Working towards your first Triathlon may seem like an overwhelming and lonely pursuit, especially if you are doing it alone, and it’s natural to feel that way. It’s a big step out of your comfort zone and there’s also a lot of unknown. It’s hard to know what to expect, what to do or say during the training, or to tell the difference between a good workout and a bad one.
One concern for almost everyone is injury incurred during training. This makes a huge impact on performance, and is disruptive for your training. It’s important to note that injury can happen at any point in the training, but most injuries are avoidable. Here are three basic tips that will help you improve your triathlon training and complete your first triathlon injury-free, and with a result you can be proud of.
- Think in terms of steps
It sounds simple, but when you’re triathlon training on your own and you’re literally doing steps or going with no true end in sight, it can really stifle your progress. This is because every single step is different. It’s like walking. Instead of just doing the steps of a goal, incorporate moments. This will help you break your training up into steps, which will motivate and focus you to not only accomplish your goal, but to accomplish it in the most effective and efficient way possible.
- Track your progress
I would argue that this is the biggest problem of not giving your training enough time. Make it a daily task to just step back and consider your training process. Imagine how good you can get with a weekly workout, week after week? How can you make it work? Does this fall into the daily action routine? If so, how can you reduce time spent in the gym? Trying out new workouts, a sports massage or a unique food plan can all reduce the time.
- Managing pressure
We are under lots of pressure in today’s world. To help me feel calm when I train, I connect my training routines with nature. I believe that by training in nature helps me to calm myself during the first few weeks of training, and it’s really easy to do. I find that I’m sitting on the floor and stretching, which relaxes me. It also helps me to get into a good workout mindset. At the end of the session, I leave feeling like I achieved my goal. It helps to connect to the inside of your body instead of the outside of your body.
You don’t have to have all the answers, but do remember that you need to plan your training. Is it going to be a fast or slow pace? Is it going to be more of a biking-running routine, or is it going to be more of a swimming-swimming schedule? You’ll want to figure out what your training plan is going to consist of before you dive in. If you just jump in and begin your training then you may find that you don’t have enough time to achieve the goals you have set.