Fair warning - I laid out the topic in the title - this involves something beyond just cycling :). So although this is a cycling club, since there are so many people who chose to be active (and social!) I wanted to put this up while I'm still on the high from finishing the event today.
What I want to do is to lay out a quick case why most people should try at least one triathlon at some point in their life - even those who have zero interest in pushing towards long distance efforts and/or those who have intense competitive spirits.
1) Triathlons have a near festival feel to them - only a select few are "out to win it all" - most are there to set their own personal bests and are more than happy to cheer on their "competitors". So fun.
2) They come in all distances these days. The Subaru series, which I am learning on, has Try-a-Tri events if you want to dip your toes in the water (so to speak).
3) You learn a life skill - swimming. I am an absolutely horrible swimmer, which obviously hurts my triathlon times. But in December 2013 I could barely swim at all. Now I am more than comfortable in the water as my two kids start to swim as well. That's worth every minute I've spent training.
4) Almost all of your time comes from your cycling event. So those of you that are competitive can likely put up a great time just from the cycling skills you've built up over the years.
5) And on the cycling, the spread out nature of triathlon means that you don't have to be worried about racing in a giant group. I hope to get over this myself and try out a pure cycling event sometime, but these events have been a great way to push me while I work up the courage.
6) They serve beer at the end. Non-alcholic though...so maybe you should ignore this one :)
7) Finally, no matter what the sport, it is absolutely an amazing feeling to have your team cheer you on and be there to congratulate you at the finish line.