Below is a post from YoungTri Executive Board Member Patrick LaBrode on tips for excelling in the upcoming spring tri season!
Soon enough the ice will be melting and your 2014 triathlon season will begin! I’m not sure about you, but I’m excited! But before you start getting the rust off your bike and breaking in your new pair of running shoes, remember that this is a new triathlon season, which means a brand new opportunity to be the athlete you’re striving to be!
So many athletes hold lingering disappointment and stress from their past season failures or missteps. If you begin your season thinking about all of the negative things that went on during last year’s training and competition, you are just going to set yourself up for failure. Remember that this new year is your chance to achieve your goals! It all starts off with a new fresh attitude toward the entire season. If you fret about not doing well in the past and that you wont be able to do well now, then it’s going to be extremely hard to improve. Instead of holding yourself to the negative things that happened in the past years, take those mistakes and turn them into a learning experience. Evaluate what went wrong and write down a plan to fix those problems.
Here are some ideas to help you prepare for a great triathlon season:
Start off with the little things. Did you not enough water during and after training sessions? If so, then make it a goal to always have a water bottle in hand. Maybe you didn’t allow enough time for your body to recover after intense training, so put in some extra recovery time this season. If you can fix the little things, it’ll make the big picture of training and competing well a lot easier!
Focus on a positive attitude. Anyone can work hard, but it takes a lot of mental strength to push through the intense two hour bike rides, or the set of repeat hill runs. Staying positive from the moment you wake up will help you get the most out of your training and keep you sane!
Take up some new skills! Maybe you could learn how to change a flat tire, or improve some skills in your transitions to cut down time during a race. You could also improve your swimming technique to conquer those open waters! Maybe take up yoga to improve your flexibility and recovery. Learning new skills will help you grow in your training and grow as and overall athlete.
These are just a few ways to start your new triathlon season off right. There are many ways to make this season better than last year, and it’s all under your control!
So take a deep breath, move out of your comfort zone a little bit, and take control to make the 2014 triathlon season the year you achieve your goals!