- Posted by
- Matt Cook
- Aug 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Making a decision to start training for a triathlon is a big step, but a good one! The next big thing to think about though is your training schedule, and keeping up with your training schedule, even when life gets to be distracting.
It’s a bit easier to stay focused when your training takes you out of the house—such as when you’re running outside, or swimming laps at the pool—but when you’re doing triathlon strength training at home, it’s a lot harder because there are so many distractions. Here are some tips to help you avoid distractions when you’re training at home.
Have a Plan
One of the best ways to avoid distractions when you’re triathlon strength training at home is to have a training plan and schedule. When you commit to training for a triathlon the first thing that you do is create your training plan. Once you have this plan you know what you have to do for each day of your training. The plan will give you goals for the day, and knowing that you have a goal for the day will give you motivation to reach it. Tape your training plan and schedule to your fridge so you can see it every morning, and get yourself in the mindset of knowing that this is something that you have to do each day.
With training at home make sure that you factor into your plan activities and exercises that you can actually accomplish in the space that you have. Nothing is more distracting than having to manoeuvre around objects or people when you’re trying to focus on your training.
Turn Off Your Electronics
This may seem obvious, but turn off your TV and your phone (or put it on silent) when you’re training at home. We often think that we can accomplish certain tasks with the TV on, or when we’re talking on the phone because we’ve become rather good with multitasking, but this is not the headspace that you want to be in while you’re trying to train. Your strength training deserves all of your concentration as you push yourself each day. It’s also dangerous to you (and anyone around you) if you lose your concentration when you’re in the middle of an exercise or lifting a weight. Your job is to focus on what you’re doing and what your body is telling you, and you can only do that when you aren’t distracted by your electronics.
That being said, the one electronic that you might want to look into getting is a Fitbit or other fitness-tracking device to help you track your fitness goals, and to keep you on target. It will track your exercise without distracting you.
Do It Solo
When you first start training it’s often good to have a buddy because it gives you someone to keep you accountable to your schedule. They can also offer encouragement and moral support, and it can just be more fun. However, it’s important to note that after a while a buddy can become a distraction. For example, if one of you starts to lose interest in training, it can be harder for the other to keep going.
Buddies can also be a distraction to your training because you could be further into your training, or focusing on a specific thing that they are not. So, when you’re at home working on your training it’s important to do it solo. This way, you’re responsible for keeping yourself accountable, you can work on what you need to work on, and you avoid getting distracted by idle chitchat and instead are focusing on yourself, your training, and what you need to accomplish.