Couch to Triathlon

7 Reasons Why I Want to Become a Triathlete

ONE

Get outside my comfort zone - simply writing "why I want to become a triathlete" makes me uncomfortable. The term triathlete in my mind holds high value and with my lack of fitness experience, I start to doubt my ability. It's time for me and the term to get better acquainted. 

TWO

Strengthen my mind and body. 

THREE

Learn about myself - I will learn how to swim and rediscover my love for running. I will learn what works for my body, the best nutrition and what fuels me. The journey will be a blissful one, I can feel it. 

FOUR

Be part of a community - meeting new people is something I always strive for especially now being in a new city. Exchanging stories and sharing an interest with others strengthens our mental health and relationships. 

FIVE

Fuel my happiness and passion for fitness - When I play sports or ride my bike, I am in my element. It allows me to clear my head and stay creative. 

SIX

Build my nutrition brand - I'm a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and my interest lies in fitness nutrition. During my journey, I will learn and experience effective ways to boost my energy and fuel my body appropriately. 

SEVEN

See what the fuss is all about - there are so many people who've told me "once you do your first triathlon, you won't want to stop." There must be something exhilarating about it, and I want to experience it.


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PLANNING

Day 1: Run 15 minutes

How do you intend to achieve your goals? Do you have a plan in place? We cannot succeed in accomplishing our goals without a plan.

After spending the last 5 months recharging, reflecting and building up strength to re-emerge from what felt like rock bottom, I decided to strengthen my mind and body by training for my first sprint triathlon. 

I’m nervous to get through the training, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and excited to see my growth over the next 11-weeks. Let’s do this! 

 

 

 

The simple desire of wanting something is enough to begin.
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DOUBT

Day 2: Bike 8 km

Doubt and worry has a sneaky way of crawling back in and jeopardizing your progress. After reading The Big Leap, I’m working on noticing my doubts/worries, letting go of the thoughts and shifting away from them, thinking what positive new thing is trying to come into being and focusing on my true feeling. When it comes to training, it’s all about mindset and finding a way to shift from doubt and fear to belief and growth. How do you get through the doubt and fear?.

PERSEVERANCE

Day 3: Rest day

Your level of success is determined by your level of determination and perseverance. There will be obstacles, there will be set backs and there sure will be doubt, but with hard work there are no limits. When we set goals and fail to reach them, our brain mistakenly interprets it as a loss and we take a huge emotional hit. The key is to remind yourself, or write it out so you can see it daily, of all the goals you have achieved (big or small). Focus on the task at hand and enjoy the present moment. In the end, it's the small things that lead to big changes.

STRETCH

Day 4: Bike 8 km

Not only should you stretch before and after your workout to prevent injury, lessen muscle soreness, increase flexibility, improve circulation and better your posture. You should also stretch outside your comfort zone to strengthen your body and mind. 

ATTITUDE 

Day 5: Run 15 minutes

No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch. 

Whether you're just starting or aiming higher, don't give up. The beginning is always tough but at some point you'll level up. It simply takes time and effort.

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REFOCUS

Day 6: Strength training

 

FORTITUDE

Day 7: Rest day

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. Over the last couple of months, I found myself struggling with many aspects of my life - professionally and personally.

After months of rest and reflection, I decided to work towards a new goal that will strengthen my body and mind. As I was laying on the couch watching Netflix, I noticed my single hanging medal from the duathlon I've completed back in August 2017. Ever since I was introduced to triathlons, I've had this strong desire to complete one but I've always had some excuse - I didn't know how to swim, the training is challenging or can I manage training with work and social life? You'll never be ready and it might never be the right time. I truly believe you MAKE time for what you truly desire and work hard.

As I began training, I noticed a shift. I stand a little taller, I think a little clearer, I look forward to training and learning what my body needs, and enjoy every minute of it. ⠀

COURAGE

Day 8: Swim 200 meters + Run 15 minutes

You have the courage. 

Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.

Taking on a new challenge is hard work. It forces you to break old habits, adopt a new mindset and requires courage, which deep down we all have the strength and resilience. It's simply takes practice.

In the midst of my training, I'm continuously facing the fear of failing and facing the fear of swimming in open water. But in the end, all I can do is show myself compassion, seek guidance from others, keep an open mind and smile.

Today I'm jumping in the water and attempting to swim front crawl. ⠀⠀

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ACCOUNTABILITY

Day 9: Bike 10 km

Sharing my goals with my community encourages me to keep up with my training and achieving my goals. It’s also a way to keep others accountable – a visual reminder to never give up. Who's your accountability buddy? 

STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES

Day 10: Run 20 mins

A key strength is recognizing your weakness. Swimming is mine. I remember distincly inviting my friends to the local pool for my 9th birthday party. Half of my friends were jumping off the board into the deep end, while the rest played in the shallow end. In order to cross over to the deep end, you had to swim 2 laps. I barely made it half way because my puny arms couldn't keep up. I was exhausted.

20 years later, I'm attempting to swim laps because there's nothing more satisfying than learning the front crawl.  ⠀

REFLECT & RECHARGE

Day 11: Rest Day

We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience. I gravitate towards movies and books based on true stories that pull on my heart strings, gets me shedding a few tears, inspires me or challenges my beliefs. We all have a story to share and lessons to learn from one another.

Watching my first half @ironmantri , I was speechless and held myself from crying... tears of happiness of course. Every participant crossing the finish line had an inspiring story and I was proud of them all. A 50 year old woman completed the triathlon post her cancer treatment. An 80 year old was taking part in his very first race. The youngest participants was sharing the experience with his 60 year old father! Regardless of the reason, it's inspiring to see people from all walks of life balancing family/friends, training, volunteer and work. It's takes hard work, dedication and resilience.

Why are you training for a triathlon/marathon/10K/_____ ? 

SOLITUDE 

Day 12: Swim 200m

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself. Solitude frees us to reconnect with ourselves and with the world and to generate ideas and meaning.

When I train alone I tune into my body and make note of how my body feels and the thoughts running through my mind. They say a triathlon is 90% mental and the other half physical. During my duathlon back in August 2017, my thoughts were all over the place, when I was struggling with my run and cramping up, I thought to myself "Why on earth am I doing this?" but once I got on my bike (my favourite part!) I was loving every moment. Nothing in life comes easy, but it's damn worth it in the end. ⠀