Training for your first triathlon can be scary. There are so many unknowns. You might wonder if it is something you should even attempt. What if it hurts? What if I’m not very good at it? What if I don’t love it? Having questions is no reason to avoid trying. My mother used to tell me, “You’ll never know unless you try.” Well, I tried and now I know.

What if it hurts?

I guarantee it is going to hurt. There are a lot of things in life that hurt, many of them should be avoided. However, there are many things that cause us pain that actually improve our lives. Training for competition is one of those things. I expound upon this subject in depth in my book about different kinds of pain and our relationship with that pain, The Hard Run: Painful Lessons from a Running Granny. I also tell all new runners, “It’s okay to hurt.”


What if you aren’t very good at it?

You very likely will not be good at running, or kayaking, or biking – at least not at first. That’s okay. You weren’t good at walking or crawling when you first tried those things, but you didn’t quit and look how well you can walk now. Give it some time. You may never be fast, but you can be a stronger competitor and stronger person if you stick with it.


What if you 

don’t love it?

You may never love training. Even if that love does happen it often takes a little time to grow. While you are waiting for that fondness to develop you might as well keep training, because it is good for you. I often say, “I don’t love running. Running loves me!” It improves my life in many ways, even when I am not enjoying it.

There are more questions that you may be pondering. What happens if I get injured? We will address injuries, treatment, and prevention in later issues. What if I ruin my knees? You won’t. What if …

Anticipating what could go wrong is often more terrible than the actual activity. So, give it a go. Acknowledge that you are going to have some apprehensions. Ask yourself, “Will I survive?” 

If the answer is yes, then be courageous and get moving! “You’ll never know unless you try.”

Start training now for the Lake Frances Triple P Triathlon on June 12-13.

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