I’ve always wanted to do a triathlon. Seriously. Since I was a swimmer in high school, triathlons have been on my list of goals to achieve before I die. But as a teenager who didn’t plan on dying like ever, I figured that I have lots of time left for the cardio-trifecta.
Fast forward to today, and despite my youthful ambitions, swimming past, love of spinning classes, and obsession with running I am not writing the Amanda Runs/Bikes/Swims New York blog.
I’ve thought about it from time to time. I even signed up for the New York Road Runners Sprint Tri, and then never showed up for race day. So what gives?
Triathlons are hard. The Olympic distance involves a swim of 1500 yards, a run of 6.2 miles, and biking lots of miles. We’re talking 2+ hours of racing and three outfits.
Also, they are expensive. I don’t want to buy a bike. Where would I put it? A friend of mine soberly and quite earnestly suggested that I buy a bike rack and mount it to my…ceiling? Ummm, really?
Open water swims freak me out. This video demonstrates why I am scared out of my mind to attempt a triathlon swim in a lake, ocean, river and even a pool.
Things I’d rather do than an open water swim: go to the dentist, clean my apartment, eat raw garlic.
The transition stations scare me. How am I supposed to change out of my Speedo into my cycling gear in two minutes? And what if I accidentally knock my bike over? Do we play domino bikes?
But those are not the real reasons that I haven’t done a triathlon yet.
Those are real excuses.
And the thing about an excuse is that once I realize I am inventing a silly reason to avoid a goal, I cannot justify my procrastination any longer. But that doesn’t mean all the fear goes away. On the contrary, it’s magnified a bajillion times.
So I did the only thing I could thing of to deal with all this excuse-making and scary-thoughts: I signed up for a triathlon.
Well, actually, I signed up to volunteer for the New York Triathlon this summer which will give me guaranteed entry into next year’s race. Best guaranteed entry program ever.
Which means that in 2013, I am running, swimming and biking a triathlon. Finally.
How do you conquer your fears? Does committing to a race or event motivate you?