Why Triathlon

Why Triathlon: By Brandt Quick

A triathlon is a very difficult race to compete in and train for. For millions of people all over the world that pursue the triathlon experience discover a fulfillment and a satisfaction that is not felt in any other fitness program. The following will explain in more detail:

In the rapid pace of today's world, it's extremely important to take time out for yourself! By engaging in a fitness regime, you not only take the time for yourself, but are ultimately giving yourself the time and experience of a “moving meditation.” Triathlon, in any facet, can give you a chance for yourself, you're moving meditation and many other positive aspects, such as:

  • Pushing yourself into, or out of, your comfort zone
  • Making new training partners who are and can become great friends
  • Building a network of friends and teammates who help you with training and help to hold you accountable to that training
  • A race schedule to keep you enjoying life, having fun, fueling with the right foods and training year round

Three Separate Sports

A triathlon includes 3 separate sports (which are highly addictive and take place in this order):

  1. Swimming
  2. Biking
  3. Running

As difficult as it may seem, ANYONE (including you) CAN do a triathlon! You can compete in a relay, participate in a team by performing one, or two of the three sports, with one or two other teammates. You can also compete as an individual, participating in all three sports.

Some races even have an aquabike option for the swim and bike only, and let's not forget about duathlons too (run-bike-run)! There are also beginner triathlons with shorter distances. When you first start this challenging event, it's all about finishing!

This is the triathlon equipment you’ll need for the race (my pre-race checklist):

  • Tri-shorts/outfit
  • Goggles
  • Bike (mountain, hybrid, road or time trial)
  • Helmet
  • Bike shoes and clips are optional
  • Running shoes (socks optional)
  • Race belt (for number and/or fuel) optional
  • Water
  • Fuel/nutrition

Getting started is simple. Just begin swimming, biking and running. As easy, as this is to get going, the off season and the time for base building and foundation training are crucial. Specificity in your training program can and will come later. You ask, "why triathlon?" I think your question has been answered. Good luck and Godspeed!

What are your thoughts on triathlons?

A triathlon is one of the most difficult races to train for and compete in. Your expertise and input is very important!

Do you have a great story or any thoughts about this? Share it here!

Brandt Quick is CEO/President of BQuick Athletic Development, BQuick Nutrition and BQuick Tri-Dat. He can be reached at 1-855-TRY-BQUICK (879-2784), and website at www.bquickfitness.com, www.bquicknutrition.com or www.tri-dat.com

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