Spring seems to have come early in much of the world, and that's motivating many people to go outside and get back in shape.
Training for a competition to get fit — a triathlon, 10K, mud-and-obstacle run, or something else fun — is an excellent way to stay motivated.
But if it's your first time preparing for that kind of physical challenge, you're likely to learn a few unexpected things along the way.
Business Insider spoke with Dan Arnett, a professional triathlon coach, to see what surprises people encounter while getting into shape.
Here are his top five: