Use these tips to begin your transition from offseason mode to preseason triathlon and endurance training.
TriSteps : Liz Elliott
The triathlon season is just around the corner and most of you have been working out less. Even if you are seasoned athlete, you will be starting from a fitness level based on what you have been doing recently. Although you may be excited to get started, when beginning again, start at your current fitness level.
Here are some tips to get you started on a good note, and set up a safe fun, successful season:
1 “” To stave off injury and illness, follow the three Ps: patience, pacing and persistence.
2 “” Plan out your entire season now. Set your goal races for the entire year. Decide what are your “A” races, and the “on the way” races to those races. With a plan and goals, you can then relax, and just take each practice day by day.
3 “” If you’ve spent the winter working on a treadmill and/or bike trainer, transition to an open trail or road slowly, alternate workouts with the machine. It allows your body to adapt.
4 “” Early spring in California is usually cold, and late spring is usually wet. Keep your feet dry, and your body warm. Many thin layers of wicking clothes are better than a few thick layers. Shed layers as you warm up.
5 “” Joining a team and having workout partners and coached practice can be great motivators for getting back into the swing of things.
6 “” Set up a good training pattern now, early in the season.
7 “” Do leg and core strength exercises at every practice early in the season. Strengthening muscles now helps your body recover better now and through the season. It also helps you perform better, especially in the run portion of triathlons.
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