I know the people who ask about whether it's my first race are just being friendly. They aren't trying to insult me. My first triathlon, the one I wasn't sure I could even finish, was still my favorite race. I was so proud of myself for just crossing that finish line. For a while, I lost sight of the fun. I tried to race to be impressive and to make training my job. That wasn't fun and I resented all the work I was putting in to not feeling good enough. Now I'm still pushing myself, but with the goal of keeping it sustainable and fun. I want to remember what a gift it is just to be fit enough to do this sport.
I'm proud to be the world's most experienced beginner. Beginners are amazing. If you are a real beginner, I can't promise you will get an awesome triathlon body, but you an have a great time. And if you choose the right races, you can get cool medals and t-shirts.