January 01, 2018 - We are going to cover 8 tips to have a fun, motivated, and EPIC triathlon season! Get excited and stay excited all year long.
Pick a couple of fun races or events to kick off your season. Non triathlon events in the winter are great ways to pick up some fitness and even fix some of those imbalances. Plus, there are no expectations so just have fun with it! Skimo or XC skiing are some awesome ways to have fun while still working your butt off and getting fit! Rock climbing is another fun way to build some serious strength, mobility, and balance! This stuff keeps the early season light and gets you fit.
Develop a race schedule. Plan out the races you want to do this year. Looking up races and planning them out is exciting. Not only do you get excited and have a set date for things, it helps give your training purpose. Even just a 5k or 10k in the early season is a great way to help focus on training. Always good to work on your weakness early on. The best way to plan out your race schedule is to work on it together with your coach!
Commit to a weekly group workout. Committing to a weekly group workout is a great way to improve this off season. A masters swim or weekend run group makes training fun and keeps you accountable. You build relationships with the people you train with, and all of a sudden, that Sunday long run doesn’t feel so dreadful.
Go to a training camp. I can say from experience that nothing gets you more fit than a week long training camp or an extended weekend training camp. Not only do you get to hammer some training with a bunch of other people at an awesome location, you get extremely exclusive knowledge and coaching in person from the experts! As coaches, we can see what you are doing and immediately give you feedback. The camaraderie built during camps are something special as well.
Switch it up! Do a trail run or mountain bike. On your easy days, or maybe some of your longer days, don’t be afraid to switch it up! Hitting the trails for a run or a mountain bike every now and then is a huge mental break and keeps it fun while bringing you to some awesome views. It also helps with agility and bike handling. You have to be nimble to navigate some of those trails.
Find a Rival. Having a rival in the pool or at the group run / ride is one of the biggest motivators you can have! Sometimes we need that extra push in training. Just be careful not to do the easy days with someone too competitive. It can easily turn your recovery workouts into a threshold set! When it is time to go hard, then let it rip! Race it out! A rival is a great way to switch up training.
Plan a fun race for the end of the season to end on. I think it is a great idea to plan a fun end of season race after your big “A” race. Do that spartan race or crazy race that your crazy friend has been trying to talk you into. Go do something EPIC that will shift your focus from thinking about how your season ended to how much fun you are having! It helps prevent the Off-season blues when you end a season so abruptly.
Buy some new gear! Let’s be honest. Rocking new gear is fun. It also helps motivate us to train. I’m not telling you to spend your life savings on gear, but some new wheels or maybe even just some new socks gets people excited! Remember that staying excited is an important part of our sport.
About the Author:
-Christopher J Lee
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Functional Movement Systems lvl 1
Stages Cycling Certified
Fomer Head Coach: Swimming University of Colorado Boulder