A blog reader left the following comment on one of my old blog posts:
What’s the point of triathlons. I actually typed that into google and this page was one of the results. I don’t understand it. I get the whole sense of trying to accomplish something like climbing a mountain or swimming across the ocean but running around like a nut case doing a bunch of different sports.
Haha, I checked, and sure enough, my blog does come up as #7 when googling “What’s the point of triathlons”. (Actually, after posting this, I am now #3, woot). See image at right. Read on to find out my answer to that question…
Benefits of Triathlon
So, what exactly is the point of doing triathlons? Yes, I may be running around like a nut case, I will admit to that. But I absolutely do get a sense of accomplishment training to get fit, and racing to cross the finish line. Here are some other things that are awesome about doing triathlons:
- You’ll meet lots of friendly people
- The cross training hits alot of different muscle groups as compared to just one sport. This can reduce risk of injury as compared to just doing one sport.
- It’s not so bad getting older because you “age up” into a new racing category.
- having a race goal can motivate you to workout
- endorphines from workouts and spending lots of time outdoors is a mood booster.
- regular exercise reduces risk of health issues like heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
- confidence trickles into other parts of your life.
- Triathlon has races of many distances, making the sport very accessible.
What motivates you to do triathlons? Leave a comment and share!