I always move forward into the new year with tons of ambition, excitement and confidence that I’m going to crush my goals and stay motivated all year long. However, come February, my ambition and motivation have dwindled and my goals seem a harder than they did when I made them on January 1st.
Can you relate?
If so, then don’t worry… you’re not alone! If your big goal for 2014 is to do your first triathlon, then you’re in luck because we’re giving you a sample of our 101 Beginner Triathlon Training Tips e-Book!
Here are 7 tips to help you get started and stay motivated as you train for your triathlon so that you can
1 – Getting Started
1. Why are you doing a triathlon?
Having a meaningful reason for doing a triathlon will keep you more motivated all along the way. Think about your “why”, write it down and remind yourself of it often. Read more about this here.
2. You can train for a sprint triathlon in as little as 3-4 hours a week.
Focus on quality over quantity. You CAN train for a triathlon and still have a life! Check out our Beginner Triathlon Training Plan to help you get started on the right foot.
3. Register for your triathlon early.
Not only will you save money with early registration, but by signing up early, you are making your dream a reality. Committing can be the hardest part, and once you’re invested, training comes easier.
4. Choose a race close to home.
That way you can train on the course, you won’t have to travel far on race day and your friends and family can come cheer you on.
5. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on new gear.
For the swim, you’ll need a pair of goggles, which you can find for under $15 at Target or any sporting goods store; you can borrow a bike or buy a used one on Craigslist; and you can use whatever sneakers you already have. Check out our gear guides here: Swim, Bike, Run.
6. Spandex is optional.
It’s more important to be comfortable and if spandex makes you feel self-conscious, then ditch the tights. Just stay away from cotton, because it can chafe and doesn’t dry quickly. If you’re still wet from the swim, biking and running with wet clothes is miserable.
7. Find a pool.
If your gym doesn’t have a pool, check out local high schools, colleges, apartment complexes and even hotels to see if they allow the public use of their pools.
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