Signing up for a triathlon is a serious undertaking, and simply committing by registering for the race is the first step on your way to the finish line. The exhilaration, fear and second thoughts rushing through your brain are completely normal—no matter if it's your first sprint or your third IRONMAN.
From excitement to regret, here are 18 thoughts all triathletes experience after registering for a triathlon.
HERE WE GO!1 of 19
Let's do this thang!
Facebook Official!2 of 19
If it's not shared on Facebook, it didn't happen. Right?
Wait, how much did I spend?3 of 19
I guess that's what I get for waiting so long to register.
Hold up.4 of 19
Did I really just register? For reals?
I should probably figure out this whole training thing.5 of 19
*Googles sample triathlon training plans*
This seems "manageable."6 of 19
I only have to swim, bike and run six days a week. Sheesh.
What time is it?7 of 19
It's too late—I'll take my first rest day today.
Time to create my gear list.8 of 19
Goggles...earplugs...swim cap...tri suit...
I'm definitely missing some gear.9 of 19
AMAZON PRIME, ENGAGE.
I bet I can get my friends to do this, too.10 of 19
They better do the relay at the very least. Or show up and cheer.
So I can't eat ice cream before a hard swim?11 of 19
This nutrition plan is going to be harder than the workouts.
I hate gels. Hate them.12 of 19
It's too bad they work so well. Gulp.
If I do everything perfectly, I bet I can podium.13 of 19
Visualizing is the key to success. Or something like that.
Let's check out my age-group results from last year.14 of 19
Wait. Hold up. This can't be right.
New goal.15 of 19
Hmmm, this playlist should do the trick.16 of 19
Rocky theme song. Eye of the Tiger. We Are the Champions. Repeat.
I better make room for my finisher medal.17 of 19
Goodbye oil painting, this is going in the entryway.
Should I start drafting my Instagram post now?18 of 19
I'm gonna use all the emojis. #triathlon #inspo