Worried about how to fit triathlon training into your life without burning out? Read on for our top tips to smart training
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A good coach will help you to develop a realistic, flexible training plan that fits around you, supporting you to fit training into your life, not your life around training.
Coaches do the hard work of planning for you so you can get on and enjoy the process of training without worrying whether you are doing too much or too little to keep you on track for race day success.
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Having a Girls Run the World coach really helped me to balance my triathlon training with work. Being able to log off and have my training sessions pre-planned out made the juggling act much easier.
I need to do so much planning, prep and generally working hard during my professional life that anything that makes training alongside that easier is a huge win.
Rachael helped me to prioritise sessions when I felt overwhelmed and supported me to work through any mental blocks. I don’t feel I could have navigated the mental aspect alone.Becca Burns
Simulate the Race Effect
When you are short on time, and there really is no way to squeeze in all the sessions cut it back but structure it like your triathlon race.
‘Do an evening swim the night before a morning bike ride for example,’ says Girls Run the World head coach, Rachael Woolston. ‘Or cycle in the evening before an early morning run.
‘This helps to simulate the training effect on mind and body like the race, giving you the feeling of training on fatigued legs without the time pressure.’
What about those five hour long bike rides you see everyone training for triathlons doing?
You do need to build endurance on the bike, there is no way around that but try it on a turbo or cycle to family events.
‘Perhaps your partner can drive to wherever you are going and you can cycle there instead,’ explains Rachael. ‘Or on the way back from a social engagement or your in-laws, cycle back instead of driving.’
Choose Your Race Distance Wisely
Before you even enter an event, think about the training volume and be realistic (you can take a peak at volumes of training over on our training plans).
‘Don’t add stress to an already busy lifestyle by throwing in a race goal that will make training just another thing to add to the never ending to-do list,’ says Rachael. ‘Remember, it’s meant to be fun and it won’t be if you’re constantly trying to squeeze it in.’
By all means, pick an event that inspires you, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be an Ironman distance event.
Ask yourself what have you got going on in your life right now? What are the non-negotiable limits on your time and energy? Look at your weekly and monthly commitments and work out, realistically, how much time you can dedicate to training.
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