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How to Begin your Tri Training
Posted: November 21, 2007
For first-time triathletes, the three-sport nature of triathlon training can seem overwhelming. Though most of us, as kids or adults, have tried swimming, riding a bike, or running, not many have ever pulled off all three in one day.
With all of the challenges of preparing for a triathlon, many beginning athletes and seasoned veterans have the same concerns: Should I do all three sports every day? How long should I work out? Why am I so tired? What should I eat? By the end of this program, we will provide you with the tools and experiences you need to answer these questions in the best way for you.
We are all excited that you have decided to join Iron Chicks 2008, and no matter what your goal, we look forward to helping you achieve it. Whether you hope to complete or compete at the Danskin Triathlon, we have brought together a team of experienced triathletes to help coach and mentor you throughout the program. The expert coaches who understand each of the disciplines thoroughly will help you attain the best techniques in each sport so that you can obtain your race-day goals.
Athletes share many things, regardless of their experience, age, gender and natural ability. All athletes rely on the same fuel sources, the same number of bones, and the same muscular structure and nervous system. However, you may have heard that there are as many ways to train for a triathlon as there are number of triathletes. Despite the commonalities, this sentiment is absolutely true, and it is crucial that you understand how individual your training process needs to be in order for it to be a success.
When is comes to the specificity of training, each athlete is unique. Your unique combination of motivation, genetic capabilities, time constraints, and particular goals makes you an athlete unlike any other. The key to success in this program is to understand the two elements of training: the commonly accepted principals of training, which we will provide throughout the program, and your own individual needs. Helping us understand your needs throughout the program will help us to help you tailor your program.
Big challenges require not just goals but a mission. Everyone in this group shares the goal of completing the Danskin Triathlon, but we will take the first week of the course to begin to mold that goal into a mission. The difference between a goal and a mission is attitude. Missions are made up of smaller goals that lead to specific steps that allow you to achieve that goal. Missions imply work, and you will need to plan specific steps in order to reach your target. Take the time to do this as you are introduced to the sport and the coaches throughout the first couple of weeks. Then talk with other athletes in the program and your homeroom coach to articulate your mission so that it becomes clearer and more achievable to you.
But triathlon is not about talk. It is easy to have a dream and set high goals, but the true test of commitment to completing the Danskin Triathlon is in the doing. This why it is important to us that you attend all the workouts provided to you. We don’t expect you to eat, sleep and breathe triathlon every day, but we do expect a level of commitment to attending the workout and attempting to do all of the On Your Own workouts. We understand that balancing training and other responsibilities is difficult to achieve, but rearranging daily activity by only 10% percent in the direction of better fitness will bring about noticeable improvement.
We are here to help motivate you and help you remodel those workouts around your schedule. Always feel free to come to any of your coaches with any questions about your mission, your goals, your lifestyle, training or your fears. There are many people who have experienced similar situations before you, and we all need others to help us reach our own personal finish lines.