An organized triathlete is a good triathlete. When preparing to be in a triathlon one must develop a goal, schedule, and regimen. You want to plan on training for each activity twice a week leaving a seventh day for resting. On top of that day of rest, you should designate a week out of the month as a rest week in order to maintain peak physical condition. Overexertion can lead to much worse health risks than doing no workout at all. For the duration of that week you should dramatically decrease your distance and speed in order to give your body a period of recuperation.
Dedication and Relaxation
Besides the rest week, you should be increasing your speed and/or distance by up to 10% each week after. By doing this you ensure that you are making progress and moving forward toward the goals and plans that you have for yourself and your body. While it is important to make progress, it is imperative to never increase duration or distance by more than 10% as the strain could be very severe. It is largely imperative that you do not go beyond your own limits. It’s also important to have a workout plan rather than just a schedule plan.
Building Your Body Up
When training for something as intense as a triathlon you want to begin with a light warm up in order to engage your muscles and prepare your body for enduring the physical strain that will follow. Starting a swimming exercise with a bit of a light stroke then moving into interval training will be healthier for your body, while also improving your overall time. Before quitting on your workout it’s important to enter a cool down stage where you perform low intensity and low duration in order to acclimate your body back to a station of leisure. In this way, designing a specific workout plan can assist you in maintaining healthy blood pressure and performance.
Stick to the Plan
Once a general plan is established for the workout itself and the time the workout will be, its important to have goals in order to improve. A goal should be both measurable, and achievable. For example, runners use the term sub nine to mean completion of an ironman competition in less than nine hours; however this would be a somewhat impossible goal for a novice or beginner. After first attempting the different activities, a person should then craft improvement goals based upon the 10% rule of thumb and what they know is healthy and safe for their own body.
With that being said, grab a pen and piece of paper and start mapping out plans today. Check back with yourself often and see how you’re doing with your goals. Stay positive and adhere to the structures you set forth for yourself.