What does it take to train for a triathlon?

My name is Regan Kust. I’m a personal trainer and wellness coach at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine. My purpose in life is to help people reach their goals…its what I do, what I enjoy, what I live for. I’ll be sharing my thoughts and experiences on helping people live well in my LiveFit blog.

I never thought I would/could do a triathlon. Never. I guess I was afraid — afraid of failing. So I never considered it.

I enjoy being active-biking, running, yoga, swimming. You name it, I like to have variety when it comes to exercise. I’ve always enjoyed competitive sports and don’t like to lose. My inner athlete had been hibernating for a while, but it reappeared in February of 2011. That is when I met Scott Zahn.

Scott was one of 6 people in the nation chosen by CNN to engage in the CNN Fit Nation Challenge. The challenge was for the 6 participants, who were basically sedentary, to begin exercising and training for the 2011 New York Triathlon. This triathlon is an Olympic distance, consisting of a 1500-meter swim, a 40-kilometer bike and a 10-kilometer run. Sounds pretty intimidating.

As one of Scott’s coaches, I had the opportunity to work with him from ground zero. Seeing the drive and determination of this man inspired me to challenge myself. If he can do the New York Tri, why can’t I? What’s the worst that can happen?

And so my journey began. I joined a triathlon training class offered conveniently at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine. Through the class I met a lot of new friends. It’s amazing how many people support you when you share your aspirations. I have a huge support system, which makes me feel more confident, and pushes me on days I don’t feel like training.

The countdown was on. And then my ultimate challenge arrived on August 7.

To be continued…

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine’s experts will put you on top of your game.  To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.

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About Regan Kust

I am a personal trainer at AuroraBayCare in Green Bay Wisconsin. Go Packers!
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