengths.
After I got out of the pool after that first swim, I was super discouraged. I had told everyone I knew I was going to complete a triathlon, but I could barely swim three lengths of the pool. All I thought was I would need to swim 64 more continuous lengths then bike and run.
There was no doubt I would fail, and everyone would know it.
However, I kept showing up for workouts throughout the summer. Every day I would swim a little bit more, bike a litter further, and run longer.
By the end of the summer, I completed my triathlon in about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
When I crossed the finish line, I had a whole new mindset.
I am now more confident, getting outside of my comfort zone excites me, and I feel like I can accomplish almost anything.
Additionally, training and completing races has made me a better father, husband, and employee.
3). You Will Become More Efficient
Before my triathlon training, I was inefficient and would waste a lot of time.
When I came home, I would play with the kids and then watch television and mess around on Facebook until midnight. When I woke up, I would hit the snooze at least six times.
Once I started training, I had no choice but to become more efficient. When I wake up, I have a purpose – work out! There is no time for snooze buttons. Then it’s off to work.
The funny thing is that since I started training in the morning, I’m more productive at work and at home too! I have more energy and accomplish much more.
If you are contemplating a triathlon, then just do it! I promise it will change your life too!