I struggle with what to say here. “Just do it” has been taken, but that’s really the spirit. Just sign up for the race! The very worst thing that could happen is that you bail at the last minute. And even so, there’s another one right around the corner…
Here’s the deal: you have to work for what you want, you have to find a way to take care of yourself before others, and you have to work through discomfort if you want to grow.
I don’t know how to do all those things, but I do know that as a 44 year old woman with two young kids who never thought I’d be doing triathlons I can say those three things above with total clarity and from experience.
There are many (many!) more sites out there that speak to beginner triathletes – gear, coaches, bikes that are cheap or cost a ridiculous amount, eat this, not that, etc. This blog is written from the perspective of….life gets in the way of what you want, so figure out a way to make it happen. For you, this may or may not have anything to do with doing a triathlon. For me, this is how I’ve found what’s important in my life.
Swim Bike Mom (Meredith Atwood) has written a ton of info that’s super awesome for beginners. She has a blog, she wrote a book, is a coach, etc. If you want technical and gear advice, I’d recommend going there. She’s all over the web, just find her.
It’s so easy for us women/moms to get lost in taking care of other stuff – people, work, kids, house, etc. If you’re thinking I can’t do this (whatever THIS is) then I’m talking to you. It’s hard and will challenge you, but most things worth keeping or fighting for do! Stop making excuses and find all the reasons why you can do this!