After a few days to sit with it and digest the accomplishment of finishing my first triathlon, I’ve come up with a list of the lessons I learned.
- You can do anything. A few years ago I never would have thought I would do a triathlon. I saw other people doing them and thought is was really cool. I thought *maybe* one day I could do one. I was never totally sure I could. But I did! In the last few months I realized you can do anything. You just have to set a goal and then work toward it.
- Anyone can be a triathlete. Hello, I’m a new ambassador for doing triathlons at any weight/size/capability. Seriously, if I did it then anyone can. If it’s something that seems interesting to you then go for it! I saw so many different types of people out there competing – triathlons can be for everyone!
- Achieving goals rocks. It’s been a while since I set and achieved any specific goals, so this was a big reminder that achieving goals is awesome! It’s very fulfilling to see all your hard work pay off by crossing a finish line (or any other result).
- No one cares as much as you do. What if you wear the wrong thing? What if you do the wrong thing? What if everyone knows you are a newbie? Usually… no one cares. Honestly everyone cares more about themselves and what they are doing than what you are doing. So those newbie worries are almost always a waste of time because no one cares.
- People do care. The people that matter to you and care about you will be happy for you when you achieve a goal. They will tell you they are happy (or that they shed a couple tears, hehe). They will tell you they are proud of you. And that will make everything a million times better.
- Triathlons are amazing. Somewhere deep in my heart, buried under self-doubt and layers of fat, I knew triathlons were something I would enjoy. I don’t know how I knew that when I was so un-triathlete like, but I did. Crossing the finish line of my first one, and smiling all the way through it, confirmed what I already somehow knew. Swimming, biking, and running is fun. Everyone told me they were addictive and they were right. I can’t wait for my next one!
- It takes work to improve. I crossed the line toward the back of the pack. I had to walk some of the run. I know I can do better. I know that I can lose more weight so I can become faster and better. I know it will require a lot of work to improve and that is something I’m looking forward to. My first triathlon killed the nerves and now I’m ready for more work so I can improve and beat my own times and performances.
Clearly I’ve found a new passion/addiction/love in the sport of triathlons. I’ve only done one but I’ve learned so much already and can’t wait to do my next triathlon.
If you are interested in doing triathlons too, I strongly encourage you to just do it! As you can tell I’m not the fastest or best athlete, but I competed and enjoyed it. Triathlons really can be for anybody.
Here are a few triathlon related posts I’ve written to get you started.