So I am encouraging a few bloggers to get ready for their first triathlon this year! Tag, you’re it:
My first triathlon was one of the great experiences that got me hooked on triathlons! South Shore has been managed by RAM Racing for the past few years (yes, I know there have been mishaps w/ some of their other races) but I’m sad to see that they are not managing this event for 2013! This was THE event that I have told people thinking of their first triathlon to do, because it has a small atmosphere, is local to Chicago, has a straight bike course (if you’re worried about the bike) and a shallow swim (you can always touch the bottom if you need to).
But RAM Racing is not doing it this year, which was announced yesterday. Triathlons are costly to put on, and I understand it was a business decision.
Other reasons to do a triathlon if you’re toying with the idea:
- Less likelihood for injury because you’re constantly cross training
- Less likelihood for boredom
- More strategy – which sport to focus your training on? how to race? How to transition? I like having to figure this stuff out
- Hot race photos of you stuffed into a wetsuit or skintight tri-shorts
- Not that there are more fun people, but I have gotten to know other triathletes here in Chicago through the Chicago Triathlon Club & Dare2Tri Paratriathlon Club. Not too many Chicago bloggers yet that I’ve met (hint, hint, nudge, nudge).
So, for any people considering their first triathlon, a few tips on picking your race:
- Don’t pick the Chicago Triathlon as your first tri ever. It’s the largest triathlon in the world. You’ll want to figure your sh*t out without 25000 other people crowding you out of transition. Volunteering or cheering is a good way to see what triathlon is all about as well!
- South Shore was good. It may still happen, although under a different management company.
- Pleasant Prairie is another good newbie race, up in Kenosha. The Chicago Tri Club has a newbie program that preps you toward this race.
- I hear that the Danksin Women’s Triathlon is also a good option, although I haven’t done it. 2013 date is August 11.
- In general, you want to look for a race that has an inviting atmosphere, welcoming to newbies. These are most common at the smaller events, IMHO.
Who’s in for their triathlon debut? What questions do you have? What do you want to know more about?