It sounds a little daunting but even complete novices are, enthusiastically, signing up for one of the most fun and healthiest events of the year.
The Kilkenny Triathlon Club will hold the V-Graph triathlon in Graignamanagh on Saturday, September 6.
Already hundreds of people have signed up and many of them have never swam the 750 metres in the River Barrow, not to mind run the 5km or cycled the 20km involved.
The club has put huge resources at the disposal of those who would like to try it and I have signed up for the event even though I am not a runner, cyclist or a particular good swimmer and am slightly over weight.
I will be starting a blog on www.kilkennytriathlonclub.com and on the Kilkenny People website from next week. So you can read about mishaps, saddle sores, near drowning incidents and speed wobbles.
It is a goal of many people to complete a triathlon and this is a great one with which to start. Get your wet suit, float/swim down the Barrow followed by a light cycle and picturesque walk.
Lorna Raggett is liaison officer with the club and has confirmed that 40 new people, with no background in the disciplines, have registered and she is hoping that loads more come on board.
“This is all about having fun, getting exercise, challenging yourself and doing something different than just going for a walk in the evening,” she said.
“We appeal to everyone, the mother of four; the elite athlete trying to do a personal best; those who want to lose weight and others who might be having a mid-life crisis and need a goal to sign up,” she said. The club has organised a number of training nights and will help people with the river-swimming element, run and the cycling - experts are available for professional advice.
“Don’t think about it just do it, you will be amazed at how much fun you can have and how good you will feel afterwards. If you want to know more just look up www.kilkennytriathlonclub.com or contact Lorna at: firstname.lastname@example.org