Ten Reasons I’m Training for a Triathlon
Everyone knows that regular exercise offers loads of health benefits mentally, physically and emotionally. I’ve been “addicted” to exercise since I was 14. Serious about it since I was 18. In order to be as healthy as possible I have made healthy eating and exercise a priority in my life. I taught swimming lessons as a teen and am certified in kickboxing and power yoga. What I enjoy most for exercise is aerobics, TRX training, spinning, and loads of intense and challenging heated power yoga. Training for a triathlon incorporates cross training with three very different types of sports. Cross-training not only helps prevent plateaus in cardio workouts, but it also distributes the stress of exercise on the body more evenly. Despite I have been using plus size knee braces for a while now – I am determined to keep up my power yoga practice which is excellent for runners and cyclists. Plus, why not mix things up and challenge my mind and body with something new?
I’ll begin to feel stronger within a few weeks of training, which means I’ll be able to do a little more and go a little further.
3. Stress Relief
Hmmm, this is an interesting one as I can’t imagine anything relieving stress and emotions while strengthening the body and mind better than power yoga, but I am told triathlon training is another excellent way to achieve these benefits. I am excited to see if I find triathlon training as a form of stress relief. Whether I do or don’t I know it will challenge my mind tremendously between the running and road biking (two forms of exercise not currently on my list of favorites!)
Pushing through new challenges and struggles encourages mental focus, increases energy and strengthens confidence. I always get more accomplished and push myself to the next level the more I challenge and create new opportunities for myself.
Focus, concentration, and creativity will all increase as a result of training for something challenging and new.
6. Breaking Through Fear
I sometimes wonder if in my 20s I was fearless or if I chose not to acknowledge fear. Maybe I was just naive and thought nothing scary could ever happen to me. Somehow into my 30s I’ve noticed a few fears, and even occasional doubts. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ”There is nothing to fear but fear itself” is one of my favorite quotes because while having fears is human nature, refusing to acknowledge fears and holding onto fear makes the distance between yourself and our potential that much greater. Training and finishing a triathlon will put me face to face with my weaknesses. (hello, I can barely run and am fearful of wiping out on a bike!) Strengthen your weaknesses, chose to push through fears and doubts, and you will achieve and receive extraordinary things in your life.
Travel and Fitness- 2 of my top 10 favorite things. I might do the triathlon outside the California area. I can’t tell you how much the thought of travel and fitness combined excites and thrills me!
8. Mission Accomplished
As long as I can remember I’ve always been competitive against myself. The concept of competing against myself is likely about based on self-improvement, reaching to be better every day. Through the practice and study of yoga I’ve learned to be less harsh on myself and more self accepting. I still, however, maintain a high level of expectations for myself. New goals and achievements gives me that sense of accomplishment which in turn makes one feel happy, promotes a positive attitude, energy, and all around makes you feel better about life and everything that surrounds you.
What could be more fun than training for something and meeting new athletic friends? It’s likely I will meet new like minded fitness people and fellow trainers too.
Every new accomplishment transforms my life in ways I never imagined were possible. I am ready to begin the journey, soar ahead, and receive what comes my way…
“A true champion knows how to overcome doubts and manage those doubts and turn them into motivation.” – Misty Hyman