This week’s Friday Five link up is a “free” topic-oh the possibilities!! A few years back (2006) I did my first tri race. I loved it and I felt like a rock star afterwards. I continued to do them for a few years and then I just sort of got burnt out and stopped. It’s been a few years now but I’ve decided to jump back into them. Here’s why:
1. Everyone likes a challenge-Training for a tri race is a challenge. It’s way harder than doing a plain old running event. Most likely you are already not swimming, biking and running on regular basis and training requires you to reallocate your workout time. Forces you to step out of your comfort zone.
2. Mix it Up-Signing up for a tri race forces you to cross train. When I did tri races before, I was never injured. Then I stopped doing all of that cross training and upped my running miles. You guessed it-injuries started popping up. Coincidence? Who knows! Cross training is good for all of us. Keeps us from burning out on one sport. In addition, when you do the same activity all of the time, it is hard to see changes in your physique.
3. Cool lingo-You can start throwing around terms like “brick” , “T-1” and “T-2” and it just makes you sound hard core. Or you can just say you did a “threesome”. Plus you might actually get a “hard core”.
4. Excuses –to buy all new Gear. You can’t just bike and swim in your running gear. It’s fun to buy new gear right?
5. Bad Ass factor-It sounds so much more bad ass to say, “yeah I am doing a tri this weekend but have fun at your 10k” LOL.