Triathlons are known to be some of the toughest sporting events out there. Triathletes must master three individual disciplines–swimming, cycling and running–which are each challenging on their own. The combination of the three sports also involves learning how to transition from one to another quickly and efficiently. Countless hours of exhausting training go into preparing the body and mind for a triathlon.
This test of endurance is tough enough for adults, so imagine what it’s like for kids–like me. Young triathletes must spend a full day at school, working on their studies, trying to keep up with extracurricular activities and coping with all the social pressures of adolescence. On top of all of that, add the intense physical effort it takes to train for a triathlon.
Why do it? Why put yourself through it? Triathlons can be crazy hard, but they can also be unbelievably rewarding. The sense of accomplishment and the boost to a young athlete’s self confidence that come with completing a triathlon make it all worthwhile.
As a parent, you play a vital role in keeping your kids motivated as they prepare for a triathlon. Your support can help make the journey both exciting and challenging. Follow these tips to help you successfully train for a triathlon together.