Ever wanted to get started with multisport but don’t know how to begin? The sport of Triathlon can seem daunting for someone trying it for the first time. I started the sport some four years ago, couldn’t swim 25 meters, and was a poor runner but persistence, hard work and a positive mindset allowed me to progress through the years.
Success in this sport, like any other in life is by working slowly towards the ultimate goal. What I meant is to start smaller goals, the ones that are very achievable in your current situation or condition, but will stretch you, as it is a goal. If initially you want to lose 5 kgs then so be it. Place a timeframe on it, plan then execute. Ultimately, by working on the ‘smaller’ goals, you become better mentally and physically and you can then progress to the next goal. Your end goal can be as lofty as you want them to be, life’s full of it.
So how do you race triathlons? Those getting into the sport can start with the ‘Enticer’ distance and build from there. (The Triathlon Australia prescribed Distances table can be seen in the AK Digital Edition July 2015 – see ‘FilOz Triathlon Club launched’.)
Some people don’t even get to do the Iron or even Half Iron distances, they’re just happy doing their preferred distance as time is usually the main factor in determining how much you can put in training. One thing that’s good about triathlons is that all people of any age, shape and size can do it. Racing is against yourself, not the training buddy standing next to you, or someone whom you made friends with after helping you fix up your wetsuit at the start of the swim. Triathlon is a very friendly sport; it’s very welcoming to everyone wanting to achieve something seemingly impossible.
Sometimes, just simply finishing is all that matters, crossing that line gives you that gratification and makes all the hard work and sacrifices put on training worthwhile. The feeling is indescribable. My photo below crossing the finish at my first Ironman distance race in Melbourne. After over 14 hours of racing, I finally crossed the line and completed the goals that I’ve set for myself. It took me almost four years to achieve that but all the preparation was worth it.
Endless questions like how do I train, or how long I should I swim, bike, or run or can I do all three or can I just do 1 or 2, and so on. Fear of the unknown is usually what stops us from achieving what we are really capable of, but being with like-minded individuals can definitely answer all these burning questions, as well as provide you with all the support you need. More importantly, they inspire you to achieve personal goals you never dreamt of achieving. And the good thing is, you don’t need to work on all three sports if you don’t want to. Some people happily work on 1 or 2 sports where they think they can really excel, and then move on doing the 3rd sport later, only to find themselves training on all 3 sports in just a short span of time.
Where do you find these sport loving, fun bunch, training and racing in Triathlons? Luckily, there’s a club in Western Sydney called FilOz Triathlon Club (FilOz), it was born out of the love of the sport by a small group of Filipino-Australians meeting up some 2 years ago after doing a race in Wollongong. The group is now 80+ strong members and counting. The group has members that have raced in all distances, from Novice distances all the way to Ironman.