Triathlon, like I mentioned before, is a sport that not a lot of people understand. People watch the Boston Marathon because they grasp the concept of running, even for 26.2 miles, and they cheer on Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in the Olympics because they understand swimming. They get the Tour De France, even if it seems nutty to ride for all those days and miles. But to put all three together is sometimes mind boggling for some people. Whether it’s a 20 mile sprint tri or a 140.6 mile Ironman, it’s a strange concept to some.
And triathletes love it, and wouldn’t have it any other way. Go read any triathlon blog, you’ll see. It’s a bug that you seem to catch after your first one. I have a friend who completed a super sprint a few weeks ago, her first tri. The day after it she sent me her tentative line up with multiple triathlons, for next season, asking how realistic it was. My advice? Of course you can do all the triathlons, duh! It is always realistic To have 100 races per summer, because doesn’t everyone!? Case in point, me. I ran one last season, will be completing my third for this season in less than two weeks, and I’m trying to figure out next season before I’m even done with this year. And my debate for next year is whether I can do a half Ironman, cram a bunch of sprints in, then do a full Ironman. What..? Crazy much? But that’s just how it goes. Talk to anyone who runs triathlons, it’s totally spot on.
Not everyone gets bit by the tri bug though, and that’s okay, it’s not for everyone (as much as I wish everyone would enjoy it with me). If you still haven’t quite figured it out yet, let this little video help guide you.