It's a new year, and a new triathlon season. Do you have yours mapped out yet?
Here are some things to consider:
Cost. Triathlon is not an inexpensive sport. After all, triathletes need equipment for three sports, not just one. Take a look at your equipment - does anything need to be replaced, updated or have maintenance? Next, take a look at the events you're considering and map out the entrance fees. How about travel costs? Do you need an overnight stay, need to pay to travel to the venue or pay for equipment shipping? How about recurring costs, such as training clubs or USAT membership?
Goals. What are your goals for the season? Do you want to improve on your times? If so, you'll need a mix of challenging events as well as once that fit your triathlon style. Or, do you just want to pick a few triathlons that you truly enjoy doing? Or challenge yourself with new, more difficult events? Your goals for the season determine which events you'll choose. Make a list of 'A' (events you'll direct your training towards), 'B' (warm-ups for 'A' events) and 'C' (fun events).
Timing. You'll need to fit in your training around the time you have available between work and home life. Then, you'll need to fit in the triathlons you compete in around your schedule.
Traveling. Do you prefer to stay local or travel to events? How about a mix of both?
Improvements. Have you thought about adding in some coaching sessions or other improvements for the year? You'll need to consider the cost and timing for this, as well as how it fits into your goals. What changes or improvements do you want to make to your training plan?