- I know you're curious about triathlon.
- I know you have questions.
- I know you're nervous or even scared.
And that's all OK.
I have major fear issues, mostly on the bike. (Ex: will I crash, will I ride off the edge, will I be mauled by rabid dogs, will I get a rock in my eye, will my front tire fly off ...).
I still get nervous on the road. But, I decided to live life, fear included. Some rides are better than others. Overall, it's worth it. I'm experiencing life: the good, the bad and the scary. Life is an adventure - let it happen.
Don't let fear stop you. Take a baby step, but take that step. With triathlon, check things out, volunteer at a race or train for a relay triathlon. Find a safe spot to begin. This is something you can do.
Remember you're safe here and in this sport. Triathlon is known for its camaraderie. I love triathlon's welcoming "yes you can" attitude. Triathlon is a great, safe place to try something new.
Tell me, what are you scared of as a new/experienced triathlete? How do you manage those fears?
If you're worried about looking or sounding stupid, check out active.com's newbie triathlete community, where no question is stupid. You'll find me there, I'm now a volunteer moderator. Come say hello.
Photo: Our son was afraid before his first youth triathlon. He raced anyway. I'll never forget the look of wonder on his face as he crossed his first finish line. Life's an adventure worth living.