Conquering Your First Triathlon

Swimming

If the distance is 500 meters to 2.4 miles, consider training for one to two times every week in order to maintain your current fitness level, and two to five times every week for improvement. Some of the biggest challenges you may encounter will include transitioning from training in a pool to swimming in open water, paddling against waves, and swimming one continuous distance.

You have to locate a good position on the starting line. You have to expect to be hit as well as climbed over during the swim since this is a normal part of the race. Experts say that you have to ensure that you take your time in putting on your wetsuit. Also, you must pull the excess rubber up in order to loosen the material around your shoulders as this will provide you with a much bigger range of motion.

Biking

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Making Time for Triathlon Training

Schedule your workouts like an appointment

For many business professionals, the idea of training for a triathlon seems almost impossible when they look at their already busy schedule. The only way that I can get any of my scheduled workouts completed is to set aside the time like I do for an appointment. This practice enables me to prioritize the workout, but also move it if something else takes priority.

Make a schedule. I try to look at the week of training ahead starting on Sunday. I want to know what sort of workouts my workout plan has scheduled for the week. I then compare that to my weekly demands in my professional and family life to make sure that I can get all of the workouts completed. Sometimes I may have to place a workout a day before or a day after when it is scheduled and place another … Read the rest

Staying Well During Triathlon Training

  • I got plenty of sleep – One of the main areas that can lead to illness is when the body is overly fatigued and when you don’t get enough sleep. This is a challenge for me with my profession, my second job, two kids, a wife, and many other activities, but I tried to force myself to get plenty of sleep. The average person needs around 8 hours of sleep. I found this a hard number to get to on a nightly basis because many times I was waking up at 4 am to ride my bicycle in the basement on my indoor trainer. To get the requisite amount of sleep I had to force myself to revision the time I went to bed. In years past, I could stay up to 10:30 or 11:00 at night with no problem to get up the next morning. With my increased training
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Build Triathloning Success

  • Train to a specific set of personalized triathlon workouts for your best ROI of time to performance results. Continuing to do the same activities will yield the same results. Make your changes starting now.
  • Spend 80% of your effort to eliminate time sucks that impede progress towards your goals. These may include writing workouts, waiting on others to show up for training, analyzing meaningless metrics, eliminating worries that add no value and impair confidence, and other time wasting actions.
  • Pre-exempt troubles, eliminate potential problem areas ahead of time: lack of endurance, untested nutrition choices, incomplete check-off lists, procrastinating on race entries, indecisiveness lodging arrangements, etc.
  • Embrace downtime from work, sport, and social. Your body and mind rebounds stronger after dedicated rest, recovery, and rejuvenation. Breathe deep, exhale, and relax a bit too.
  • Focus on doing new to progress toward your goals. You’re not fixing problems. Fixing is for pets. New
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Triathlete With 7 Habits

Be Proactive

Do before being directed. Assume nothing but responsibility. Make choices instead of wishes. Learn to be a triathlete.

Begin with the End in Mind

Destination unknown is not an actual finishing line location. Commit to your end point, milestones along the journey, and skillsets needed to complete the journey. Maybe think geographical: local races, regional championships, Nationals, or maybe the end state of international racing. Maybe you think in terms of speed. Decide to go fast with a sprint distance triathlon or fastest as part of a relay leg. If you think in distances: set goals of sprint, Olympic, half, then full. Or maybe you think in terms of things like a pool, lake, then ocean or even flats, rolling/undulating landscapes or bad ass big climbs. No matter how you think, determine your end in mind. Put in writing your personalized triathlon mission in how to start including … Read the rest

Swim Freestyle Fast

If you are going to compete against the world’s best, then being tall is a great advantage. The reason for this is because the taller you are the longer you can pull under water with each stroke. Being able to pull further with each stroke means that you can take fewer strokes per lap than somebody who is shorter. This is a great advantage for you as the shorter person would have to either outlast you or move their arms quicker and they are 2 things you could improve also. Unfortunately for them, they can’t improve their height.

Height is not the only factor so don’t despair if you are vertically challenged. Your stroke rate is an important element in increasing speed. Your stroke rate is calculated by how many strokes you take per second. The faster you can stroke the faster you can potentially go. The word ‘potentially’ is … Read the rest

Finding Swimwear For Body Type

If your hips and breasts have close or nearly equal measurements and your waist is small and defined, you have the hourglass body type, which is the same as Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba. Basically you can wear anything, from a bikini to a monokini, since your body is proportionate. If you are a bit voluptuous and are conscious about your upper body, you could get halter bikinis that are banded around the midriff, so you get the right amount of coverage and support. If you are wearing a one-piece suit, see to it that the straps are thick and the bust area has foam cups or under wirings. If you are a skinny hourglass babe, go for string bikinis with triangle tops or bandeaus. Avoid color blocking though in your ensemble, as this may contradict the proportionality of your body.

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Swim A Breaststroke Race To Victory

Swimming fast is as much about reducing resistance as it is about producing force. As soon as the body moves out of a streamlined position, the water slows the body down. The breaststroke action moves a long way from a streamlined position and as a result is the slowest stroke. As soon as the swimmer lifts their head to breathe, the legs are pushed downwards and the water hits them like a brick wall.

To overcome this problem the swimmer must do what they can to return to a streamlined position after each stroke. This is the key to swimming fast breaststroke. Training should be centred around both generating power and reducing resistance. One of the most common mistakes made by a swimmer when trying to race quickly in this stroke is to stroke too fast.

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Medley Workouts

The Strokes

The butterfly can be a challenge for both beginners and advanced swimmers alike. With practice, the butterfly still might not be your favorite sport, but it can be manageable and a great way to start your IM training. If the stroke’s motions get water into your nose, pair your training with the Finis Nose Clip that features an anatomic design to help keep water out.

The backstroke is often a welcomed recovery stroke, especially after the rigorous butterfly. Really stretch your arms up and out and feel your chest and lat muscles work while swimming this stroke. Focus on getting a good push-off and start from the butterfly into the backstroke to make the most of its time during the IM.

The breast strokes rhythmic timing can also make it a more difficult stroke to master. If your kick is weaker here, try pairing your IM training with … Read the rest

Hand Paddles Explained

Water Gear AquaFlex Paddles have adjustable fan blades on each side which allow the user to vary resistance level in the water. Their innovative design functions to increase resistance in the water for an upper body workout; however, they can also be used for therapeutic purposes. Try swimming freestyle while holding them, or even submerging to your shoulders and clapping with them for a chest workout. These are paddles you can certainly get creative with!

The Finis Freestyler paddles are the only paddles designed specifically for improving your freestyle stroke. The blade on the underside facilitates improvement of freestyle technique. These paddles glide across the water like miniature surfboards. Getting your elbows up high is important for freestyle swimming, and these paddles were designed to assist with that aspect as well as with maximum elbow extension. The Finis Freestyler paddles also facilitate proper hand position and entry into the water. … Read the rest