What Does it Take to Do a Triathlon?

Determination, Guts, Oh… and Learning How to Swim

Newbie triathlete Helena Redshaw shares the story of completing her first triathlon. Though she insists it’s a bit wordy, we really enjoyed every detail of her experience and think you will, too. Short on time? Don’t miss the last two paragraphs where Helena’s words are sure to inspire you, no matter where you are in your triathlon journey!

What does it take to do a triathlon? Well of course all the inspiring stuff….you know….sheer determination, 100% commitment, being focused, overcoming your fears and setting your mind to something and making it happen. Then there’s the other stuff, being able to run, bike and swim. I had the run and bike down but the challenge for me was the swim. “Will you ever do a triathlon?” I was asked back in 2010 while busy cycling up and down the A1A and running a few times per week. My response “Er no, you have to be able to swim right?  I can’t swim, so it’s not happening!” My mind was made up it seemed. No triathlons for me.  I spent the end of 2010 and most of 2011 focusing on cycling and running.  I completed some duathlons, a marathon and other various running races and while I was completely satisfied with those goals, I knew I wanted more.

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