About 2 years ago, my dad (48 at the time) started training for a triathlon. This is a sport that I knew existed, but not much else. I kid you not I asked him the question “Do all races do the 3 events in the same order, or is it up to the event coordinator?” For real. I thought he was nuts, but was super proud of him at the same time! He tried to get everyone in my family to do it with him with no takers. So he trained his heart out and did a sprint triathlon all on his own.
I saw how much weight he lost and how much motivation it gave him and was like “Ok, I’ll do that.” So last year (then ages 49 and 22) I trained with him and we competed in a sprint together and I won my age group! I even had a faster swim time than my dad! Exclamation point!
I realized some things in the training process:
1. Running is officially something that I will always hate and is not a dislike that can be “trained out.”
2. I am actually pretty decent at the swim! Don’t get me wrong, I hate few things more than getting in cold water after coming inside from the cold air to train in the wintertime, but somehow I have some endurance in this area. Now granted, my dad is mos def faster than me at the other two events, which are the ones that count the most, so…. I’m just going to focus on the positive!
3. Triathlon people are SO NICE! Seriously, the whole time during races people are cheering for you on the sidelines and telling you good job as they pass you or you pass them. Seriously. SO. SUPPORTIVE.
4. Getting panic attacks during races are something to be avoided at all cost. Losing the ability to hold your breath during the swim is no bueno.
5. Finishing a race is one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve ever experienced.
I ended up getting sick toward the end of the season last year and my hospital stay prevented me from competing in all of the races we had planned to, so I’m making up for it this year by training for an Olympic distance race! Don’t be fooled by my optimism, it sucks! But it is so worth it! Plus my dad is a mean training partner and will get onto me if I don’t train the way I need to. True story. Like a little kid.
Favorite Jon McCurdy quote to date:
“Quit sniffing like that! Blow your nose into your hand and wipe it on your pants, this is not a glamour sport!”
Can you feel the love? Ahhh good times.