Endurance sports such as cycling, running, and triathlon are beneficial for you beyond just the scope of improving your looks, although loosing weight is always a delightful side effect! After getting involved in the sport of triathlon in 2006, my lifestyle changed for the better and I’m much healthier today because of my dedication to the sport! The great thing about San Diego is there’s never a shortage of races, events, clubs and many people involved in endurance sports. The steps to getting you up and running are:
- Pick a race. Once you commit and sign up, you’ll be more motivated to follow through with the training and commitment to buying all the gear. It’s best to start small, especially if you’re out of shape or inexperienced with the sport. Here are a few local upcoming races: PurpleStride 5K Run at Mission Bay Park on October 9, it raises money for curing Pancreatic Cancer. The San Diego Triathlon Classic is coming up soon on September 17! If you enjoy endurance swimming, there’s the Tiki Swim on September 25, which goes from Oceanside Pier to Oceanside Harbor!
- Connect with the right people. This could be finding a coach who can help you train wisely so that you succeed and avoid injury, for example Coach Bill Gleason. This may also involve finding a good club, such as the Tri Club San Diego, the largest triathlon club in the U.S.! Meeting other people who are training for a triathlon, running event, etc. will inspire and excite you to go for it.
- Get all the necessary gear. With running, you’ll need good clothing and especially good shoes! My favorite local running store is Movin Shoes with stores in Pacific Beach, Encinitas and La Mesa. Other great stores for cycling and triathlon are BnL Bikes, and specifically great cycling store is UC Cyclery — the mechanics are the best!
- Train right. Again, a professional certified coach helps the most. However, if you can’t afford a coach, there are some good books I recommend: The Triathlete’s Training Bible by Joe Friel and Magical Running by Bobby McGee.
These are simple start-up tips that will help you launch a healthy endurance sport training regime. Remember, always stay consistent and you’ll be more prepared. Be safe, good luck and happy trails!