January 25, 2019

What You Should Know When Training For a Triathlon

Triathlon Trainer in Washington, DC

Anyone who sets their mind to training for a race knows that they are likely up for a challenge, both physically and mentally. Training for your first marathon is incredibly hard. Finding the right bicycle and training for bike races is difficult, too. Even training for swim races becomes arduous. But when you put all three of those together to train for your first triathlon, you are probably facing a whole new challenge. How do you know which muscles to work? What variety of workouts should you incorporate? Even if you have not mastered all three of those races yet, you can still set yourself up for the challenge of completing your first triathlon. Below, you will find tips and tricks for important things to focus on in your practice and what you can expect from your first race.

  1. Pick a Coach. This is an important one. Even if you have completed other types of races in the past, a triathlon is likely different than anything you’ve done before. A coach, like a triathlon trainer in Washington, DC, will help you stay focused, motivate you, and work with you to set a schedule that will get you in the shape you need to be in come race time.
  2. Plan Ahead But Stay Flexible. When it comes to preparing your workouts, you want to plan ahead for things like vacation, work trips, sick days, and even a change in weather. Your workouts do not have to be long and grueling to be effective. That said, your workouts should still be flexible. If it is particularly cold outside, move your workout to an indoor gym. If the gym isn’t open, consider investing in a stationary bike and a treadmill to supplement your usual workouts.
  3. Focus On Your Weakness. We tend to rely on what we’re good at. If you find the running portion of a triathlon particularly easy but the swimming portion is much harder, don’t focus more on the running because it’s easier. Practice your swimming and always practice your transitions between segments.
  4. Plan Your Diet Accordingly. You will need a great deal of calories as well as the right calories when you train for your triathlon. You may have your workouts planned perfectly and understand which muscle groups you need to work, but poor nutrition could mean losing—and never even finishing—the race. Consider speaking with a dietician about how to work on your nutrition.
  5. Get the Right Hydration. Similar to above, water keeps you fueled for your race. However, don’t feel that you need to rely solely on water. Healthy energy drinks with electrolytes can replenish you when you need that extra boost, and many water brands come with a little added sugar or vitamins to keep you going when you find yourself depleted.

Training for a triathlon is not rocket science, but there are useful tools and tips you can employ to ensure you finish your triathlon strong. When you examine the small things—hydrating properly or practicing your weakest areas—you realize that a triathlon is merely the sum of its parts, and you should work on each part individually and as a whole.

Check out Tri Team Z for more information on triathlon training.