First Triathlon

The Road to Your First Triathlon

The idea of your first triathlon can be a bit daunting. Even now, as the token guinea pig for this project, I definitely have some reservations. I mean, I consider myself an average runner, an okay cyclist, and it’s not like I can’t swim. I’s just the thought of putting them all together that’s a bit daunting and this is the case for most people. That being said, before we get into the details about this feature let’s talk about how this all began.

Shifting Focus a Bit

The focus of Running Northwest has always just been running. However, we have lately had sizable feedback from readers who are interested in both cycling and triathlons. We engaged a few of our key partners who cross into those categories and the idea was born. The idea was simple, let’s take one person and follow them down the road to their first triathlon; through the process of training, to actually competing, and everything in between.

This person had to be a first timer, like the majority of our readers, but also someone who definitely has an interest and yet has never really convinced themselves to go for it. By following the experience, we hope to encourage readers to give their first triathlon a try and educate them about products and training techniques that might be a little different from what they are used to. We also hope to educate folks about triathlons in the Pacific Northwest and how weather differences and water temperatures affect triathlon training.

The Future Triathlete

So who is the guinea pig you may ask? The answer is obviously me, but a little about myself and why I got the nod. As I said in the beginning, I am a pretty normal guy and I have run marathons, half marathons, and more. I cycle quite a bit having completed several centuries and put in 100+ miles a week typically. That being said, I don’t consider myself a real “athlete”, just a 39 year old dad to two young boys and more than anything I am just trying to be a good role model and I figure its easier to lead by example. I played a number of sports in my youth, but was never really a runner or cyclist until a few years ago. I went into college as a 5’11” 165 pound trim guy in pretty decent shape and left college pushing 235 and definitely in a poorer place physically. And now like so many others, I spend my days working behind a desk and could never quite find a time to workout and instead found comfort in food instead of exercise.

Before I started this endeavor, I had made decent strides in getting myself back into shape. I now weigh in just shy of 180 with about about 20% body fat. I am no longer considered obese (based on BMI charts which are on their way out anyway), but still borderline and still have a little extra around the midsection. I can tell you wholeheartedly that I am nervous about this whole thing. I remembering feeling this way before tackling that first big run or a first long ride. I don’t know what to expect, but I do promise complete honesty as to the progress and candid thoughts on the struggles and hopefully the successes as well.

Our Amazing Partners

As I mentioned above, we also have enlisted the help of some killer partners for this feature and are happy to announce them now. Zoot Sports, TYR, and Rudy Project are onboard and more will be announced shortly. Really happy to have them on board and to introduce some of their amazing gear to you.


Zoot Sports is 100% focused on providing athletes with the ultimate in performance footwear, apparel, wetsuits, and accessories. For 30 years, Zoot has pioneered innovative product solutions that cover athletes from start to finish, head to toe. Zoot continues to draw on its history in the sport and its athletes to deliver the most comprehensive, technologically advanced and complete multisport product line in the world.


TYR engineers technical apparel and equipment for swimmers and triathletes. Named for “TYR”, the Norse god of warriors, we’re a company started by athletes and populated by athletes. The cultures and communities of competitive swimming and triathlon pervade our offices. We are dedicated to re-imagining technologies that help athletes attain peak performance. Like athletes, we work with an intense spirit of competition. We aim to create the fastest, most advanced technologies and products. Always.

Rudy Project

Rudy Project designs and manufactures performance-oriented helmets, sunglasses, goggles and Rx/prescription eyewear solutions by applying advanced science, cutting-edge technology and innovative aesthetics. Designed and crafted in Italy since 1985, Rudy Project has grown quickly as a premier brand throughout North America.

Well that’s it for part 0, much more to come and I hope you’ll join me on the journey. It should be an adventure to say the least. I can’t wait to show off some cool gear and hopefully get to respond to some reader questions. Its going to be a learning experience for all of us!

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