Ignore anyone who tells you to: “Train Harder“.
It’s just bad advice and likely to send you straight to the Doctor’s Office.
Far too many triathletes train incorrectly, leading to a whole slew of problems. To start, you can accidentally injure yourself. Secondly, and most importantly, you’ll likely train more than you need to.
More training doesn’t mean better results. It’s the quality of training that truly matters. The following common training errors are not only harmful, but result in working harder for little-to-no extra boost.
Never Switching It Up – Comfort Zone Training
Don’t be confused. You should never train until you feel pain. Comfort Zone training refers to sticking to the same movements, day-in and day-out. Mindlessly executing the same exercises is not only monotonous, but it doesn’t challenge you for real growth. Sure, you’ll reap some benefits from regular exercise. However, the true endurance and strength gains you seek will never happen. Ultimately, this type of training results in training more and receiving less. Instead, throw a curveball into your training routine. Every training sessions should include a new movement. Do it, and see how you respond. You’ll likely experience greater growth in strength and endurance. The best part? Such training requires less time. Now that’s a training method you should get behind.
Training to Shed Weight
This may seem strange. Should your goal be to lose excess weight before a race? In a way, absolutely. However, if this is your only goal, you’ll likely find yourself burnt out. Training for a triathlon means to focus on becoming stronger and faster. Weight loss is a by-product of such activity. Beating your body to lose weight will likely result in overtraining and fatigue. Instead, focus on meeting your triathlon goals. Allow your weight loss to happen without much extra thought. You’ll find with this mindset, you’ll train smarter. Avoiding the fat loss desire results in a more rewarding and meaningful training experience.
Avoiding Strength Training
Triathletes are often misunderstood. They look like lean, endurance machines. To the untrained eye, it appears they stick to cardiovascular exercise – and that’s it. What you don’t know, the most successful triathletes are incredibly strong. Sure, their body’s are built for endurance instead of large, bulky muscles. Yet, this doesn’t mean they skip strength training days. Without a proper strength training routine, you’ll work much harder for the same results. Afraid of becoming too bulky? Don’t be. Use bodyweight exercises and resistance bands instead of dumbbells. This challenges your muscles without adding unnecessary bulk.
Not Tracking Your Training Data
According to Trismarter, tracking your training process is key to success. Without tracking your training data, how will you know where you’ve improved? Moreover, how will you know where you’ve reduced? The answer is simple – you won’t. Choosing not to track your training is choosing to work unnecessarily hard. The triathlon tech industry is filled with training trackers. These easy-to-use devices provide intimate details into your progress. With this information, you’ll understand where you currently stand. This is a must-have for any triathlete – beginner and advanced.
Lack of Nutrition
Think training is all about exercise? Think again. The truth is success is built in the kitchen. Your nutrition throughout training determines its results. Without proper nutrition, you’re asking to burnout quickly and lose essential gains. The result? Having to workout twice as much to achieve the same result, if even. Not only should you journal your nutrition, but focus on enhancing potential deficiencies. Working with a seasoned trainer can help fill in nutritional holes. By focusing on nutrition as much as physical training, you’re already set up for success.
Non-progressive training is practically worthless. Sure, you’ll achieve some increase in fitness. However, you’ll have to train three times as much to achieve similar results than with progressive training. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) utilizes small bouts of high energy movements. This increases your endurance and economy with energy expenditure. Not only will you achieve your goals faster, but you’ll train less without sacrificing quality.
Train With Your Brain
Wish there was a resource to help guide you through the training process?
Well, now there is.
And the best part?