I love triathlons.
I mean, who could blame me, right?
Training months on end to compete in a race I'll probably never win. Being forced to run in the dark with a headlight strapped on so I don't get run over. Swallowing hairball after hairball at the local swimming center. Spending my nights on a bike trainer with only Steven Segal movies to keep me company.
But for some reason I keep coming back every year, and don't think I'll ever stop, which could have led to some very serious consequences.
Let me see:
Get the idea? When you start on this journey that is triathlon, if you're anything like me you'll get addicted to the awesomeness that it is to train and compete and feel good about doing something that is both healthy and which provides a little ego boost every now and then :)
But if you're new to the sport of triathlon, you might wonder how regular people manage it all. It's one thing if you're paid to race and train and endorse all the new-fangled triathlon products out there.
But it is quite another thing for those of use who are working 50-80 hours a week at our normal job, and then trying to fit in everything else in our lives, let alone triathlon training.
I know your pain.
I've got four very active boys who are interested in all things soccer, scouts, basketball, music... you get the idea.
And trying to give them opportunities to help them grow into productive adults, while also finding quality time to spend with my wife, and then on top of that find time to swim, bike, run... I get exhausted just thinking about it.
So, yeah, finding time to train can be tough for a new triathlete.
Another thing that can be tough is the money aspect of triathlon. The sport of triathlon has typically been seen as a sport that middle-aged businessmen undertake when they're going through their mid-life crises and don't know what else to spend their money on.
I'm not any of those. Neither are any of my family members or friends who do triathlons. We're just regular guys with families looking for something to keep us in shape and not get complacent. And triathlon fits the bill.
But money is definitely a concern. Bikes cost money. Good bikes cost a lot of money. Wetsuits cost money. Running shoes cost money. Races themselves cost money.
Money. Money. Money.
But don't worry (too much). It's not as daunting as it seems.
Whatever your doubts about getting started in triathlon, I want to help you overcome them so that you can enjoy this sport like I do.
Whether you don't have a lot of time, a lot of money, a lot of motivation, I want to help which is why I put this website together.
CheapTriGear.com is merely a window into my regular life as triathlete. I don't get paid for racing, but I can honestly say I probably enjoy it just as much as any professional triathlon out there. And I hope you can feel that one day, too!