December 15, 2017

Five Reasons You Haven’t Tried A Tri

Jarrett Pflieger

It is human nature to be scared of unfamiliar territory. We are all excellent at making excuses to keep ourselves from going out of our comfort zone and trying something new. These excuses could be keeping us from doing things that could change our lives for the better.

For many people, the idea of competing in a triathlon can be a scary thing. There are countless excuses not to try a triathlon, but even more reasons why you should. Here are some common excuses keeping people from venturing into the sport and why they may not be very good ones.

I don’t have enough time to train:

The average American spends an average of 127 hours watching television and 26 hours on the Internet per month. Even a quarter of this amount of time is more than enough to train for all three sports included in a triathlon. Depending on the distance you choose to race, you can easily get enough quality training with less than 10 hours a week.

Not to say that training for a triathlon isn’t a sacrifice, because many times you do have to give up some things, but a few less hours a week on Facebook and Twitter could make a world of difference. So turn off those reality TV shows and lace up your running shoes, in the end you will not regret it.

I’m not a (swimmer/cyclist/runner):

You do not have to already be good at all three sports, or any of them, to compete in a triathlon. Even world-class triathletes have weaknesses they must work on to even be competitive. It helps to come from a background in one of the three sports, but there are plenty of excellent triathletes that had no prior experience in any of the sports before doing their first triathlon. You may have to put in more time in one or two of the sports to get them up to par with the others, but a good coach and training plan can definitely get you there.

I’m too out of shape:

All the more reason to try a triathlon. There are people of all different ages, shapes, and sizes competing in triathlons. Anyone can do it if they start slow and build their fitness up one step at a time. If you go out too hard, too fast, you may get burned out before your body has time to catch up. Again, a good training plan and a coach can help you progress at a rate that is appropriate for your abilities.

I’m scared of not finishing:

Not finishing is always a possibility. Flat tires, crashes, and injuries have kept even the best triathletes from the finish line. There are certain things you can’t control, but one thing you can control is how you prepare. Put the time in, put your miles in, and you won’t have to worry about your fitness being what keeps you from finishing. Even if you don’t finish, you still did what 99% of people have never done. You stepped up to the starting line of a triathlon and gave it all you had.

I have no idea where to start

There are an infinite number of resources to help you start your triathlon journey. Check out websites like, or many others dedicated to helping new athletes figure out what they need to do to succeed. There are thousands of books dedicated to the subject as well including Triathica’s Triathlon Roadmap as well.

You can also join your local triathlon club to find training partners, get advice, and ask questions. Find a certified triathlon coach to help you create a custom training plan based on your abilities and available training time. There is no shortage of information on how to start training for a triathlon if you know where to find it. So get out there and try something new. Even if you only do one race, it is something you carry with you forever.

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