Triathlon training is hard work. You have to be disciplined and understand that you will need to go through some difficult workouts to be prepared to complete a triathlon. Your hard work will pay off though when you cross that finish line and experience an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Are you afraid of hard work? If not, then get ready for the ride of your life as you prepare for a triathlon.
Many times, people will watch the Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii and say to themselves that they wish they could do that. So, they get out their workout equipment and start the next week to attempt a Triathlon. Many people are overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to put in and are afraid of some hard work. Triathlon training is grueling because you have to cover three different disciples, you have to adjust your schedule to fit all of the training in, you have to try to understand all of the technical areas of each discipline, and you have to workout extremely hard to see improvement.
First, triathlons consist of three different disciplines, swimming, bicycling, and running. You have to be proficient in each discipline. Most triathletes favor one particular discipline over another. The triathlete may be good at running and then has to work extra hard in the other disciplines. Each discipline is challenging because it taxes your body in different ways. A triathlete has to workout each week in each of these disciplines. This is hard work.
The second area that makes triathlon training hard work is you have to adjust your schedule to fit all of your training in. This scheduling can be difficult because you have to consider each of the disciplines. For example, you might be able to find a place to swim while it is still dark outside around 5:30 in the morning, but you need to run in the light. This makes for two different times on two different days. The second area of scheduling is trying to squeeze all of this training into a small amount of extra time. If you work, have a family, and do not have a lot of extra time this can be very challenging. Make sure to develop a schedule that works best with all of your areas of interest. Finding the time to train can be hard work.
The third area of difficulty in triathlon training goes along with the first in that you need to be able to understand all of the technical areas of each discipline. Each discipline has different forms and involves different muscle groups in your body. You may run one day and be incredibly sore in your legs and then swim getting sore in your arms. You also need to read a lot of information to understand each of the different forms and technical areas in each discipline. Knowing what to do in each discipline is hard work.
The last area that makes triathlon difficult is that you have to workout extremely hard to improve. Because there are three disciplines, you need to build up muscle and endurance capabilities over all these disciplines. The workouts can be grueling and you need to maximize each one of them to improve. This leads to a lot of fatigue in the sport which you need to monitor. Working out in each of the disciplines as hard as you need to is hard work!
Any good thing you do in life takes hard work. Triathlon training is no different. If you will put in the time and commit to the hard work, you will see yourself thrive in triathlons.