9 Motivational Tips To Start Your Triathlon Journey

Before doing my first triathlon, I wanted to be as prepared as possible. I reached out to amateur triathletes, professionals, and even Ironman winners from around the world and asked them one simple question: “What’s the one thing you wish you’d have known before doing your first triathlon?”

I received 53 inspiring tips. In this post, you will find the 9 motivational tips they gave me. Enjoy reading those and explore the 44 other tips as well.

I think the first thing I wish I’d known would be that it is also someone else’s first time. Knowing that I was not the only beginner would have been reassuring

Camille – Instagram / Website

I do remember my first triathlon. It was a sprint triathlon in Santos-SP (Trofeu Brasil) and I was very excited as well as a bit nervous. The one thing we all need to keep in mind is that we are there for fun and, of course, it’s gonna hurt. And all you have to do is do your best, do it strong and have fun. Triathlon is really a passion and a lifestyle…it has changed my life. Had I known that before, I would have started earlier! =]

Leticia – Instagram

I wish I would have known that triathlon isn’t as easy as I thought before. Triathlon and everything around competitions need time and practice. So first, you should cool down, be calm, and take it easy! Take your time to improve your skills and don’t worry if you will be the last one. The most important thing is: have fun and enjoy your first triathlon!

Ann-Kathrin – Instagram / Website

That’s a tough one. My first triathlon was a bit crazy:

I did it on my mom’s old touring bike that had crotch rocket gears, metal cages for pedals, and weighed more than me. I didn’t have a wetsuit and I was there all by myself.

I was going through a really tough time in my life and needed something to make me feel again. About halfway through the bike, this smile erupted on my face because for the first time in a long time I could feel again. Felt all this strength!

So I guess I would like to tell people to not be afraid to jump in because the strength, passion, love, and emotions you will feel make every ounce of pain worth it.

Kayla – Instagram

Triathlon is an expensive sport where you need to buy a bike and a lot of other equipment.

Each activity requires a minimum of commitment. Even if you are not a good swimmer (as the majority of beginners) you also have to work on your biking and running. You lose a triathlon during the swim and you win it during the run.

My advice is to enjoy triathlon and start with a short distance in order to discover the sport. Then, step by step, you can increase the distance.

Jean-Baptiste – Website

Triathlon is a magical experience, and each one of us “seasoned” triathletes go through a transformation over time. A lot of the “I should have known” experiences, are exactly that, experiences that will shape you on very different levels.

So if there is one thing I had to isolate that I wish I would have known before doing my first triathlon, it would be this:

Triathlon is a magical experience. Be open to learning every day, being pushed outside of your comfort zones again and again, and you will see, over time, you are not just fitter, faster and healthier, but your mind will be more resilient, your demeanor calmer, and you will be more courageous. Through the journey of triathlon, you will become a better version of yourself.

Anna – Instagram

I wished someone had told me that it’s more about the race itself than the finish line.

Actually enjoying every part of the race and just having fun. Because once you run through the finish line, it’s all over and you want to do it all again! 

Charli – Instagram

The one thing I’d wish I’d have known before doing my first triathlon is how addicted I would become and how expensive it is. I’m a low budget triathlete – both in how much money I can spend on equipment and in the time I can use. I’m a wife, a mother, a full-time worker, so even though I was used to going running several times a week and I had run 8 marathons, I never expected triathlon to become such a passion. The passion is boosted by training in my local triathlon club with lots of great people who are passionate about the sport as well – no matter age, fitness level, gender, and so on. My triathlon “career” all started 3 years ago when I borrowed an old aluminum race bike from a neighbor and attended a small race close to my home. It was raining all day and very windy – but nevertheless, I was hooked! I love the many elements that influence the training – both the weather, your fitness level, a lot of technique also in maintaining your gear.

Now I’m training for my first Ironman in Copenhagen and I train 12-15 hours a week. I would like to have known how much it influences your family life before I started – but hey – when I started I didn’t know I was gonna train to become an ironman – I just wanted to try it out – and it was such great fun – and still is…!

Mia – Instagram / Website

Triathlon is addicting.


Part 1 ->  9 motivational tips
Part 2 ->  19 beginner tips
Part 3 ->  12 swimming tips
Part 4 ->  5 biking & running tips
Part 5 ->  8 transitions tips