Why do I believe that a sprint triathlon can be done by everyone? In German, the sprint triathlon is called a Jederman. Jederman means – anyone, everyone, and everybody!
Volksdistanz is the super sprint triathlon and that usually means that the swim is shortened from 750m to 400m.
So, this is for you too;)
yes or no
the biggest obstacle is you
The obstacles are real and you have to work on overcoming them!
Believing in yourself to either try something new can be a real hurdle to overcome. All obstacles are real and you have to know if you really want this or not.
You, yourself remain to be the biggest obstacle. There are always reasons why or why not to do something. This is true.
an age that cannot be changed
The more I have gone into triathlons or running, the more I learn that age is not an obstacle. Our age is what it is and we can do nothing about that. What we are chronologically, physically, or mentally is where the real challenges lay.
The older you get, the more careful you must be in your training. So adapt accordingly. I once saw a YouTube clip of a 90-year-old nun who is still doing triathlons! I find her amazing and totally inspiring!
motivation to do a sprint triathlon for everyone
You have to sort out your why early on in your training. I have found it so difficult on many days when I am just plain tired or busy to keep on going. Knowing why I am doing this certainly helps me.
So, why do I do this?
I love to run. Well, not all the time – that is true. I love to think and pray on my runs. When I am running I feel that I own the whole world. Running in the very early hours of the morning is when I especially feel this to be true for me.
I love to cycle. To be absolutely honest, I do prefer the city bike but I am slowly learning to love the racing bike. I notice my surroundings so much more and I love that. Learning something new is always so much fun and so I’ve learned to ride with clips now too.
I love to swim. The water has always been my friend. When I was young we swam in our local river throughout the summer. I learned to swim ‘competitively’ only in high school. I am very average but that has never stopped me from enjoying my swims.
I’ve tried various activities in the water and I do not enjoy them all. I did a scuba diving course in Malaysia and I did a few dives with my family. But, I do not love to dive! I now go snorkeling when my husband goes diving.
What is your thing? DO THAT.
it will take time to do a sprint triathlon for everyone
Yes, this is so true. It does and it will take time. I have only done the short distances but it has given me a taste of how much time it costs to do this.
WE ALL HAVE 24 HOURS ON A GIVEN DAY.
We all have time, I truly believe we do the things we love in the time we are given. I try, to the best of my abilities, never say – I do not have enough time for something. If I say that then I know it is not a high priority for me!
This does mean that you HAVE TO time Tetris in your life to be able to fit it in.
It is true too, that there are busy seasons in our lives too.
What I have learned though, is that, what will I do to make this happen! I reschedule and rearrange work times and meetings where possible.
I go to bed as early as possible so that when I have to get up super early I can actually do it!
When I decide to do it, then I try to see it all the way through.
It may not be pretty, but I really do try to complete what I have started. Sometimes all I manage to do is to show up for a run, cycle, or swim. I may not be able to complete or do the sessions as it stands in the training plan, but I always try to do something.
It quite literally is putting one foot in front of the next on many days.
Not giving myself the option to do a workout or not does exist. Does that mean I complete every training? Well, no!
Sometimes I let myself down and sometimes it is beyond my control! But, there is always tomorrow.
I really do believe that everyone does have a drive in them.
Look at what you do.
What gets you out of the door? How have you rescheduled something to get it done?
What makes you excited and what do you love to do?
why are sprint triathlons for everyone?
This journey of me doing sprint triathlon for everyone aka Jederman/Volksdistanz in Germany has taught me so much.
- learned new skills
- motivated friends and family
- gets me outside regularly
- helps me to sleep a whole lot better
I also want to live while I am alive.
Some of my friends and family simply cannot do this because of very serious health issues. I remember almost every time I am out doing a training session.
why not do a sprint triathlon for?
This is a sport that I have recently found and I have a good situation to do it where I live. This may not be your thing or you may not have an event to take part in where you are.
- you may be sick or injured
- you may not be interested
- or …
So, there are very real reasons why this may not be for you.
But, if you can get better or heal and you’d like to do this.
Please DO NOT feel that you can’t.
Don’t let your age, your time, or any other obstacles get in your way.
I AM CHEERING YOU ON.