This blog post is a perfect summary of triathlon training for beginners.
Let’s rewind to the starting point—I’m at a fitness level that, truth be told, is more accustomed to being the hockey/soccer mom watching from the sidelines rather than being in the thick of the action. But here’s the beauty of this journey: it’s not about where you start; it’s about the commitment to progress. I’m facing real challenges—body aches, doubts, and the occasional debate with my stamina—but each challenge will be a stepping stone toward growth.
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Picking the Goal Race
Before embarking on a training plan, the crucial step was selecting the perfect goal race. After thorough research and insightful discussions with fellow women gearing up for this challenge, we’ve zeroed in on the Subaru Try-A-Try in Grimbsy on July 21, 2024.
Several factors influenced this decision, including the available distances, geographic location, and the time of year. Opting for this early Try-A-Tri not only aligns with our collective readiness but also allows me to assess my fitness for a potentially more demanding challenge—the Women’s Triathlon Festival in August, featuring a Sprint distance.
Having participated in the Women’s Triathlon Festival (formerly known as Iron Girl) twice before, both instances stand as a testament to the impeccably organized event, consistently held in the same picturesque location.
One remarkable feature of these races is the swim leg along Grimsby’s beach shores—a perfect setting for beginners like me, who are still building confidence in the water. This choice not only adds a layer of familiarity but also plays to the strengths of those, including myself, who are navigating the waters of triathlon with a beginner’s spirit.
Goals for my GreenTri Life 2024
As I approach my first triathlon in nearly 5 years, and with the wisdom of added years, I’m embracing the reality of being well into my middle-aged life. Instead of aiming to surpass personal bests, my primary goal for the GreenTri Life 2024 is straightforward: to complete the race and give it my all. Whether I’m swift or steady on any leg of the race, the focus is on embracing the journey rather than chasing records. It’s a celebration of personal achievement and the joy of participating in this transformative experience ultimately culminating in a heartfelt celebration of the remarkable body I have.
Triathlon Training For Beginners Plan
Enter the training arena, where swimming, biking, and running become the heartbeat of my weeks to come. I’m crafting a training routine that respects the wisdom and age of my body, acknowledging that peri-menopause brings its own set of considerations. Swimming laps in a local indoor pool, cycling through the beautiful Niagara Region, and hitting the pavement will become my daily rituals. I’ll be sharing the highs and lows, the victories and the lessons learned, as I adapt my training to the unique needs of my body at this stage and work it around the demands of work and hockey/soccer mom life.
The following table is an outline of how I’m anticipating tackling my training for my try-a-tri. I’ll be using the following plan:
|Running 3 times a week, increasing from 3 km to 5 km/run by the end of the month
|Introduce swimming once a week & continue with running 3 times a week
|Continue with swimming 1 x week & running 3 times a week
|Starting the 12-week triathlon training plan at the end of the last week of April
|Swim/Bike/Run each 2 x per week
|Swim/Bike/Run each 2 x per week + Introduce Brick Workouts
|Goal Race – Subaru Try-A-Try July 21, 2024
Triathlon Training For Beginners Must Also Consider Nutritional Changes
As the saying goes, you can’t outrun a bad diet. I’m dedicated to the process and will embrace nutritional changes to fuel not just the physical demands of training but also support my overall well-being. From drinking more water to nutrient-focused meals, the kitchen will become a part of this journey, ensuring that my body has the energy and sustenance it needs to conquer each leg of the triathlon.
Now, it’s your turn, dear readers. Have you ever felt the tug of a challenge, calling you to step outside your comfort zone? I want to hear your stories—the victories, the stumbling blocks, and the unexpected triumphs. Whether you’re contemplating a triathlon, a new hobby, or a shift in mindset, let’s build a community of support and encouragement. Share your thoughts, your fears, and your moments of empowerment, or your triathlon training for beginners. We’re in this together.
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