How do you train for triathlon the simple way? Is there really a simple way to train for an Ironman Triathlon or a 70.3 Ironman Triathlon? What about an Olympic Triathlon or a Sprint Triathlon?
I will be brutally honest: NO, there is NOT a shortcut to train for an Ironman Triathlon and 70.3 Ironman Triathlon. You have to do the time in the pool, get on the bike, and put the miles in on the road for running.
As far as the Olympic distance and Sprint Triathlons, you have a little bit of flexibility. For example, if you swim 2x a week, bike 2x a week, and run 2x a week, along with lifting 2x a week, you could get by with doing a Sprint Triathlon. I would add whatever is your weakest for the Olympic. If you are not the best swimmer, then get in the pool 3x a week versus 2x a week.
So, how is this blog going to help you? Here you go:
Five Ways to Make Training for a Triathlon a Little Bit Easier:
1. Quality Over Quantity
- Make sure your workouts have a REASON behind them. Ask yourself: How is this going to get me closer to my goal for my “A” race?
- For example, why are you running with a 10:00 pace group when you are slated to run intervals?
- Another example: I had an athlete contact me today, exhausted. I suggested they do their run over their lift, as the run is the most important for now. Try to get the lift in somewhere else, if possible.
2. Do NOT do your Long Bike and Long Run back to back.
- Long bike on Saturday. Long run on Sunday. BIG NO NO.
- Here is the Blog.
3. Prioritize your workouts
- A little the same as #1; since you know WHY you are doing that specific workout, prioritize it.
- For example, if you have a tough interval bike and an easy swim on the same day. Life happens. The kid gets sick. Another kid has to go to basketball practice and wife/husband/partner is out of town. It will be “easier” to do the tough interval bike (#ouch) because you can do it at home, waiting to pick up the kid from basketball practice, while the other kid is sleeping.
4. Find Your Why
- I just wrote a blog about this one. Finding your reason behind doing an Ironman Triathlon or a Sprint Triathlon will make getting up at 5:00 am so much easier.
- Here is the BLOG.
5. Surround Yourself with Crazy People like you!
- I say it all the time. Find a Tribe. A Community. People just like you. If you want to be on a virtual team, check out Rulon Racing! Click HERE to learn more today!
- Or surround yourself with a TON of social media connections on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. What I LOVE about Instagram is you can hashtag a TON of things such as #triathlete, #triathlon, #Ironmantraining, and #swimbikerun. You will feel the LOVE as well!
Training for a Sprint Triathlon to an Ironman Triathlon DOES work in the real world. Remember, we don’t get paid to do these races. We pay a lot of money to do these races. So, when you sign up for a race and BAM, you are not prepared for it, it can put a lot of stress on the mind, the body, and the bank account.