Whether you are new to triathlons or are an experienced competitor, common mistakes in training or during a race can lead to sub-par performances, or, even worse, physical injuries or illness. In fact, seasoned triathletes like Ryan Martin, Abigail Adams and Marco-Abel Nordio focus heavily on training correctly and eating properly to help ensure they’re in peak condition for race day. Learning to avoid risk and meet problems head on is the key to ensuring the best performance each and every time you compete.
Below are common problems and how to fix them:
- Incorrect Pacing: A typical problem for beginners, triathlon participants start strong and then run out of steam before the run course. Fixing the problem begins with training. Focus on tuning out your surroundings. Work out at a steady pace, starting with the easiest cycle first and progressing to the most difficult.
- Overtraining: Athletes are driven, but that can backfire when it comes to training. By working out to the fullest extent every single day, you don’t give your body time to rest and recoup. Rotate your hardest workouts and easy routines to avoid overtraining.
- Setting Unrealistic Goals: Goals are a necessary tool in your triathlon training arsenal. Unfortunately, many athletes set immediate goals that are much too high and, when they don’t reach the goal, they become frustrated and depressed. Your goals should be achievable and taken in steps.
- Slow transitions: In a triathlon, you have to be efficient. Long transition times are exceedingly common. Precious minutes slip away while you change your shoes or rub the sunscreen on. If you rush, you run the risk of forgetting something important. Avoid long transition times with practice. Once you have your transition routine down pat, even the noise, excitement and intensity of a race won’t slow you down.