Virginia Triathlon Training Programs 

Virginia Triathlon Training Programs 

Anyone who is training for a triathlon understands just how critical training is for competing. They know it takes discipline, motivation, and the commitment to work hard to continually improve. There are several fundamental mistakes that many triathlon trainers see triathletes make and continue to make as they are training. These mistakes can seriously hamper any progress the triathlete could make leading up to the competition. The following is a brief overview of those mistakes. To find out more details and to see how Virginia triathlon training programs from Team Z can help you achieve your goals, contact our facility today.

Status Quo

One of the most common mistakes that a triathlete can make is to do the same training week after week. There is no change up to their training, other than to increase the volume of what they are doing. Running and cycling are typically just racking up miles. When it comes to swim training, they limit themselves to either swimming alone and just doing laps or, if they do venture out, they only get as far as their local Masters group.

With no real thought to training, there will likely not be long-term improvement. In order to achieve those goals, a triathlete must evolve each week throughout the training leading up to the competition. Triathletes must challenge their bodies in different ways every time they train, otherwise, their bodies will not learn how to constantly adapt, one of the critical keys to a successful triathlon.

What is needed to be successful is a focused training which will continuously improve step by step to get the competition-ready peak you are striving for. This can be done in three phases:

  •       Base phase
  •       Build phase
  •       Peak phase

If you are considering enrolling in one of the Virginia triathlon training programs we offer to get you race ready, contact Team Z today.


Another mistake that training triathletes make is to not work on their own technique. In order to successfully compete in a triathlon, you need to be able to harness energy efficiency. Having a good technique will help decrease the energy grab during swimming, cycling, and running. Some triathletes do have a technique for swimming, but the majority of no technique when it comes to running or cycling.

At Team Z, we offer several Virginia triathlon training programs that provide different ways to improve technique. Some of these programs involve the following types of training:

  •       Perform at very fast and very short intervals
  •       Technique drills, including butt kicks, high knees, and spin out
  •       Concentrate on form while you are cycling, running, and swimming.

Know Your Weakness

Although most people would rather spend time doing the things they do well, it is critical if you are involved in one of the Virginia triathlon training programs Team Z offers to spend time doing the things you are not that strong in. But if you are really serious about reaching your maximum improvement level, then this step is critical. Knowing what your weaknesses are and working on improving them will lead you to eliminating those weakness and getting you that much closer to your goals.

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Growing up, I was never even remotely athletic, a distinct liability in a sports-mad country. Moreover, I grew to associate the idea of people being “sporty” with people who were generally obnoxious, who loved to lord their athletic prowess over others.

Triathlon, therefore, was a revelation for me: very ordinary people who were able to achieve extraordinary things. Team Z is the essence of triathlon in that regard, an amazing mix of experienced athletes (who turned out to be quite nice people) and absolute beginners, all sharing their different journeys. The team is full of people who push me when I need to be pushed and who push me when I don’t think I want to be pushed. Because the team pushes me, I’ve become something I never would have believed I could become: an athlete.

Mark Mullen


Never say never on Team Z! I never thought I would do a triathlon let alone a half Ironman. I told anyone who would listen that the only way I would ever run another marathon was if it was in an Ironman and since I was never going to do an Ironman I had nothing to worry about. Well, so much for my “never” list. With the support of Team Z, I have raced numerous short distance triathlons, several half Ironmans, raced my best injury free marathon (I beat Oprah’s time), and signed up for an Ironman.
Regardless of your experience, speed, motivation, and goals there is a place for you on Team Z. When I joined the Team in December 2011, I did not know what to expect. My old game plan was to go as fast and as hard as possible regardless of the consequences. I do not recommend this strategy. I somehow always fell to side with an injury and burned out long before I reached the start line. This all changed when I joined Team Z. With the help of the coaches and my teammates, I am learning everyday how to find balance physically, set reachable goals, listen to my body, and enjoy the experience. I have a good friend on the Team that says that all the training and hard work is the journey. Race day is the victory lap. Gotta Love Team Z!

Kathy Hsu


In 2009 I ran the Disney Marathon with my mom, accompanying her on her first 26.2 mile adventure. I remember standing at the start next to her and saying, “just think, those Ironman people have to do this after swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112”¦..freaking lunatics!.” Two years later with a couple of sprint and Olympic triathlons under my belt, and after a couple of glasses of wine, I started to wonder, “Maybe I can do an Ironman too?” So I pulled the trigger, dropped the cash, and signed up for Ironman Cozumel. This followed by immediate panic. “Oh dear God, what have I done? I haven’t the slightest clue how to train for an Ironman.” A couple months later, by chance, I ran into a Z’er outside of my work and as we started talking Triathlon, she told me about Team Z. “Why not? It can’t hurt” I thought to myself. So I joined. It didn’t take me long to realize that this team had everything I wanted: knowledgeable and supportive coaches, structured training plans for all levels and abilities, fantastic teammates, and most importantly cold beers ready for you after every race!

Scott Leary