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So You Wanna Be a Triathlete?
Fact: You will not become efficient at swimming, biking or running overnight. This is NOT an easy sport.
Check your ego at the door because chances are someone fifty pounds heavier than you will lap you in the pool. Not to mention she will be ten or fifteen years older than you, too.
You will be passed on the bike many times, and you will never be the fastest runner in your town.
You will have early morning workouts. Really early.
You will plan your weekends around your swim, bike and run.
You will be up while others are sleeping.
You will be training while others are sitting.
You will discover others who also follow this blood, sweat and tears cult.
You will eventually get a flat tire…and have to change it all by yourself.
No matter what you hear, triathlon is NOT an inexpensive sport.
Warning, it is extremely addictive, hence the impulse spending on wetsuits, bikes, running shoes, aero bars, aero helmets, speed suits, power meters, GPS heart-rate monitors and many other “gotta have” items.
You will hate swimming more times than you like it for the first year.
You will suffer through road trips with whiny fellow triathletes.
You will suffer setbacks.
You may experience an injury.
You will develop a love/hate relationship with a foam roller and ice baths.
You will at some point realize you need a coach.
You will hate swimming for the first year.
You will wear tight clothing.
You will not like how this tight clothing fits or looks.
Your age will take on a whole new meaning.
You will discover a whole new meaning for tan lines.
Food will become an extremely important part of your life.
You will learn new words such as GU, cadence and brick.
You will hate swimming for the first year.
You will spend more time on your bike than on your couch.
You may lose a friend or two because you spend too much time swimming, biking and running, and they could care less about your heart rate training, foam rolling pain or 20-mile bike ride.
You will learn patience.
You will be humbled.
You will start to realize you are paying money to put yourself through pain and suffering, but for some odd reason, you LOVE it.
This sport called triathlon becomes a part of you. You start to plan your entire year around sprint, international, half iron- or full iron-distance races. Your vacations become racing, and you start to realize that this could become a life-long adventure.
Many people settle for things in life. They settle for a crappy job, marriage, friends, food, place to live and overall fitness and health. Those who desire more or those who want more out of life than a drive-thru window and boring sitcom, will choose triathlon or an activity that makes them happy—an activity that will change their life.
Triathlon will change your outlook on life, your career, your marriage, your goals, your friends and many other things you thought you had figured out. It’s not just crossing a finish line or going home with a boring finisher medal. It’s the countless hours that got you to that point—a moment in time that you will NEVER forget, a moment that you will discuss with your family and friends for hours if not days after the event. These discussions will most likely be about how you could have done better. At what point could you have swum faster, biked harder or ran more efficient? This is what will go through your head every day until you get the opportunity to suffer again.
So you wanna be a triathlete? Enjoy the ride and train hard!
Yes, I did wake up before azan shubuh preparing either morning run or bike . Even on Monday. I repeat MONDAY MORNING at 4 00 am
Yes, my weekend was like this :
Yes, I got flat Tyre twice during bike practice , dikejar anjing sekali -___-
Yes, I get bored swimming in Bumi Damai Indah pool (50m length 2 m width) with those pull, kick practice, pressing buoy between legs.
Yes, I understandably notice “manusia rencana Tuhan menentukan”, all set up at night bangun tidur hujan deras batal sudah training plan
Yes, I even went back to Manggala Wanabakti swimming pool on Wednesday morning to practice my swim skill. Oh, I met Pak Bambang, my coach almost 30 years ago! whoa! he still remember me and my sister!
Yes, after I had my 20km bike practice and I run for another 5km while taking my son to his futsal practice. So much for #multitasking. It’s called brick training btw.
The “dimana ada race disitu kita pergi liburan ya, nak” has started a year ago though. (Out of Jabodetabek) Race venue means vacation.
Was worried that box 140 cm x 70 cm x 25 cm box consist of bike couldn’t fit in at any exclusive taxi that I was thinking just go without the bike (muat di silver bird or prima express ternyata)
O well, in this case, this was unexpected vacation. Booked two tickets for my kiddos 4 days before departure ( on a long weekend season, uh-huh!) . Recalculating the budget :D.
(broke but happy though :D). Paying for the pain, but I LOVEEEE it.
view from our room which also the venue Marina Nongsa Point
to be continued