Let’s get it started in here

My favorite part

I didn’t start here

They say the journey of a 1,000 miles begins with the first step.  So here is my recommended 1st steps.

  1. Obtain support from significant other.  You’re going to be putting some time into this, make sure your significant other is on board with your reduction in time with them.  If you don’t you may hear whining and complaining every time you head out the door to train.
  2. Educate yourself on proper hydration/nutrition first.  You wouldn’t drive a car without knowing what type of gas to put in.  Same concept applies to your body.
  3. Begin getting the proper gear you’ll need.  Set a budget here and stick to it.  However I always buy the best I can afford to avoid the “higher price of the lowest cost”.  AKA cheap shit breaks and you’ll have to buy it twice.
  4. Pick your first race. Hint: Start short distance and work your way up if that’s what you want to do.
  5. Design a training plan that fits your lifestyle.  There are an overwhelming amount of training plans and TriClubs etc to join.  The biggest factors are ability, age and time commitments.  I see a lot of training plans that don’t take into account age appropriate rest, time constraints, family commitments,  neglect the importance of stretching, body balance, Yoga, and weight training etc.  BUYER BEWARE!  Things that can be sacrified to allow time for training are video games, television shows, excess sleep, late night partying, Farmville, etc
  6. Can’t swim? Don’t let a small detail like not being able to swim stop you.  There are an endless supply of resources available to help you.
  7. Get to work

3 responses to “Let’s get it started in here

  1. Poppy Sports

    October 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Just came across your site today! I love your list here. I am just launching a half Ironman training program for busy women – and we have an entire module dedicated to your #1 – get support from your significant other! It is so, so true. Love that you also picked up on that as being a crucial part of triathlon success. So many women seem to have to ask for ‘permission’ to train. It’s unfair and I could talk about that for hours! But – we are there with you empowering women to take the triathlon journey!

  2. Karlene

    August 5, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Hello Simba,
    Thanks for the tips on getting started. Even though I, and some others reading this might not be interested in doing a triathalon/a race at this time, your pointers are still valid. Once we know what we want and have set a goal, we need to seek support/talk with our significant other and get his/her support; do our homework; educate ourselves on what’s best for moi based on age, finances, etc; figure out what resources are available to help us with any deficit(s); and get going.

    I would also add something another friend reminded me about yesterday and that is to post the intention in a visible place to help keep us on track. Tony said if he is going to do something that will not help him to reach his goal, he will not do it.

    I agree with Poppy Sports that from what I hear and/or read too “… many women seem to have to ask for ‘permission’ to train.” I am grateful for my husband’s support in whatever I do. I send energy and love to all the other women out there who need support. May you find the strength and wherewithal to do that which your heart desires.

    Off for my morning walk/jog.


    • simbadurio

      August 6, 2015 at 4:04 am

      Well said Karlene! I couldn’t imagine Hugh not supporting you in whatever endeavor you’d like to do. They say you get back what you give, and you have support Hugh through all sorts of adventures. A true give and take relationship! One thing I love about triathlons is that the women are really good and a lot of them can kick my butt any day of the week. The even have a term for a women passing you. It’s called getting “chicked” LOL….

      I can’t wait to see you in the blogosphere!!!


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