The Holiday season is over. No more parties at the Crown Lounge or Lilly's on the Lake. The Ugly Run Sweater is packed away along with the inflatable Olaf from the Grogan's back yard. College football Bowl Season is passed. Its time to move on!
Below, are five methods, that when applied to our triathlon training, will help install consistent motivation as part of our personality and not as something that we have to acquire:
1. Start off steady
It may sound self-explanatory, but when motivation is high and our bodies are full of energy, it is very easy to push too much too quick. The effect is that we will not be able to keep up the momentum and inevitably, lose focus. Winning the mid-January Clermont parkrun is nice but there are bigger goals ahead!
2. Think S&C
Putting a “strength and conditioning” plan in place is essential as it will complement all three disciplines. The focus should be on posture, core, trunk stability, glutes, hips, hip flexors and our biomechanics. Clermont Triathletes Tim Crowley & Karl Riecken post some great stuff on this; search them out!
3. Structure training in cycles
By cycling our training we start to create a purpose and a direction. If we keep training religiously week after week, with no direction or clear vision we run the risk of losing motivation and creating boredom. Get with one of the many local Clermont tri coaches if you need some guidance on this.
4. Add some variation
This may sound straight forward, but we are all creatures of habit and feel happy sticking to what we know. By varying our training with different training focuses & different sports, we accelerate the training effect and increase our fitness levels much quicker. Elite age-grouper Dave Burger is a great example of this; he mixes in rollerblading, palates/step classes, & canoeing all in his weekly training regimen.
5. Relax your mind
Has anyone been for a run and not thought about anything apart from our breath and how our legs and arms are moving in sync? Or after a training session to come home, sit down and regardless how the session went, completely switch off from it and let it go? These are very hard traits to master, but if you “quiet your mind” it will allow our bodies to work in harmony & once they are in sync, this is when the big performances will happen.
By applying these 5 steps to your training for 2016 you will be in a strong position to achieve your goals.
Taking a step back and looking at your training instead of going head first into it will help uncover a deeper enjoyment for what you do instead of a quick fix. Longevity and consistency is key!