Is this the year you try a triathlon?

My first 10k race with my friends who raced their first 5k.

My first 10k race with my friends who raced their first 5k.

Could this be the year you try a triathlon? Why not? And if not you how about your kids? The Ontario Association of Triathletes announced this year’s race schedule for both adults and children. Every year the number of races increase, providing more variety to suit every whim. There are now women’s only races, there is the Sun Rype Tri Kids Triathlon Series that my kids love and will be racing again, the Kids of Steel Series, plus the Recharge with Milk Triathlon Series and the Subaru Triathlon Series. All having something unique whether it’s the race course (like jumping off a steamship), the venue or the theme – there is the retro race where everyone dresses up, something for everyone.

Now, no one is expecting you to suddenly sign up for an ironman. All of these races offer every distance from a try-a-tri, to a sprint (my specialty), olympic distance or the half and full ironmans. A try-a-tri is the best way to get started. The energy and enthusiasm are high, the crowds are loud and encouraging. The course is short enough to get a feel for each sport but not long enough to make you have second thoughts. And if the swim is just too scary there is the duathalon. So have I sold you yet?

Not quite? I am so passionate about this sport because it has changed my life for the better. And I don’t just mean being active and living a healthy life. They are amazing benefits but what I love is the sense of challenge, stepping out of my comfort zone. We all do it. Gravitate to the things we know, are familiar with but this habit can also cause us to get stuck in a rut. It is good for our health to step out of that comfort zone and try something new, crazy even.

Relay Guelph Lake II 2011

Relay Guelph Lake II

Plus I get to share it with my family. I relay with my brother and husband.I race the swim, my hubbie smashes the bike course and my brother destroys the run. We get to spend the day together cheering and spending time together. We spend time training together that isn’t a holiday dinner or birthday and it’s nice. Nice to have something in common that is special to us. And now my kids are racing. They love running down the finishing shoot with us cheering them on.

So is this the year you or your family try something new? Check out my race schedule for this year and join me for a race. Maybe make your own relay team. Three times the fun! But in all seriousness, I hope that by writing this blog I not only share my experiences but inspire you to try something new. Maybe it’s not a triathlon but we all have secret ambitions, dreams or undiscovered talents. Have you discovered yours?

My 2013 Race Schedule:

Backs in Motion Sunday April 28, 2013

MEC Road Race Series May 18, 2013

Recharge with Milk Binbrook June 8, 2013

Recharge with Milk Welland June 23, 2013 RELAY, swimming 2000m

Triathlon Nation Championships, Toronto Triathlon Festival July 21, 2013

Subaru Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon, Grimsby August 11, 2013

Subaru Triathlon Series Guelph Lake II August 31, 2013 RELAY Swim 750m

ITU Grand Finale World Championships London, England September 11-15, 2013

MEC Road Race Series October 19, 2013

**Hamilton Cycling Club’s Time Trial Races Every Tuesday Night.