Some people are intimidated by the idea of a triathlon because they think everyone at the race will look like the Iron Man athletes on TV – buff and bronzed with a glint of superhero strength in their eyes.
Go to a local triathlon, and you’ll see a different picture. You’ll see all ages, all shapes and certainly all ability-levels represented.
Want to know who you’ll see there? People like Kas Seerla, who wrote about her first sprint triathlon for CNN’s Fit Nation.
She did a women’s only tri as a warm up to the big race she was training for. She didn’t do all three legs, either (yes, doing a tri in teams is an option). But, she did it and so can you. Doing a small sprint triathlon is a good way to test out the sport of triathlons.
For those unfamiliar with the sport, her race day report is a decent one to look over to get an idea of how things might go. Her race involved a pool, rather than open swim, which is something I’m not used to but you may find a race you’re interested uses a pool for the swim portion.
She talks briefly about packing for the race, setting up her bike in the transition area and how she went through the transitions during the race.
Her goals were not lofty – there was no time she was aiming to beat, no burden to do more than she could handle. She simply didn’t want to be rescued during the swim (a good goal to have), she didn’t want to wipe out on the bike (another good goal) and she didn’t want any problems during the transitions between each event. She considered it all a success.