A new year brings new goals and resolutions! Maybe you’re a competitive cyclists or marathoner who’s looking to take the next challenging step in your competitive sporting career.
Here are 5 great tips from Michelle Cooper to help make the leap into Triathlon.
Start straight away!
Before you know it, you’ll be saying goodbye to January and Hello to February so don’t delay your training. The best thing you can do is signup to your first Olympic distance triathlon which will give you something to work towards. Here is a useful tool from Triathlon Australia to find all the upcoming events in 2019.
Pick at least a couple of goals
Don’t be shy with your goal setting – One goal can either be too much pressure or too easy to complete whilst too many goals can be daunting and becoming unmotivating. Try set yourself around 5-7 goals that you can reach in the first two months of your triathlon tenure. Goals can revolve around distance covered or time taken to complete a distance – you be the judge. If you think you’re racing through them too quickly then great! Just make sure to make the next batch of a goals a little more challenging.
Join a triathlon club
This is the best thing you can do in order to grow and succeed as a triathlete. Joining likeminded people who share the same goals and aspirations as you will make training fun plus you’ll be making new friends along the way. There is a lot to learn and understand in triathlon so invaluable tips from the veterans of the club will help improve your race day results. If you’re located around the Southside of Brisbane, SBR Triathlon club in Yeerongpilly offers a great 6-week beginner program to help get you ready for your first race. For the list of triathlon clubs in Australia click here.
Start where you are comfortable
Be realistic about where you are starting your training and make a sound plan and regimen from that - don't under or over-estimate your ability or availability.
Don't go too hard early on
The worst thing you can do is dive straight into rigorous training and covering exorbitant distances in the early stages of your triathlon. Not only will your body be unaccustomed to the new exercise regimens you are undertaking but you also run the risk of injury which could set you back weeks or even months. Start off slow and steady, after all, triathlon is a lengthy committed sport, not a sprint!
If you’re interested in becoming a member of Triathlon Australia as well as your affiliated State association then you can signup here.
Good luck and have fun!