5 reasons why you CAN do a Triathlon
Sportspace Sponsored Athlete and Professional Triathlete, Amy Kilpin, gives you five reasons why you can take on a Triathlon (regardless of age, ability or experience)...
As I stood at the start line of the half Ironman World Championships last year, I had to remind myself where I had come from only a few years ago. And that, quite frankly, was nowhere.
I started triathlon in 2012 and couldn’t swim one length of front crawl. I had to take adult swimming lessons at Sportspace Tring. I didn’t own a bike, so I bought a cheap second-hand one off eBay. That year I took part in a few triathlons and was the very last person out of the water – sometimes last person out on the course. And here I was, having qualified to compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships (for those who don’t know, this distance is a 1.9k swim, 90k bike and 21k run).
So believe me when I tell you – you really CAN do a triathlon.
If you’ve always fancied giving one a go, this is your perfect opportunity. The inaugural Hemel Hempstead triathlon is a perfect distance for you to have a go at your first one – the distances are really achievable.
Aside from the distance, I want to give you 5 further reasons why you can do it:
1. It’s all in your head – mind over matter
As the Ironman strapline goes: “Anything is possible.” This really is true – for something which may seem inconceivable to you, all it takes is the right positive attitude and you will be able to achieve whatever you want. If you approach it with mental toughness, you will be tough – the ‘can do’ attitude wins every time.
2. No open water fears
This particular triathlon is a pool-based triathlon so if you’re scared of open water, which many of us are, then this is the perfect opportunity to give it a go in a safe and familiar environment. The perfect starting point before you move on to bigger stuff!
3. Don’t be afraid to walk the run
Some people are too nervous to enter a triathlon because they aren’t strong runners, but it shouldn’t stop you from taking on the challenge. In the longer distances which I race, it is very, very common to see a large number of people walking on the run. If you have to walk some or all of it – so be it. It’s a step in the right direction (forgive the pun!).
4. We all start from somewhere. Now is your somewhere
Even the Brownlee brothers (World Champion Triathletes) would have been pretty rubbish at one point. The fact is, we all start from somewhere and I am living proof of that! If you make this first huge leap and take on the challenge of your first triathlon, you might be like me and never look back! Or you might decide you’ve ticked that box and can feel smug for the rest of your life. Whatever the outcome, this is a great opportunity to start something new.
5. You will feel absolutely awesome. Like a superhero
No exaggeration. When you come down that finish line, you will feel utterly amazing. The adrenaline, the endorphins, and the feeling of having conquered a triathlon (three sports!!!) will stay with you for a long, long time. It’s a fantastic achievement and one I can pretty much guarantee you won’t regret. I’ve done countless triathlons and still, it hits me every time. It really is special.
If those aren’t good enough reasons to get your swim-bike-run on then I’m not sure what are! You might even end up like me and build up to longer stuff – distances you never even imagined were possible.
You can sign up to the Hemel Hempstead Triathlon here – see you at the finish line!
Read more about Amy’s triathlon story at www.amykilpin.co.uk