Top Triathlon Mistakes Beginners Need to Avoid
There is nothing bad with being a beginner in Triathlon – everyone started somewhere. One of the good things about being a beginner in any sport is that you will improve. Triathlon is an enormous learning curve. All the mistakes done in triathlon serve as a learning platform and motivation to improve. You can learn from mistakes, but they don’t have to be your own.
To perform optimally in triathlon, you need to avoid last minute changes that have not been on your normal schedule. Know all the rules of this game and stick to them. Practice the transitions well and keep calm to have a fun day ahead.
As you approach the race day, you should be progressing well and focusing on your fitness. Unfortunately, during this period, most of the triathletes make many mistakes out of ignorance and panic. We have identified some of the most common mistakes beginners make in this sport, to assist you to become a better sportsman. These are the top mistakes you should strive to avoid.
1. Panic Training
Even when you have prepared for every session of the sport, it is possible to have some looming questions on your fitness and preparation. Beginners or those less experienced in this game react by adding some extra training sessions and skipping the lighter sessions. They also try to validate their exercises and go harder on their training. Doing so is a time bomb – you are building your own grave on a racing day. Avoid panic training and trust your guts to stick with your regular training schedule.
2. Last Minute Weight Loss
Probably hat motivates triathletes to lose weight is the perception that ‘lighter is faster.’ We often see a lot of weight shedding as we approach the sport’s day. However, losing weight dramatically is dangerous. The sudden loss of weight culminates to loss of strength, power, and energy which are all vital to win your race. It is quite unhealthy and unproductive to lose weight within such a short period.
3. Over-resting During the Race Week
Rest is important, to keep fresh and rejuvenated. However, it is a big mistake to skip most workouts before race day in an attempt to keep fresh for the race day. If you skip vital training, you are likely to lose some fitness and feel sluggish when it comes to racing. The goal of performing controlled racing on the final week is to fine tune your body for optimal performance. Consistent training maintains your fitness, and you need not skip.
4. Forgetting the Fun
The most important thing about triathlon is the fun. Training and racing are quite fun. You need to enjoy the preparation process and embrace the race without pressure. We face a lot of internal pressure until it gets to a point where we are competing with ourselves. If you want to perform well, forget to worry too much about the outcome of the race and focus on your fitness and the fun. You’re more likely to obtain the optimal results of the day if you remain result oriented, and driven by the fun.