I have always loved physical activity. Almost every single sport I do, I enjoy. So restraining myself from trying something new is often required. I chose volleyball at a young age. Mostly because my entire family had played volleyball, it was fun to play, and we had this really cool game on the old Nintendo, called Super Spike V'Ball.
A couple of months ago my friends from Norway and I had a discussion about what makes us feel great when we do an activity. We're from Norway and are fond of skiing, and most of them said that the act of going fast, being out of their comfort zone is the most rewarding. While I have a similar view, my endorphins also start running if something awesome happens in nature. It could be just an amazing sunset while running, or just as simple as seeing a new place for the first time. Of course I also get an adrenaline rush if I ski down a steep hill, but the joy I get from experiencing nature at its best is just as strong and maybe even stronger.
Anyway, this brings me to the point of this article. One of my brothers started doing triathlons a couple years back. I thought it was cool, but I never really considered doing it myself. Until one day, when I was challenged to join Tønsberg BYTRI; a triathlon sprint in the city streets of Tønsberg. I bought the necessary equipment and had fun training for sprint. Running is something I have done since I moved away from home, but I have never really been that good at it. Biking on the other hand has only been out of necessity when getting around, or when fooling around in the mountains back home. I found that both of these sports were very much in tune with my interests, as I got to see so much, when running or biking, that I usually didn't see going to the gym or while playing volleyball.
Swimming was more of a challenge though. I was often stricken by panic underwater because I couldn't breath regularly. But instead of giving up, I escalated my efforts. Through months of training I found myself enjoying swimming a lot more, not only because I didn't panic under water anymore, but also because I left every practice mentally rested.
The act of swimming is so mentally challenging for me that my brain shuts off all other activities to solely focus on what I am doing. This resulted in a clear head after every session.
Even though I had a good time training towards the triathlon sprint in Tønsberg, my mind wasn't settled on whether or not I should continue after the race. But when I saw and experience Tønsberg BYTRI, I was sold. Again, swimming took me by surprise. Being next to so many people, the kicking and shoving, the immense struggle to get around the buoy. I felt like such a badass coming out of the water. I wasn't even close to done with the triathlon, but it was already worth it. It only got better and better as the race continued. I was sold. Before I finished the race I was already thinking about the next. I just had to find it, a month later I did the Frederiksværk Stålmand (70.3).
Triathlon embodies the two things that make me excited. I get to be out and see all the different things that nature can provide, and I feel like a badass doing it.