Competing in the The Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon is no joke! You’ve got to be committed and you have to train! A group of Regan’s Motivated Fitness bootcamp regulars were looking to set a goal to kick-start their new year fitness resolutions last December. Other members were looking to just get in shape and hoping lose weight and gain a healthier lifestyle. Enter Thomas Regan from Motivated.
“We decided as a group to set up a training program for the Boston Triathlon. We figured in having a concrete fitness goal set, that we would be more likely to reach our own personal fitness goals and aspirations,” said Regan.
Via an email blast to the entire Motivated gym/neighborhood-wide community looking for people to join the new Boston Triathlon training program, over 30 people responded looking to participate. In January, Regan, along with his father Tom Regan, owner of Motivated, put into place a 30 week training program that started with basic workouts like stationary bike rides, one mile jogs (or even walks/elliptical sessions) and dips in a pool to become accustomed with swimming. “The program started steady and early with the hopes to incorporate longer and more intense workouts as the race approached. Our short stationary bike rides turned to upwards of 40 mile outdoor rides; our jogs turned to long distance runs; our mere dips in the pool turned to long ocean swims,” said Regan.
They then implemented Brick workouts (two or more events back to back, swimming-running, biking-running, swimming-biking, etc.) leading up to a mock race day two weeks before the event.
“Once the wheels were in motion, the camaraderie of a group-driven fitness goal took over. Knowing that you have a group of people who are going through the same process, and sometimes pain, that you are is not only comforting but it is also motivating,” added Regan.
From this training, the results include two confident brides, one member losing 40 pounds, and boot campers transformed into confident athletes.
“To say this process was a success would be an understatement. The results of the race itself on Sunday are not important, because what’s really important are the results that our members have seen in their own lives. The weight loss, the strength gained, and the positive mentalities are the real accomplishments of training for an event like this. The accomplishment of competing in and hopefully finishing the race itself is just the cherry on top,”said Regan proudly.
For the final team there are 10 members competing in the triathlon this weekend in Southie! Leading the group will be fearless leader Tom Regan along with Erin Moeller, Melissa Nazar, Chet Lang, Bri Colantonio, Shannon Cochran, Tom Dearnley, Ali Hockler, Andrew Lane and Michael Kineavy.
Make sure to cheer them on at the Boston Triathlon this weekend in Southie on Sunday, July 22nd in the morning! You can learn more about this event here!