If you want to try your hands at a triathlon, but are worried about being able to do the whole thing on your own, then think about getting a team together. Recently Matt Damon completed the running portion of the Escape from Miami Triathlon as a member of a relay team along with his stepfather and family friend. Doing just one portion of the race is ideal because it enables you to get your feet wet (literally speaking if you're the swimmer) in the triathlon world, but takes away the fear of having to do something you're not ready to do or feel comfortable doing (or simply just don't want to do). My sister-in-law does a tri with her parents every year and I've always thought it was a fabulous idea, not to mention a great bonding experience. Maybe the saying should be that the family that tris together, stays together.
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