6 Motivational Training Tips
Whether you are a lapsed triathlete, experienced vet or a first timer one thing will be consistent in the build-up to your event, at some point your motivation will dip! Have a look at our top tips to keep your motivation up as you train.
Know why you’re doing it
If you are doing this as to challenge yourself, to lose weight or to beat your personal best does not matter, but knowing why, will help you make sure you stick to your training plan. Being self-motivated can be hard but if you know why you’re doing it that is a big step on the way because you can see the end goal. Find yourself a main goal for what you would like to achieve and remember it at all times.
Know your strengths and weaknesses
Will swimming, running or cycling be the hardest for you? Which one do you enjoy the most? Combine the training in a way that you will get the most out of it, just because you are weaker in one area do not only train for that and likewise do not only train in the discipline you enjoy. After all, variety is the spice of life!
Make a schedule
How long is there to go before the race, how much time do you have to train between work and other commitments? Is it possible to combine the training with your everyday life in any way?
If you have a schedule it will help you put into perspective how you are going to reach that end goal that we mentioned earlier and make it feel possible. There is a plan and if you just need follow it you can get there and achieve.
Vary the way you are training
Go for a run around the park or go to the gym and run on a treadmill, have a run around your neighbourhood. Practice swimming in a pool or outdoors in nature for an extra boost of motivation, don’t limit yourself to only swimming in a pool as that is what you will be doing on race day.
If you find yourself feeling like it is getting stale doing the same swim add in a lake swim, it can add some variety to your training that will motivate you to continue. Cycling can easily be woven into your daily life; can you cycle to and from work? Cycle to the gym or even take part in a a spinning class?
Or if you prefer, explore your area on two wheels. Don’t forget that that is also training and can provide inspiration.
When you get further in the training start to combine all three disciplines to prepare yourself for doing all three in one race.
Don’t forget to have fun!
If you are not enjoying it, you will not gain much from training. So if you need a rest day take one, as long as it does not become a habit, resting is good for you, it allows your body to recover and you can get back to the training full force.
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