The other day I was in a meeting with some associates and mentioned my first triathlon training.
One of the gents in his mid-fifties became interested and began asking questions about how I prepared for it.
After a little Q & A, I really didn’t know who was the more excited, my friend, who with a little inspiration, could see himself really doing a triathlon, or me because there was someone his age showing interest in it.
I say this because I also mentioned to them how disappointed I was that there were so few entries in my age group (65 – 69).
This guy showed so much enthusiasm that everyone in the room became interested.
In short, my explanation went something like this…
After making the decision that a triathlon was something I really wanted to do, I did a lot of research (there’s plenty of free and easily accessible information out there on the internet) and I truly believe that information is power.
I had a mountain bike I used to cruise the beach once in a while, but I started riding about fifty miles a week (only about an hour a day), and really began to enjoy it.
If you don’t own a bike, no worries, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on one. At events, I’ve seen mountain bikes, beach cruisers and bicycles that had been sitting in garages for years being used.
After building up a little stamina, which I did by increasing the length of my my rides, I could do a long steady paced ride and or even go out and do sprints to build endurance, which really helped me get ready for race day.
The event that I seem to get asked the most questions about is the swim, just about everyone is concerned about the water.
But many of the athletes I’ve talked to refer to swimming as more of an art than a sport, and after diving in head first (pardon the pun), I agree with this wholeheartedly.
To work on your form, look for a lap pool (at least 25 meters), most of the newer gyms or even housing developments have one.
But for the more adventurous and outdoors types, oceans and local lakes offer a more natural training environment, and allow you a little more freedom as to how far you want to go.
If it’s slow going, don’t become discouraged – stick with it, you’ll get better much faster than you think!
The last and final part of a triathlon – and my hardest event – the run.
After putting it off for years, I had surgery on my knee in 2006, so I had to ease into running.
I started out by running a block in my neighborhood, then I would walk across the cross street, and kept repeating this until I eventually I worked my way up to running three miles a day.
I may not have been setting any records, but I was hitting my goals.
When training for a triathlon, I try to do two legs of the event (ie. running and swimming or biking and running) as often as possible, so you’re ready for it…
I’m not going to get into nutrition right now but it is something that is a necessary evil and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Wow! That’s a lot of information from just a brief question and answer session on triathlons.
I hope this can show you that you can do whatever you put your mind to at any age…
It doesn’t have to be triathlons, it could just be a walk for a local cause or just a walk for you!
The biggest step is the first one.
Getting started may seem like a daunting task, but once you get going, it’s hard to stop!
And you can start today…
After dinner this evening, go for a stroll around the neighborhood, nothing to strenuous, just a nice leisurely walk around the block.
Start small, and then we’ll work our way up from there.
I know you can do it – because I did!