Triathlon Training Inspiration

When I decided that I was going to compete in triathlons back in November of 2008, one of the first things I did was look for other newbie or training triathletes to see what they were doing and how they were feeling.

When you’re nervous about doing something, it’s always good to know that you’re not alone. And when you see others accomplish what you are setting out to do, especially if they are coming from that beginner perspective, it makes it easier to believe that you can do it too.

I went to Ironman training sites and experienced sprint triathlon sites, and I have some of those on my blog roll because they are great for tips and I just think those bloggers are cool, but they are so far ahead of me, while I’m ultra-impressed, I’m also a little intimidated. Someday maybe I’ll be hardcore too, but not yet.

So I searched for blogs of newbies at my level or a little ahead of me. And I found two blogger beginner triathletes who I have learned so much from, I just needed to give them a shout out. While they are young enough to be my daughters and definitely in better shape than I was starting out, they were also starting out. And they have been very candid about their struggles as well as their triumphs. Following these two bloggers has gotten me over the hump a couple of times when I just wasn’t sure I could do it.

My blogger girls, Jessica, who writes Gearing Up; and Jill, who writes Finishing is Winning; just completed huge goals, with Jill completing a half marathon and Jessica finishing the Redman Sprint Triathlon (a 1500-meter swim, 28-mile bike and 10K run). You go, girls!

We have all come a long way from almost a year ago. And by following their journeys— warts and all— I know they will keep inspiring me to work harder and go farther.

Thank you Jill and Jessica!

I’d also like to thank Hanlie from FertileHealthy for bestowing an Honest Scrap Blog award on me! I will be responding to that tomorrow.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Hey, thanks for the shout out! You’ve been a constant source of inspiration for me, too! I love reading your blog, and I can relate to the struggles and triumphs you go through, for I’m either a step behind or a step ahead. Keep up the blogging, and I promise to as well. Triathlon is a great community, and online is a great resource! I, too, appreciate the motivation, inspiration and pride that comes from my fellow triathletes and bloggers!


  2. Posted by Jeannie Porter on September 30, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for the post! I went back to school to complete my degree…and will graduate in December. I have set a goal once I am no longer working 40 hour weeks and attending 12 hours of night classes…to do a triatholon. Your blog has been great to motivate and inspire me. I will check out the other bloggers you mentioned…to help me as well! Thanks a bunch!


    • So glad to be an inspiration. I started training in November last year for a triathlon in April. It was tough but it was well worth the effort. I didn’t feel like a “triathlete” until my race in September, but I’m ready to go full steam ahead for next year! Best of luck! And work and school? That’s a huge undertaking in itself! If you can do that, a triathlon will be cake!


  3. Posted by onelittlejill on September 30, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    You have NO IDEA how much this post means, especially today!!!

    I definitely made a huge decision recently and I have been kind of down about it- thanks for cheering me up 🙂


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