For those unaware, a Triathlon is, essentially, an athletic contest or marathon consisting of three different physical disciplines rolled into one event; these are in most cases swimming, long-distance running and cycling. Below, we explore some Triathlon Coaching Advice that will have you ready to running, swimming and peddling in no time!
Preparing for a Triathlon
Preparing for a Triathlon can be a slightly longer process for the unprepared, but it’s easily doable with steely determination! The first and most important step is to get into a routine. Join a local Triathlon club, and try to join a coached club, which will really help your confidence and technique.
It can take a while to prepare your physique for a Triathlon, so start gradually and increase it bit-by-bit to avoid injury. Start with maybe 1 or 2 sessions a week of cycling, swimming and running, and when you start to feel confident and comfortable, increase the number and duration of the sessions. It’s extremely important to try and not ‘overdo’ it, as an injury can put a complete stop to your training for weeks, or even months.
The best exercise for swimming, biking and running is to do just that: swim, bike, run! If you’re having problems in certain areas, or have certain weaknesses – focus on overcoming them first. If you have problems with your knees or your legs in general, try doing some deep-water running – this helps to strengthen your legs, and reduces the impact whilst still allowing you to train and recover.
Triathlon Dieting and Hydration
Another point to make, however basic, is to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and eating right. Hydration is rule number one in any sport of training programme – if your body isn’t properly hydrated, it won’t be able to function at the kind of capacity you need it to or it should be running. Try fluid replacement drinks also, as it’s important to maintain a good electrolyte balance. Nutrition is another hugely important aspect of training – don’t train on an empty stomach, and ensure you have a sensible diet. Consume correctly, but make sure that you don’t over-consume, as this can be equally as bad as under-consuming.
If you’re looking for a coached Triathlon Training Programme, F4L offer coaching on an extremely personal level, with concise goal setting and personal targets to help you achieve the fitness levels you want to achieve, and to help get you on the road to Triathlon success!
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