Triathlon Beginners: How to Get into a Training Groove

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  • Jun 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Triathlon Beginners How to Get into a Training Groove--.jpgTriathlon beginners are offered many tips and tricks, but if you’re lacking motivation, you’re never going to get to put those tips to good use. Getting into the training groove can seem like a daunting and challenging process at first—how do you find the motivation to stick to a nutrition and training plan?

With a bit of triathlon inspiration, you’ll be ready to start your workouts in no time. Once you get into the training groove, training for a triathlon can be a fun and rewarding experience. Stop dreading your workout and get yourself excited for your new fitness journey.

Look the Part

Making the decision to start training for a triathlon is a big step in your fitness journey. Make sure you’ve got the proper gear to look the part. To make sure you’re ready for training, it’s important you stock up on the essentials like goggles, comfortable running shoes, and a proper bike.

While these are the more practical items for triathlon beginners, you’ll get more into the groove by buying fun items that will excite you and motivate you to work out. Some fun items for triathlon beginners can include funky, yet comfortable athleisure wear or a sparkly new Fitbit.

Set Goals

Setting realistic goals is important, especially for triathlete beginners. When you’re able to achieve your goals, not only do you feel a sense of accomplishment, but you’re also motivated to keep chasing that feeling of success. Continue to push yourself, while rewarding your accomplishments.

Choosing a workout routine and fitness plan and sticking to them is the greatest goal you can set for yourself.

Bring a Buddy

Triathlon training is much easier when you have someone constantly encouraging you to do better. While there may be pros and cons to bringing a pal along on your workout, if this will help you kickstart your training process, go for it.

If you’re looking to hit the ground running (pun intended), choose a friend that is at a slightly higher level than you. This will cause you to constantly push yourself to keep up. Bringing a more experienced buddy will help you boost your endurance and show you how far you can push yourself (without harming yourself, of course).

If you and your friend are both triathlon beginners, that’s great too. You’ll be better equipped to relate to one another’s pains and struggles, while starting at the same skill level. In the end, it doesn’t matter which friend you train with as long as you get out there and get started.

If you don’t have any other triathlon friends, you can always join a local training group. Visit your local athletic store to get information on any groups you can join to make the process easier. This way, you can train while you make new friends—it’s a win-win situation.

Follow Motivational Triathletes on Social Media

A great way to get into the triathlon training mood is to get inspiration from others. Watching tutorials on YouTube or following inspirational Instagram accounts will have you itching to get outside and start your training. Some of our favourite social influencers include:

  1. Alistair Brownlee. Following the most recent men’s triathlon Olympic gold medalist on Twitter will get any and all beginner triathletes aiming to train their way to the Olympic podium.
  2. Lita Lewis. This model/triathlete’s motivational posts will have you feeling determined with just a slight hint of Instagram envy.
  3. Triathlon Canada. You can stay up to date on all the Canadian triathlon news by giving a “like” to Triathlon Canada. Seeing how your fellow Canadians are training and competing will motivate you to make your country proud!

Topics: Triathlon Training


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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