I gained both skill and endurance from my training, as well as enhanced muscle tone (my
weight didn't change). In the course of training, I swam 7.4 miles (11.8K), ran 40.7
miles (65.5K), and biked 156.5 miles (251.9K). That works out to an average of 15
triathlons (not counting the actual race)! I spent $257.08 on gear and admission (click here for an itemized list). Click here to see a list of everything I took to the
The triathlon was exciting, but I feel like it snuck up on me. I spent the months and
days beforehand concentrating on the details, which was good because I felt prepared. I
think, though, I should have spent some time visualizing and fantasizing about the day
of the race. If I had done that, the event would have seemed like a bigger deal instead
of catching me by surprise. I don't think I built it up enough.
I'm proud of myself, though, to have set such an intimidating goal and achieved it. My
friends and family have expressed their pride as well, and I appreciate their support
from the bottom of my heart. I would also like to thank Michele for encouraging me to
enter, and Shaula for all the companionship.
However, I'm glad it's over. The novelty of preparing for a triathlon wore off several
weeks before the race, and I'm ready to move on to the next big thing in my life,
whatever that is. For the past two months, I felt obliged to run, swim, or bike
whenever I had time to workout. Now, I can return to rock climbing and racquetball, and
other sports I've neglected.
One thing that has changed is my attitude toward running and biking. While I still
wouldn't enjoy resuming this training program, if someone asked me to go on a jog, I
might actually say yes. Before I wouldn't have considered it. Who knows, I may even go
by myself once in a while.
Would I do it again? I think the experience of becoming a first-time triathlete was
worth the challenges. It taught me that my body is able to do more than I expect, and
that my mind can be an obstacle during physical activity. I can add "did a triathlon"
to the list of reasons why I'm cool. But I don't know if I'm interested in doing any
more triathlons; at least not any time soon. Maybe by the time Danskin registration
rolls around next year, I'll have changed my mind, but for now, I'm ready to move on.
Update 1~20~02... Now, a few years later, jogging has become my exercise of choice. I haven't done any more triathlons, but my overall level of fitness has stayed high because of my triathlon training.