Looking For A New Adventure? "Tri" Triathlon!

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You are a person constantly on the go, looking forward to your next adventure or that big thrill, It is in your DNA. If Papa was a rolling stone, you are the chip off the old man’s block. You had a bucket list years before the term ever was en vogue. You see life as one big adventure, trying to cram as many experiences on Earth as possible.

Completing a triathlon just may fit the bill if you are looking for the next adventure in your life. Considered the basic three disciplines of triathlon before making your decision to take the plunge. The swim: Because triathlons typically take place in the open water, access to open water is ideal for training, however a local pool will suffice and allows for easier tracking of time and distance covered.

The bike: Saddle soreness will occur but improves with time. The bike segment is typically the longest portion of the race so be sure to log plenty of time and distance prior to your race. It's a good idea to mix in some hill training and read up on bike technique to help reserve energy for the run portion of the course.

The Run: Jogging around a track or using a treadmill are great methods with which to record your progress, but it is also good to mix up your training with some hill and off-road miles as you are likely to experience this terrain on many courses. Take advantage of your local parks and trails to provide a variation of terrain and scenery to help prevent burnout.

Equally important to your training is your equipment. Good equipment will help ensure that your experience is a positive one. There's nothing worse than have to drop out of a great day of racing due to a simple avoidable equipment failure. Your local triathlon shop or online store should be able to provide plenty of information on what gear is best for your level of expertise and budget.

Keep in mind when swimming, if you have a history of swimmer's ear (Otitis Externa - A fungal infection that can occur when the canal is exposed to moisture frequently and/or for extended periods of time) you will want to consider wearing earplugs to help prevent infections. There are many different types of Ear plugs on the market including moldable silicone ear plugs, custom-molded earplugs and flanged style earplugs. If ear plugs aren't your "thing", Ear Drying Aids like ear drying drops or an electronic ear dryer will achieve the same results.

A bicycle will most likely be your priciest piece of gear. If you are on a tight budget, any safe bike that fits you will do the trick. If you think you’ll want to get more serious about triathlons, consider getting a more efficient road or triathlon specific bicycle from your local bike shop. For the best fit, feel and performance results, seek out a store that specializes in triathlon specific bicycles and make sure they have a professional that is certified to fit triathlon bicycles.

This goes a long way to ensuring you will be happy with your investment. For your running gear, nothing beats a good fitting pair of running shoes. Again, paying a little more to get a good fit from a knowledgeable professional goes a long way towards keeping you healthy and ensuring the best results from your investment. Most people are aware of this, but shoe manufacturers recommend replacing your running shoes about every 500 miles for optimal performance.

On race day, you will be full of excitement and nerves. The months of preparation have gotten you this far and all you need to do now is complete the race. Just being organized and prepared with all your equipment laid out for easy access in the transition area can skim precious seconds or even minutes off your final results.

Make sure you remember where you racked your bike so you can find it easily at the first transition to the bike portion. Some people use brightly colored towels or even tie helium balloon to the rack by their bike as a visual cue so they can find their bike among the masses with little thought.

Arrive at the race site with plenty of spare time to prep the area next to your bike with a small gear bag, towel, socks (if necessary) running shoes/shorts/shirt, race bib, sun glasses and perhaps a nutritional bar or gel for an extra energy boost when needed. Don’t forget that a helmet is required and must be strapped and secured to your head before leaving the transition area or your may be penalized.

If you have trained and prepared, the day will fly by as you complete the swimming, biking and running segments moving from one segment to another with ease. Before you know it, you will hear the cheers at the finish line and that great feeling of accomplishment will be yours to enjoy.

With proper training and perhaps a bit of coaching from more experienced triathletes, upon completing their first triathlon, most people find it to be very rewarding on many levels. If you are looking for your next great challenge and a new sport that will help keep you fit, the sport of triathlon is an excellent option worth giving a "tri".

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