5 Smart Tweaks to Make You a Better Triathlete
Tips to get fitter, faster and stay focused
There’s no question to the amount of discipline and dedication that triathletes give to their craft. Here are some triathlon advice on how you can level up on your performance.
→Examine your goals and objectives for doing the sport. If your “why” is undeniably clear, then you will have a strong reason to jump out of bed to train each morning. Keep a reminder of this reason within sight, as a screensaver or something posted on your work area.
→Formulate a working strategy, if possible with a coach. Triathlon is a year-round sport and planning your season with key races, training build-up and recovery periods well will determine your success. We plan our athletes’ calendars for at least a year ahead, and some a couple of years ahead.
→Stay on top of recovery and nutrition. Triathletes train really hard but tend to neglect these two important elements. We like to load ourselves with heavy work, but forget that we have to allow our bodies to absorb it. You can’t perform well without ample rest and sleep. If you want to be a serious athlete, then you have to learn to prioritize this over late nights. It’s as simple as that.
→Nutrition is key to fine-tuning your body. It can spell the difference between a mediocre performance and an outstanding finish. You cannot maximize your potential in both training and racing if you eat haphazardly.
→Last but not the least, make sure you have fun and enjoy what you do. There are so many reasons I love being a triathlete. Sure, it’s a lot of hard work, but the benefits are tremendous. If it reaches the point where training starts to feel like a chore, it’s okay to step back a little bit and take time off. Don’t stretch yourself to the point of burnout, or worse, to permanent injury.