Beginner Triathlon Training – 5 Top Tips

Perhaps you are considering entering a triathlon competition. If you have never been a competitive athlete or involved much in endurance sports before now, you may need some tips on how to approach your triathlon training. Training right is very important to endurance sports like triathlons. Lack of good training leads to more than poor competitive performance: you can become injured or even make yourself sick.

What should beginners to the triathlon world keep in mind?

1) When you are first starting out, you have to pace yourself. Don’t try to prove to yourself, your spouse, your family, your dog, or anyone else that you “can do it”. If you don’t start off slowly and then gradually build up to both greater speed and longer workouts, you will only prove that you can make yourself too exhausted to be competitive on race day or, worse, that you know exactly how to injure yourself and keep yourself out of commission for weeks.

In a more extreme scenario, poor training could lead to something like a heart attack. Keep in mind–this is highly unlikely. But it is a real, if rare, possibility, and thus you have to take serious training seriously. Pace yourself and build up gradually.

2) Stretch well. Lack of stretching robs strength from your muscles. It robs flexibility from your movements. And, it can also lead to some very serious injury. Your stretching regimen should be involved and cover all of your muscle groups. Take your time with it and never take it lightly. It’s more important to stretch after your workouts than before, but ideally you should stretch at both times.

3) If you ever feel that you are too tired to workout as intensely as you planned, don’t. That doesn’t mean don’t push yourself to the limit–it does mean to KNOW your limits. You risk injury, burn out, and illness if you push yourself too hard. Listen carefully to your body as its energies ebb and flow. When you feel very strong, push yourself harder. But when you feel overly tired, take it easier.

4) In spite of what was said above, you do need to create a workout schedule in advance and stick to it as much as you can. This gives you a strong mental focus and makes you feel committed and energized. Only deviate from it in a marginal way and if your body is seriously telling you that you should not or cannot do what you planned for such and such a day. Also, readjust your schedule in relation to what you do that day so you stay consistent.

5) Plan your workouts right up till the day before the race with care. Include what you’ll eat, how far you’ll run or bike or swim, and everything else. If you’re a beginner you want a coach, so consult him on exactly how to proceed with your schedule. Again, triathlon success depends on excellent planning.

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