Attorney J. Christopher Llinas represents clients involved in various criminal and appeals proceedings through his private firm in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Outside of his legal career, Christopher Llinas has completed dozens of marathons and triathlons, including several Ironman competitions, an event that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run.
When people hear the words “Ironman triathlon” they are often intimidated, thinking that it must take a feat of superhuman strength to complete one. While the Ironman itself is challenging, breaking into triathlons isn’t as difficult as some think. Here are two myths that often keep beginners at bay.
Many interested in competing in triathlons assume that the Ironman is the only variety, but that’s not true. For beginners, there are several events far less strenuous than the Ironman. Sprint events, in particular, are much shorter, consisting of only a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5k run.
Others tend to shy away because they think they need to do undertake significant strength training beforehand in order to avoid injury. While strength training is good for a person’s overall health, it’s rest in between training cycles that stands as the most important deterrent for injury in the triathlete.