Tales From a First Triathlon

It is a victory just to get here.

It is a victory just to get here.

I just did a triathlon 2 days ago. I’m not here to brag, I’m here to talk about my experience.

The first thing that needs to be said, triathlons are hard. I have a ton of newfound respect for people that do more than one of these a year. I’ve done a ton of athletic stuff in my life, mostly team sports, but all of that stuff pales in comparison to the amount of activity involved in one triathlon. I’d rather go back to 2 a days for football, or run “suicides” during basketball practice. This triathlon was tough.

The triathlon was also confounding and confused my body. It confounded me because I did all this activity in less than 2 hours. I do not understand how my body pushes through it all. I have played basketball for 2, sometimes three hours at a time, but I can take breaks during that. There’s no breaks during a triathlon. After the bike ride, I was exhausted, but I still had a 3.5 mile run left, and, with a little walking uphill, I did it. I still don’t know how. I’m still trying to figure it out. It confused my body because of all the random events. I started off strong, posting my best swim time ever. I trained hardest for the swimming, and I feel like it paid off. I did the 300 yards in about 6 and a half minutes. I know that’s not great, but it was great for me. I then transitioned to the bike, and I was feeling good. Even with the big hill at the start, I still felt good. The hills, the overcast weather and having my camel back on were a big time help. The new seat I got was great too. Even having to put my chain back on, it slipped off because I tried to change gears too quick, I finished the 9 mile ride under an hour, which was my goal. As I parked the bike I still felt okay, and then the running started. This was where my body started to get angry and mad. I feel like it was telling me, “enough”. But, I kept going. I think this pissed my body off even more. I didn’t feel it at the time, but later that night, and even still today, I haven’t recovered. My knees and heels are still sore. I also have this general malaise. I’m also moving slower than normal, and my brain is kind of fried.

All this being said though, I’m glad, and proud of myself, that I trained for this, and that I finished it. I feel like I’m currently in the best shape I’ve been in in a long time. I know when this malaise passes, I’ll be ready to dive back into all things athletic that I do. I’m going on vacation next week, and I know I’m hiking and climbing bluffs, and I’m stoked for it all. I’m also going to get back to basketball the following week, and I’m giddy for that. Also, I know that this wasn’t the last triathlon that I will do. Now that I know what it entails, and how better to train, I’m going to want to do it again to better my time. I like pushing myself, and this triathlon is as hard as I’ve pushed myself since high school.

My buddy who did it with me is already trying to get me to do another one, and he and I are running a half marathon in October. A half marathon was something I said I’d never do it again after I did one about 2 years ago, and here I am, 4 months away from my second. My buddy also helped me push through the finish. If you are going to do a triathlon, or anything like it, I recommend doing it with a friend. It’s really helpful.

So, while I’m exhausted and feel odd, I’m very happy I did this. I’m glad that I trained, and when the day came, I didn’t make an excuse or walk away. Yes, I’m tired now, but I know it won’t be for much longer. There is good and bad to doing something like this, but the good way outweighs the bad in my opinion. If you are on the fence, I’d say give it a try, but make sure you train, and know that you will be exhausted. But, when you finish, you will be proud. This was a cool, and odd experience, and I will do it again.

This is how I feel about triathlons.


Ty is the Pop Culture editor for SeedSing and the other host of the X Millennial Man Podcast. He has comquered all he has wanted in real sports. Nowadays Ty is trying to be the best at excercising.

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