How to Be Mentally Fit for Triathlon
You can do all swim, run and bike sessions in the world, but if you are not mentally fit and prepared for the triathlon’s race day, there is no guarantee for success. Mental training is essential to achieve success while competing in a triathlon event. A self-belief into what you can do will makes a big difference to your performance.
Your mental preparation starts well before you can make your mark in the water. The wheel will begin to turn on you when you decide to register for the race. Set goals to strive, by following your pace irrespective of your age group or the finish line. Have belief in yourself and work towards your fitness. That said, here are a few other tips that can help you on your mental preparation.
Focus on Challenging Workouts
First, you need to build confidence with challenging exercises. To build confidence, you need to focus on workouts that are equally scary. Plan to execute those workouts that are more demanding that the race. Know the purpose of each exercise. This will help to boost your confidence as you shall understand the specific goal of each workout.
Make the race a research project. Consider mental resources that help you to pay attention and to get you organized in the days and hours before the contest. Avoid unnecessary pre-race routines that do nothing good than frittering your energy. Read everything you need to know and prepare for the race to be in a good state of mind to counter challenges.
Perform Pre-race Simulations
You need to perform pre-race simulations. In the pre-race simulations, you should be able to identify aspects of the race that may be distressing. You can simulate mass swimming and the panic involved with this type of racing. Simulate swimming and breathing in a rhythm, as this will all work well for your mental state.
Focus on Control
Focus on what can be monitored, in the interest of conserving mental energy. Control your thoughts and restrict your thinking to those aspects that can be controlled. You can not control the weather, but you can control aspects such as workouts, sleep, and your recovery.
Prepare for the Race
The act of building confidence through mental toughness won’t be achieved if you have not adequately prepared for the race. You can do all the other preliminary tricks, but you won’t be ready for the race if you have not done adequate running, swimming and running. Be fit and ready for the big day. Adequate preparation goes to a big scale towards building your confidence.