Five Secrets to Enjoying Your First Triathlon

At first glance, training for a triathlon seems exceptionally complex: You're taking on a blend of three different endurance activities, each with a different set of skills and training demands.

While it's good to have a small dose of nervous excitement to help motivate you to complete the key workouts of your training plan, you don't want to be overwrought by the project.

Rather, the first thing to is to focus your thoughts and energy around the small tasks that comprise a good triathlon training program, making sure you first and foremost enjoy the process of being a triathlete.

Years ago, a friend of mine told me what the secret was to enjoying the arduous challenge of completing a full IRONMAN. "I'm not that worried about whether the race goes perfectly or not," he told me. "For me, it's all about the time I get to spend with my friends training together on weekends."

In other words, the race is the icing on the cake.

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