We asked Osmo athletes for their advice to anyone taking on a new sport. What do they wish they’d been told when first starting out?
“Enjoy the process – it’s really easy to get wrapped up in a goal/target/dream where you lose sight of what’s going on around you! It’s important to enjoy all of the experiences of the journey, because it cultivates more passion for the sport and desire to get there.” – Cam Piper
“Don’t stress about your current level of performance or get caught up in comparing your ability to others. Instead, focus on the process of improving and your own development as a better athlete.” – Lucas Rowton
“It definitely takes TIME (like many years) to develop skill and a good fitness base. This is for cycling specifically, but with any sport, there is always room for improvement, so patience and practice is key. I think it’s important to try and always keep it fun and enjoyable, even if you do start to take it more seriously or race competitively.” – Lindsay Dwyer
“If you’re considering running an ultra, don’t wait. Very few people have a perfect first ultra, in fact very few people have a perfect ultra ever, but we learn from our mistakes and keep moving forward. The sooner you start, the sooner you learn and improve.” – Deserae Clarke
“Be patient. A quality process equates to quality results. Don’t rush your training, enjoy the process and be patient with your body and mind.” – Becky Rogers
“You don’t have to be great at all three sports in triathlon at first – in fact, you don’t even have to be great at any of them – just give it a try and see what you think! Also, all the fancy gear is not needed to participate in your first triathlon. It should be about finishing and having fun!” – Roseann Peiffer
“My advice to an athlete just starting out or even one who’s been at it 20 years is to remember that this is what we choose to do for fun, so make sure you’re having fun! I try to approach triathlon with a “get to” vs “have to” mind set as we are lucky to be able to get out and test our body’s limits on a daily basis.” – Amy Farrell
“1) Make sure your bike is in a light gear when you leave it in the transition area. It will be easier to accelerate after T1!
2) Don’t take your swim cap and goggles off as soon as you get out of the water. Instead, keep your goggles on your forehead so you have both hands free to take your wetsuit off!” – Eva Kodouskova