Fall is a beautiful time of the year - crisp weather, changing colors, and the always-inspiring marathons! Marathons may not be something that come to mind when you think of fall, but it's the perfect time to run. We at O2 Living were inspired by the New York City marathon last weekend and decided we wanted to give a go at a triathlon next. Here are 8 tips for everyone inspired by marathon season and training for the first triathlon!
Train your mind right.
One of the biggest mistakes athletes make when preparing for their first triathlon is training too hard. Respect your rest days and stay within the confines of your workout plan.
Focus on the process, not the outcome.
Setting minor goals while training for your race can you help you achieve major success. While winning a triathlon would be great, it’s best to focus on the process. Keeping your cadence up, sticking to a nutrition plan and all the other little things that keep you in the zone could be the minor tickets to success.
Drop some drills.
It’s not necessary to do 1,000 swimming drills to become a better swimmer. 200 sprints won’t make you a better runner, and major mile bike rides won’t make you a better biker. Stick to drills that have a very specific purpose. Getting comfortable with the type of exercise is the first step to improvement- once your comfortable, 1,000 swimming drills would be great!
Do the right thing in the gym.
The heavier the weight, the stronger I’ll get? Myth. The reason for strength training is to demonstrate strength, not to gain strength. Performing your weighted exercises with lighter weights but excellent form is the best thing when trying to grow your muscles.
Keep it simple.
Crazy complicated exercises lead to muscle memory, not necessarily a growth in your muscles. Keep your workout simple, focus on muscles that stabilize you and target the muscles necessary for biking, swimming, and running. Don’t stress about free weights, resistance bands, and kettle bells, focus on firing the muscles necessary for the workout at hand. Once you get the muscle to fire, you’ll get stronger.
Don’t skip the stretch.
Stretching shouldn’t be the dreaded few minutes before or after your workout. Stretching helps maintain range of motion, which can increase your speed and power. Working on your power and strength would be impossible if your joints didn’t have the range of motion they need. Stretching can also help with your sore muscles, but if stretching isn't enough to help you recover, consider trying Living Health and Wellness Hemp Muscle Mist. The combined power of CBD and menthol soothe and relax sore muscles, allowing you to recover and train better!
Rehearsing the order of things after you lay them out is a perfect way to calm down your nerves before the race. You have a plan, you can visualize it, and you can assure a smooth transition during the race.
Smile for the camera!
You’ve just finished your first triathlon; the picture is going to be one you remember forever. Wear your coolest gear, speed up to avoid the dreaded rubbery leg and “race walk” look, and don’t forget to smile, it’s over!