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The coaches at Life Time Endurance have a Top 10 List of Training Tips to help make your triathlon experience a great one!
1. Slowly build your training volume and intensity.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a triathlete! It’s recommended that you take 12-16 weeks to prepare for your first triathlon depending on your level of fitness and experience at the start of your program.
2. Train with a group.
Make training social and increase your overall enjoyment! There are lots of tri clubs and other groups that host group workouts for all levels and abilities.
3. Focus on technique.
Most beginners tend to focus on conditioning their bodies without paying close enough attention on developing proper technique first. Practicing poor technique can both hinder your progress in the future as well as open yourself up to getting injured. From the very beginning, seek advice from a coach and focus on proper technique for swimming, cycling and running.
4. Recovery is part of the performance equation.
Training is obviously important but so is recovery! Without proper rest and recovery, your body won’t get stronger from bouts of training. Make sure that you have a balance of both in your schedule.
5. Listen to your body.
Excess fatigue, mood swings, loss of appetite and other similar characteristics can be indicative of over training. Develop a keen sense of self-awareness and listen to your body. When it needs a break, it willl tell you!
6. Eat for performance.
Fuel your body for training. Choose foods that are nutritious and provide you with the energy required for training, day in and day out. As an athlete, your body craves nutrients and calories needed to get stronger… don’t deprive it and look at your food as fuel for performance.
7. Strength train!
Triathletes often get focused only on swimming, cycling and running and neglect other important areas of their fitness, such as strength and flexibility training. Incorporate strength training into your overall routine and you’ll see the benefits of increased performance as well as reduced risk of injury.
8. Maintain a training log.
“That which gets measured, matters.” Track and monitor your training by maintaining a log for best results. Update it daily and be accountable to your training plan. Review your log notes ever so often to recognize patterns in your fitness development.
9. Educate yourself.
Just as a race car driver has intimate knowledge as to how the engine works in their car, you should know how your engine works too. Read as much as you can about the basics of exercise physiology and training for multisport competition for a better understanding of the ‘hows’ and the ‘whys’ of training.
10. Make it fun!
Only the programs that are both effective and fun will succeed in helping you reach your goals. Make workouts fun by maintaining variety in your plan and training with others. Little things like running your normal four mile loop in reverse can keep things fresh and exciting.
For more information and tips about training, racing and everything else triathlon-related, please visit www.lifetimeendurance.com and talk to one of our professional Life Time Coaches today!