New Year’s Resolutions for the Ambitious Triathlete
by PedalSure Ambassador Alice Hector
- Thou shalt not be a slave to it - With three sports to train for, as well as gym sessions, yoga, nutrition and recovery techniques to include, triathlon can be ridiculously all-consuming. For your health and sanity, you must dedicate some free time to the important things in life: family, socialising, chill-time and treats! The best pro’s in the world know how to switch on and switch off. Ensure you do the same.
- Stick to your goals - If you haven’t already made plans for 2018, now’s the time to rack your brain. There’ll be events you have seen over the past year that have stuck like seeds in your head. You’ll have fleeting thoughts about several challenges, but when a seed sticks and grows into a dream that you find yourself visualising about when training, that’s the goal for you! Having clear targets makes the process of training so much easier. A bit of focus is vital to get the best out of yourself.
- Be true to yourself - Do what you want to do, rather than what you feel you should. Outside influences - your tri club mates, your coach, the media, online kudos - can all help direct you to your next goal. But make sure it is your goal: the thing you can imagine completing and being completely satisfied with. If all your friends are doing Ironman it can be easy to follow suit, but if, deep down, you think that all sounds rather ‘unnecessary’, and really want to race Sprint Aquathlon, go and do that!
- Let the bad times roll – It’s a given in sport that there will be bad times as well as good. Injury, illness and life drama will impact upon your plans. Bad times will be far easier to deal with if you don’t give yourself a hard time on top. Some of us get far too emotional about inevitable bumps in the road. Keep perspective and focus on the things you can do.
- Be the best version of yourself. It’s easy to compare yourself with others, especially in a competitive environment when places mean prizes, but that doesn’t mean to say you need to wish you were as good as so-and-so and copy their method. By all means, draw motivation from your rivals, but figure out what works best for you and keeps you in your positive place: you won’t find that being a watered-down imitation of someone else.
- Finally, resolutions and clear targets are there to help you achieve, but it’s important you enjoy the process of preparing for the event. Training shouldn’t make you feel like you are sacrificing or missing out: it should add to your life in a good way. If it starts to feel overwhelming or it completely dominates your spare time, it’s time to reassess the training plan. Be adaptable and listen to your body - if sensible work is done beforehand, the results will take care of themselves.