Ben_Luster

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Understanding how to balance life with triathlon training, family and job responsibilities is the key to being successful in your triathlon journey. Read the profile below to see how he does it!

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    1. How long have you been doing triathlons?

I completed my first multisport race in 2003 at a local event in Kewaunee, WI. I was instantly hooked and have since competed in everything from sprint races to Ironman. I love the sport and more importantly the people that participate in it.

    1. How do you balance your workouts with family/job responsibilities?

Life can get very busy with work, family and everything else that comes our way on a daily basis. Trying to fit in a serious training regiment can be difficult but with a little extra effort anything is possible.I have found that creating a training schedule at the beginning of the year helps me stay on track and keep a balanced lifestyle. Also, multitasking will become your best friend. You’ll find yourself stretching while waiting in line at the grocery store or doing a core workout while you watch a movie with your family

    1. What inspired you to try a triathlon?

My inspiration for entering and remaining in the triathlon world comes from all the great athletes that participate in the sport. I still remember my legs cramping up on the run portion of my first Ironman and a fellow triathlete running by saying, “I was in your position not too long ago, you’ll be ok and you will finish!” There are not many other sports where a “competitor” will encourage another athlete.

    1. What do you consider the most challenging part of a triathlon?

I have found that the most difficult part of triathlon can be signing up. If you are thinking of doing a triathlon, go for it! Hit the register button and everything else will fall into place. You won’t regret your decision.

    1. What do you consider the least challenging part of a triathlon?

With TriathaNewbie, finding great advice is the least challenging part of the sport. TriathaNewbie is a comprehensive site with everything you need to know about getting started in the sport. Also, don’t be afraid to join your local triathlon club. Most likely there is a club near you which can help with any type of racing you wish to do.

    1. What’s next for you?

Tri To Finish is the next big race thing on the schedule. Tri To Finish is a Michigan based race management company that has found a large void between locally run short course events and Ironman. On one end of the spectrum you’ll find local events that can be well run but lack the excitement of an Ironman venue. On the other end, Ironman brings over-the-top flair to their events. Their athletes arrive days in advance, enjoy post-race festivities and many times stay 24 hours after the race is over. Tri To Finish plans to fill the void between these two types of events by creating short course races with added energy. At Tri To Finish events you’ll expect impressive finish lines, cash prizes, great raffles, and most importantly a sense of community among the athletes. There will be nine races in Tri To Finish’s 2012 season and each will bring an unique experience to every racer.If you’re an athlete in the Midwest, be sure to check out these races. Read More about Tri to Fiish Events.

Interested in telling TriathaNewbie.com readers how YOU balance YOUR life with triathlons? Email us with the subject line “Triathlete Profile” and let us know! We would love to hear from newbies as well as seasoned veterans. Your words just might inspire someone to get off the couch and to the starting line!

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