Triathlon in the Eyes of a Marathoner
TRIATHLON as a sporting event is presently gaining rapid popularity, with thousands of new participants eager to swim, bike and run their way through one of the most grueling tests of stamina and human endurance to exist in the world of sports. Progressively drawing more and more attention since the 1970s, it has emerged as one of the fastest-rising physical activities in the world. In fact, it seems as if everyone is giving it a try nowadays, with more triathlon events being scheduled this year than the previous.
Entering your first triathlon, however, is not as easy as one might think. There are a lot more that needs to be prepared for than simply just paddling in the water, riding the bike and running. Deciding to be a triathlete is a major commitment, and like all commitments, it requires physical, mental, emotional and financial investments. The training and preparation alone can take such a toll that many are discouraged and are forced to stop even at this early stage.
But still many more are encouraged, especially those who have ready access to helpful information and training, and those who have the support of their loved ones. Of course the final motivating factor must come from deep within, and to most, crossing the finish line while your family and friends cheer you on, and that shiny medal or trophy waiting at the end are enough for them to give it a try.
This article was originally written by Maui Daton on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 and can be found here.