It seems a little weird for me to be writing about jumpstarting your fitness for the triathlon season when I am 8 weeks out from my main A Race of the season, but I know that most people are just starting to get back to training after the winter. If your main race is in late summer, not is the perfect time to jumpstart your fitness for the season ahead. So here are 3 ways to do just that.
1. Training Camp
I decided to start here because this is really what most people think of when they are thinking about jumpstarting their fitness. Sure… a week long vacation in a tropical paradise with nothing to do but swim, bike, run, eat, and sleep would be awesome, but for most of us, that’s not realistic. But a long weekend? That’s doable! Check out some of the training camps many pros of coaches have and you’ll find a great way to get on top of your fitness and learn from more experience athletes. (Sadly I had to miss my team’s camp this past weekend… Shout out to Team Trisports!)
Another option here is to make your own training camp. You can get away to a lake or beach house and got some solid training in, or simple take Friday off of work and give yourself a long weekend “staycation” to log those miles.
When you start thinking about getting back to training, it is not a bad idea to schedule a visit to your doctor to make sure everything is in order. A doctor who specializes in sports medicine, and even endurance sports in particular would be Awesome, but most of us do not have the luxury of having one of those close by. If that’s the case, your normal family do it is just fine. He/she will be able to do all the normal checks to make sure you are ready for the training that is ahead.
3. Weight loss
Here we go… that decreased concept… weight loss. More than likely you out on a few pounds this winter. That’s ok. Actually… that’s good for you. But when it comes to triathlon and weight, shedding a few pounds will almost definitely make you go faster. You will be a little more hydro and aerodynamic for the swim and bike, but more importantly it will be less weight pounding your joints on the run. That is for any type of race, but throw in some hills and the improvements are exponentially more helpful!
So there you go, 3 easy ways to jumpstart your fitness this season. Pick one, or all three to work on early this season, and your race splits will thank you!
What will you be working on? Let me know in the comments below or hit me up on twitter! I’m always up for a good conversation!