Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Different New Year's Resolution 2016

Ok, I'm not going to beat around the bush...I'm just going to put this out there and then I will explain why it's a GREAT idea for a resolution...

Resolve to do a TRIATHLON! 

The very first Triathlon 101 graduation race...nothing but smiles :-)

Don't wait, resolve to do one, find a team to train with (more on that below), find a goal race, get started!

Triathlon Resolution Explanation

The other day I overheard some people talking about New Year's resolutions. Of course, if you were like me and you stuffed your face over Christmas, your first thought for a resolution may be to lose weight. Last year the Neilsen Company did a survey and found the top 10 resolutions for 2015.

Source: Nielsen
No. 1 was "Stay fit and healthy". "Lose Weight" was a close second. I believe it is possible to kill two birds with one stone by resolving to do a triathlon. I can't count how many times I've resolved to eat better, exercise more...blah blah blah...only to have the first time I fall off the wagon derail my efforts. I can tell you from experience, there is nothing like signing up for a race that's a little outside your comfort zone to MOTIVATE you!

Below is a picture of a runner named Derek Mitchell. Derek decided to run a 5k every month in 2015.  According to Derek's community Facebook page, he ended up running 20 races and lost 100 pounds along the way. Do you think Derek was a little out of comfort zone when he signed up for his first race? I bet he was. But guess what? Once you register for that race and post your intentions on Facebook or Twitter or whatever, you are committed!

My guess is that you will show for swim practice...you will get out the door and complete your training run instead of sitting on the couch. You want to succeed.  All of your friends and family want you to succeed! All you need to do is try :-)

570 Pound Man Commits to Finishing a 5k Per Month

Wait, Wait, Wait...

Now, before you tell me I'm crazy or you start listing all of the various reasons why you think you cannot do a triathlon, let me just say one thing..."You are wrong!"

Think you are too old? WRONG! I was pushing 45 when I did my very first triathlon and HS was 61 years young when he did his first! S-I-X-T-Y  O-N-E...enough said!

Think you are too out of shape? That's what training is for... more on that below.

Think you don't have the right equipment? Unless you are shoeless and have no access to a bicycle (it's perfectly acceptable to borrow one for your first race) I'm not buying it.

Think you can't swim? Well, if you ask my swim coach, I still can't swim either. If you don't like swimming, join the club, I only do it so I can get on my bike and ride as far away from the water as possible ;-)  LOL  Actually, I've learned to enjoy swimming and I find it to be a great recovery workout. I'm at the age where I can't pound my body day after day...I need breaks and I need recovery workouts.

Local Athletes

If you live in the Lodi - Stockton - Manteca area, the Central Valley Triathlon Club (formerly Lodi Masters Triathletes) will be conducting their annual Triathlon 101 course. This is a 10 week course to get you ready for your graduation race...the Auburn Mini Triathlon.

The Triathlon 101 class will focus on getting you ready for the swim, teaching you bike safety and proper riding technique, as well as teaching you the ins and outs of transition (swim-to-bike and bike-to-run). Provided our winter stays wet and the local reservoirs fill up, we will have open water swim practices at Lake Camanche and a couple of practice triathlons.

Open water swim practice when there was water in Lake Comanche

Practice triathlon

The Auburn Mini Triathlon consists of a 500m swim - 8 mile bike - 2.6 mile run and according to the race organizers is an "excellent novice challenge with diverse terrain, incredible scenery and virtually no car traffic on both the bike and run!" This race is being held on Sunday, May 16, 2016.

NOTE: If you are out of the area and would like to find a club to train with, go to USA Triathlon and check out the club listings.  USA Triathlon also has an extensive list of events or you can go to Active.com to find even more races.

Steps to Success

1) Send me a message for more info on the Triathlon 101 class (I'm still waiting for some of the details from the coach).
2) Post your intention on Facebook. Let everyone know what you are committing to and invite them to join you.
3) Relax and enjoy the journey. Trust me when I tell you that you are going to meet some great people that love sharing the sport with new athletes :-)