The essential training strategy for a triathlon starts with guidance. What! You mean I can’t google that?
Canned training programs – Well maybe…or perhaps maybe not.
Yes, you could search the internet and find a canned program for free; there are plenty out there. I guess the first question is what are your goals. Do you just want to finish or do you want to finish strong? A canned plan will not be tailored to your needs and it certainly isn’t going to be tailored to the exact event you are training for and your fitness level. How do I know? Because I have been there…done that. Don’t get me wrong they do work but they only go so far.
Triathlon Training Clubs
There are also triathlon clubs you could join which I absolutely love. If the training fits your schedule this is by far the easiest way to train plus being around other like-minded folks will motivate you. It is so much easier to just show up and let the coaches tell you what to do. The downside of clubs (or at least the few I have participated in) is that they are not family friendly. Essentially, they do not have childcare and I would have to hire a babysitter 4 times a week to attend the scheduled practices. It just isn’t feasible for me.
Training through a coached plan
What works best for me and my family is to build a training plan tailored to my needs that is focused on getting me ready for the a specific event. This tailored plan will allow me to finish strong.
So I am certain you would like to know how I am going to manage my training with all of my other obligations. Well, my kids love the kids club at 24 hour fitness so that is where I go to get my training in for most evening practices. The hubby takes the morning shift and drops the kids off at school/daycare three times during the week and that is when I get in my morning swim training. I will also do short runs or strength training on my lunch hour. It really just depends on the day and what meetings I have that day if I can fit in a lunch time training.
Training on your own is not for the light-hearted. It requires dedication and self discipline. There isn’t anyone to push you just a little bit further and sometimes that is needed. On those off days where you feel sluggish it becomes a mind game with yourself as well.
My official coached training plan starts Monday November 4, 2013. I am participating in a 2 day swim clinic as well at the end of this week. I will post how I fared my first week and what I gained from the swim clinic in the next couple weeks.
Also if you are not aware i have taken on the challenge of training for Accenture Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside, California which will be held on March 29, 2014. A 70.3 Ironman, also known as a Half Ironman, consist of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run.
In order to secure a slot in this event I must raise $1500 by January 14, 2014. The foundation I have chosen to raise money for is the Challenged Athlete Foundation. CAF gives hope to thousands of individuals with physical disabilities around the world by showing them what is possible. By providing support, mentoring, and grants for adaptive sports equipment, competition and training expenses so physically challenged athletes are able to become whole through sports. Seriously, what’s not to love about their mission and purpose!!!
Please partner with me by making a donation on my secure personal fundraising webpage at: http://TeamORIMCA14.kintera.org/korriehicks35
I will match your donation until we reach my personal goal of $1500!!!
Join me in making dreams come true for challenged athletes. Give the gift of sports and help get challenged athletes off the sidelines – and into the game.
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