What’s Stopping You?

What’s Stopping You Joining A Triathlon Club?

HUMAN BEINGS HAVE AN INNATE NEED TO FEEL A SENSE OF BELONGING AND SEEK LIKE-MINDED TRIBES. THIS IS ESPECIALLY EVIDENT IN TRIATHLON. I’M SURE NON-TRIATHLETES LOOK AT US AND THINK WE’RE ALL SLIGHTLY CRAZY. MUCH LIKE WHAT I DO WHEN I SEE OTHER GROUPS IN SOCIETY. FOR PEOPLE IN THESE GROUPS, IT’S THEIR TRIBE WHICH FILLS A NEED TO BELONG.

While they are getting started many people go it alone. It’s intimidating to turn up to a triathlon club or group where you don’t know anyone and it takes time to develop that sense of belonging. And then there are the critics. We’ve all seen it on social media when someone puts themselves out there and shows the world they are proud of their efforts there is someone else to try and bring them down.

If you haven’t tried your first triathlon yet or are thinking of joining a triathlon club. What is it stopping you? Is it the critics? Fear of failing? Are you worried about not being fast enough? Sometimes trying to give words to your fears can help you realise that it is just fear itself that is holding you back.

Don’t let fear stop you from challenging yourself. Whether that is putting yourself outside your comfort zone and turning up to your first club session or toeing the start line at your first triathlon.

Race with passion, race with heart, race not comparing yourself to anyone but you, race to challenge yourself and be grateful every day for the ability to swim, bike and run for fun. Have a go, put yourself out there and dare to be great. Leave the concept of failure to the haters. ‘The Man in the Arena’ is a notable passage in a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt: 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

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About Suzanne

Suzanne is not only the founder of World Multisport but juggles being a mum, wife and triathlete herself. She is particularly passionate about getting more women into triathlon and loves seeing all aspects of the sport grow.

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