I'm finishing up my triathlon season. After the first year of triathlons, I will no longer be considered a newbie. In what has been almost a year of training, I've noticed a couple of things. First, I get a fair amount of hits on my blog each week from people searching for triathlons and second, you really don't have to be a super buff person to do them. Seriously, people of all shapes and sizes participate.
Just like triathletes come in all shapes and sizes, so do triathlons. I have found each of my triathlons to be better than the last. However, if you're looking for a really good New England triathlon for newbies, I would recommend Max Performance, Title 9 Women's Triathlon in Hopkinton State Park.
Ever since signing up, I've received several outstanding informational emails and offers from the company. I was invited to a free open water swim workshop, and an escorted "tour" of the full triathlon course. They also have a hotline for newbies if I have any questions, and they offer to partner each newbie with a veteran triathlete buddy to answer any questions and provide support and guidance. The best thing that I got was an email with a 15 page brochure explaining exactly what would happen on triathlon day and the order of events. I emailed it to my husband and parents who will be attending the triathlon so they could see exactly how it worked. It is probably more useful for my parents, since they have never been to a triathlon before. My husband considers himself a veteran and likes to brag that he and the boys always get to the finish line before me. Of course, they don't swim, bike, or run; they walk right to the finish line and stay in the audience. The brochure suggests that Max Performance has planned the triathlon as thoroughly as they did the preparation. They have an "Inspiration Station" where your friends and family can make posters and signs to cheer you on, and they give each triathlete a free cow bell to add sound to the signs of those cheering. Perhaps more impressively, this is apparently typical of all of their triathlons. I wish I had known about this for my first few triathlons.
No, I don't work for Max Performance and I'm not getting anything for doing this post. I know there are some New England Mama contributers who do triathlons, so I thought I would just pass this info along to them. Did I mention you get a cowbell?