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How to Kickstart Your Triathlon Training Plan

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  • Jul 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

How to Kickstart Your Triathlon Training Plan--.jpgThe sun is out and it’s time to get into training mode! Are you having a bit of trouble managing your routine? Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a beginner, we all need a little motivation to help get back into the swing of things.

You’ll be triathlon-training ready when you take the necessary steps to help kickstart your plan into action. Let’s get ready to run, bike, and swim!

Try a Fun Run

Don’t forget that triathlon training should be fun—you can’t take yourself so seriously. Training doesn’t need to be stressful or intense; it can be casual and fun at the same time. Remind yourself why you love training—that’ll be the easiest way to get yourself back into the game.

There are many options for fun training ideas. Whether you want to try a new class at your local gym, or try a Colour Run in your city, there are tons of options that can help you kickstart your triathlon training plan in an enjoyable and exciting way.   

Find Some Killer Recipes

Maintaining a properly balanced diet is just as important as your physical triathlon training. It’s important to eat unprocessed foods to help your body get in tip-top shape. Make your meal prep easier to manage by creating a food bible of your favourite recipes.

Here’s what you should keep in mind when hunting for the perfect plates:

  1. Taste the rainbow. It’s important to eat veggies of all colours. The colours of your fruits and vegetables indicate which nutrients are jam-packed inside.
  2. Light protein is best. While protein is a great source of amino acids for muscle regeneration, it’s important to remember that you’re training for a triathlon, not a body building competition. Regulate your protein intake so you don’t overdo it.
  3. Know your fiber. When training for a triathlon, fiber from good carbohydrates is great—eat lots when kickstarting your plan. You don’t, however, want to eat fiber one week before the race. This will ensure you avoid all bathroom-related issues that could negatively impact you on race day.

Start your recipe book with this awesome Chicken Niçoise, created by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, especially for triathletes.

Stock up on Gear

When you look good, you feel good. Use your triathlon training as an excuse to go shopping and stock up on great items. From electronics to athleisure wear, you’ll be looking and training your best. Make sure you have all these items before you begin:

  1. Headphones. We’re not saying you should go out and buy yourself $500 Beats by Dre, but we are recommending you invest in a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Get yourself a pair that wrap around your head and over your ears so they won’t fall out of place when you’re running or biking.
  2. Sneakers. Your lucky pair or trainers from 15 years ago just won’t cut it anymore. Buy yourself a great, comfortable pair of shoes that has lots of support—you’ll need it after spending hours on your feet training.
  3. Athleisure wear. Want to make the transition from training to daily wear seamless? Get yourself some athleisure wear! The best part about athleisure wear is that it’s totally acceptable to wear while training and afterwards out in public—running and grocery shopping has never looked or felt this comfortable.
  4. A new triathlon bike. If your old bike just isn’t cutting it anymore, it might be time to get a new one. Buying a bike has many steps, so make sure you know what you’re looking for. While you’re out shopping for a bike, don’t forget the accompanying accessories, like reflectors and a helmet.

Topics: Triathlon Training

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Cook

Matt Cook

Father of 3 and former competitive swimmer, Matt completed his first Ironman 70.3 in 2013 in Muskoka. He has since completed another 70.3 and is planning on doing a full Ironman in 2016 or 2017. Matt took up triathlons for the challenge, to relax and to just to stay in shape so he can enjoy life with his family.

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