Beyond the training plan by Luis
Posted 10:56 AM, September 06 2015

1. Stay motivated. Motivation can be a result of external things such as finishing your first triathlon or getting a podium award or perhaps earning a Kona slot along with the admiration of your peers. We refer to this as extrinsic motivation. However in a sport like triathlon the motivation to train day in and day out and outlast all the challenges also requires a certain amount of internal or intrinsic motivation. This is the kind of motivation that comes from within and happens from the pure enjoyment of the sport without regard of the outcome. If you begin to lose motivation start thinking about the reasons you started in the sport to begin with and see if you can get back to a good mindset of training again.

2. Face your fears. Most fears can be overcome, it may not be easy and facing them may put you in an uncomfortable situation. However, it has been my experience that many fears also prevent us from becoming better at triathlon and often times prevent us from achieving our goals. The two most common fears are open water swimming and group training with more advanced athletes where we may be seen as less than adequate. There are other ones I am sure but do not be afraid to face your own fears. Overcoming these may be your ticket to success.

3. Full disclosure. If you have a coach let your coach help you.In order for your coach to help you it is important to have full disclosure. Coaches are not clairvoyants and are not magicians. But athletes often fail to inform the coach of very important facts that affect training or racing performance. Things like taking medications, illnesses, injuries, missing training or not performing training or racing plans as instructed. All these things should be conveyed to the coach in order to properly access how to go forward.

4. Set goals. Goal setting is very important as it can provide that intrinsic motivation I mentioned above. However, be flexible and set different goal levels. Have your pie in the sky goal but also have that much lower goal which if achieved you can still be satisfied with.

5. Stay on task. Once you have your goals and you have your training plan or race plan it will be important that you set out to execute it and concentrate on the task at hand instead of the outcome. Try to ignore outcome which is often times uncontrollable. This s the number one cause of pre-race jitters and stress. Trust your preparation and execute.

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