The word must convey your purpose in sport. Make it clear to others what triathlon means to you. You can use the word to guide you in career decisions. It should represent the importance of sport in your life. It could even propel you to achieve the results you dreamed of last season.

Look at the list below. Select a word that resonates best with you as a triathlete. You want to remove any preconceived complexity from the sport to allow you to focus on less to achieve more with your talents.

  • Active

  • “Cut”

  • Full

  • Confident

  • reviewed

  • Decisive

  • Definite

  • Developing

  • Driven

  • Committed

  • Illustrated

  • Evolving

  • Fast

  • In focus

  • Do it!

  • Hyper

  • Innovative

  • Positive

  • Fast

  • Aerodynamic

  • Uber

  • In construction

  • Work in progress

Less is more. Most non-triathletes think that there are three elements to a triathlon: swimming, cycling, and running. Most triathletes claim that you also include transitions and nutrition. Sport in the most simplistic terms includes these five parts of training, plus the two-part races: Get Started and Get Er Done!

Concentrate. Stay focused. Excel at what really, really well. Describe what you do in terms that everyone else can understand. Reaching your maximum triathlete level is easier than others think. Even easier than earning Ironman status and sporting an MDot tattoo. But you don’t need to tell them that kind of inside information.

The initial barrier to doing so is mental. The secondary barrier is motivational, working throughout the training to cross the finish line. Follow these seven steps to be a Git Er Done triathlete on race day:

  1. Choose to do, dreaming is for spectators.

  2. Connect with your supportive partner to ensure sustainability in a relationship and in workouts.

  3. Choose your personal commitment to action: wanting, wanting, and dreaming idle action.

  4. Establish an exercise routine. Adopt your consistency pace to eliminate another decision of when to exercise.

  5. Team up with a training partner. Either in person or as a virtual couple. Hold each other accountable for meeting your goals each day.

  6. Do bubble workouts. Turn off, tune in and exercise.

  7. Fear to fail. Be proud of your successes.

My wife Chris chose to run her first triathlon without any swimming, cycling or running history in a competitive environment. He trained with me to build a strong bond, honor his self-commitment, and achieve unified fulfillment.

Chris came out of the water in second place for the women’s division.

An Indiana University research study confirmed that exercising was much easier when partners exercised together. Spouses who trained together proved to be more supportive of each other. The study researchers tracked married couples who started an exercise program. Half of the group consisted of couples exercising and the other half with a single spouse on an exercise program. Within a year, 43% of individual spouses dropped out of the exercise program.

In contrast, 94% of couples who exercised continued to do so together.

One binding factor included excuses to bail out that were kept in check. Half of the participants declared family responsibilities and the lack of support from the other spouse resulted in their abandonment decisions.

In our relationship, Chris emphasized fun because life is hard enough without adding competitive stress as an ingredient for success.

Take your first step into racing action. Time waits for no one. Neither should you.

What other word do you use to describe yourself as a triathlete?

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