Triathlete Profile: Scott
Understanding how to balance life with triathlon training, family and job responsibilities is the key to being successful in your triathlon journey.
This profile showcases a beginner triathlete BEFORE and AFTER his first triathlon.
How long have you been doing triathlons?
(it’s ok if you haven’t done one yet)
I just did my first triathlon on July 28, 2011 about a month after I contacted you at Triathanewbie. I returned to the same event the following week (it runs weekly for 8 weeks) and took 4 minutes of my overall time.
How do you balance workouts with family/job responsibilities?
This is a great question because it is a very difficult aspect of preparing for the event. I schedule my days of rest on the days that have most opportunity to spend fun time with my daughter and days that I may need to spend extra time on work. I got my daily schedule organized, I cooked meals in advance so I could not only ensure to eat properly, but also to save time. I ustilize the gym on days I couldn’t be outside before dark or during inclement weather. I made a full commitment to myself that I was going to get in shape. I didn’t say I was going to “try” to do anything. I set a goal and stuck to it. This forced me to organize my schedule to not miss anything on either side of the equation.
How long have you been doing triathlons?
I had been working out to lose weight and get in shape. I found cycling as a fantastic sport that I loved to do. That lead me to search for cycling events. In my search for events, I remembered that the lake and recreational facility I belong does a triathlon series, I thought it would be a great challenge to take on.
What is the best advice you can give a newbie?
Read everything on the Triathanewbie website. All the FAQ and the tips that I found on the website proved useful in training, having proper gear, and the event itself. I truly gained lots of useful information that I used to get ready and get through my first triathlon
What is your favorite workout?
Cycling. I love cycling. I bought a new road bike about 6 weeks ago and haven’t stopped riding it since. I had only been a mountain biker before but now I’m hooked on the road bike. It’s such an great workout and great calorie burner. It’s also a great way to see the landscape around you and in from a different perspective.
Where and when is your first triathlon? What is the distance?
Winding Trails Recreational Lake in Farmington, CT (my hometown). It was 1/4 mile swim in the lake, 8k mountain bike ride, 5k run through the trails. It rained hard all afternoon before the event and didn’t stop until we all get set to head to the water. Since the bike and run were through the wooded trails it was quite messy. It made it especially fun in a way too (see the photo of my bike)
How does your pre-triathlon vision compare with what the actual event?
I was expecting I’d enjoy it once I made through the finish, that I would be too worried about just finishing, but I enjoyed the entire experience. I fully enjoyed the challenges, the nerves and excitement, the workout and the fact that I was in the middle of accomplishing something that most people I know would not be able to do.
What was your favorite part of your first triathlon?
The entire experience from beginning to end, being involved in something that took a lot of hard work to prepare for and to challenge myself through each phase was exciting and exhilirating and fulfilling. The pre-race jitters, the first stroke in the water, coming out of the water to head to the transition, riding up the hill to begin the bike run, having someone hand me a drink as I passed by, the spectator’s that cheered me on even though they were total strangers, moments that I felt winded and I pushed the thought aside and pushed to take the next step a little faster instead of slowing down, the accomplishment of passing someone and the admiration of another who passed me, the fellow racers who uttered words of encouragement as we rounded the last curve to final stretch to the finish and finally hitting the finish line with full stride knowing I did it.
What was the most challenging part of your first triathlon?
Without a doubt the transitions are tough. Thanks to the advice I found through this website I was far more prepared than I could expect, but it takes getting accustomed to doing.
What advice would you give a newbie now that you’ve completed your first triathlon?
Pick an event and target that date, sign up and do it. I had doubts early on and even when I sent my email in to get some advice because I didn’t think I was ready for the swim. I made my choice to do it and I didn’t let doubt get in my way.
What’s next for you?
I will do two more the same triathlon event that I started with and found an event in Newport, RI (about 2 hrs from here) for the Amica 19.7 event. I want to do a triathlon with more traditional style to do road bike and road run. Before my first event, I was struggling with the 1/4 mile swim, but I now can do the 1/2 mile swim at a faster pace than my first 1/4 mile swim so I’m ready. I plan to work up to the Olympic distance triathlon by next year. I have definitely found an excellent new passion to continue train and compete in triathlons.
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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