Did you watch Kes as a kid?
If you don’t know what I mean by the film Kes, go on to YouTube and have a look and especially the PE lesson – I’ve put a link here.
I will say at this point, I was never like Billy Casper at school. I was always the one doing the picking. I found sport super easy and without blowing my own trumpet, too much I was very, very good at it.
I played hockey and netball for my county and ran for my country (only to miss out when I had glandular fever). I loved any game and especially running fast but I know I was very lucky.
I am a twin and my sister did not share my sporting prowess. I know that she always felt she was in the shadows. Twins have a shared empathy and it’s really a closed shop when it comes to friends. I know I’m digressing, but I want to point out that I had a unique insight as a twin and I understand both the pleasure and the pain of sport.
What does this have to do with triathlon I can hear you say.
Well triathlon is a sport where you don’t have to be amazingly talented to compete and achieve.
How you felt as a kid being the last one to be picked for a team, or hiding behind a wall because you hated cross country, feeling really miserable on sports day when you didn’t score enough points, is something you can kick into touch with triathlon.
If you train to the best of your ability, show up every day, and be consistent with your training then you will be successful.
Smile and have fun with others like you and on race day you are competing with yourself. I know that sounds a cliche but it really is true.
Your competitors are, if you like, the clock and your head. Every single person from an elite athlete to others like yourself will be cheering you on. Encouraging you in the swim, shouting well done on the bike, and cheering you home on the run and trust me when you go through the finish line at the end and a medal put around your neck you too are ‘Bobby Charlton’ if just for a day.
If you want to experience the togetherness, health, and well-being that triathlon brings you please come along to one of our sessions or contact us to see how we can help you be the best you can be.