I did my first triathlon in May of 2009 and did absolutely terrible. I had no idea what I was doing; I did the swim in my old college speedo even though the lake was 58 degrees, and my legs cramped up on the run because I went out way too hard on the bike. Yet I knew that I picked up a sport I wanted to excel at, I just needed a little help to get there.
Not even a week after the race I signed up with The National Capital Area’s Team in Training (TNT) Program to do The Nation’s Triathlon. I signed up for multiple reasons, the main being the fact that by the time I knew I wanted to run the race Nation’s had already sold out, so running with TNT was THE ONLY way I could get this race. But I also knew that TNT could help me with what I sorely lacked when it came to preparing for a race: knowledge and a support system.
TNT provided a detailed training plan for the next four months, held weekly early morning coached swims, group BRICK workouts every Saturday, dozens of mentors and coaches eager to teach and help you out with any question or concern you had about working out or fundraising, and they even gave me a wetsuit! All this and all I had to do was help raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a cause very close to my heart. On top of it all, I made a whole slew of new triathlon friends who eventually became some of my best friends and training partners for all the races I have trained for since.
Running The Nation’s Triathlon with Team in Training was one of the best decisions I’ve made and opened up a sport for me that has helped shaped my lifestyle, so I encourage anyone out there wanting to run their first, second, or hundredth race, to try it out with TNT. You won’t regret it!