British Triathlete Ben Dijkstra has come a long way since his first foray into the multi-sport event, however he takes us through his top ten reasons why you should sign up for your first Triathlon.
It’s great fun – a challenge should always be something to look forward to, especially if it is something you haven’t done before and maybe slightly out of your comfort zone.
A sense of achievement – I still remember the feeling of me crossing my first triathlon finish line and the sense of accomplishment with this was immense. Knowing that I had pushed my body – and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the race – was a strangely satisfying feeling and I wanted to sign up for my next triathlon straight away.
Get to know people - I have always found that being part of the triathlon community has been an extremely enjoyable experience with a tremendously warm reception from people of all abilities. In addition, friends and other triathletes often share tips or bits of advice which could help get you started for your first triathlon.
Very healthy – Triathlon is an excellent way of staying healthy and active. Regardless of how much training you are able to fit in your daily schedule, a bit of swim, bike, run action will undoubtedly keep you healthy with the enjoyable reward of hopefully racing at some point.
Inspire others – Completing a triathlon is undoubtedly a significant achievement and along with this sense of accomplishment will hopefully inspire others to apply themselves similarly, whether that be in signing up for a triathlon themselves or trying out a different sport.
Lose weight – similar to the aforementioned point on staying active and healthy, triathlon is a great way to burn calories – especially with working so many muscle groups with three different sports – and lose weight.
Training/ racing gets you places - A positive with triathlon is that we are fortunate to have multiple races over a long period of the year. The racing can take you far and wide across the country and there are even more opportunities to race abroad in exotic locations should that be a goal for you at some point. The sport has definitely taken me to some of my favourite places so far, and I’m already looking forward to more new locations in the future.
Raise money for charity – with many of the big triathlons in the UK, the events are supported by charities so just by entering you are supporting a good cause. Alternatively, the challenge of a triathlon is an excellent way for you to raise money for a charity of your choice with the support of friends, family and strangers.
Achieve things you didn’t think were possible - what is quite a typical response among triathletes after their first triathlon is the feeling that they have accomplished something that they didn’t know at first was possible.
Mental fortitude – by completing a triathlon you will have achieved something that requires a lot of mental strength. To keep pushing on all the way to the finish line when it may be a lot easier to quit and give up is an exceptional quality to have.
Had a setback during your Triathlon training? Ben gave us his advice on how to bounce back stronger in a separate blog.