For the Love of Triathlon

August 9th, 2016 by Kaitlyn Patterson

-By Kathy Braginton, Team OAM NOW Multi-sport athlete
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What do people love about Triathlon? I have been thinking back on my years in the multi-sport realm and tried to think of someone that tried a triathlon that did not love it. I could not think of one. Once you have completed your first race, you will be hooked! Just finishing a race is a major accomplishment in the world of triathlon and that feeling of accomplishment is like nothing else. Once you cross your first finish line, you’re going to want to do it again and again.

Here are my 5 reasons to love triathlon:braginton tri
1. Triathlon provides variety in your workouts. Variety is the Spice of Life: the new and exciting experiences make life more interesting. After suffering several injures from just pounding the pavement, I discovered the variety provided an all over fitness level and helped to reduce injuries.
2. Triathlon has an incredible sense of community. There is a certain sort of intimacy that is shared when you do more than just run with someone. Triathletes are motivated people. They are always up for a swim, a bike, or a run.
3. Triathlon always keeps me learning. Racing at different distances or setting new goals provides additional learning opportunities along the way. It is a lifelong learning experience and there is always more to learn.
4. Triathlon is a challenge both physically and mentally. It is just as much about my mental disposition, as my physical training. It is a true test of my power of optimism.
5. Triathlon allows me to be a role model. What our kids watch us do, as far as athletics, often becomes part of what they want to do at a young age. Have you ever thought about introducing your kids to triathlon? There is a great opportunity coming up for you to do just that. The Kids Get Active Triathlon, presented by Spirit Racing is Saturday, August 13, in Portage, MI. Check out the website for full details.
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So, why not try a tri? It is up to you how many new things you are willing to “tri.” The biggest step into unknown territory is the very first one. The key word is “tri” and you just might find you will want to do it again and again.



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