You’ve found where you’re going to train for your triathlon, and decided on when you are going to train so…
now you just need to know how to train for a triathlon!
A common misconception is that training improvements are made when you train hard and fast.
For example, running further or swimming faster over a given distance will make you stronger and faster at that specific time.
This however, is in fact not the case.
Improvements in performance were made some time previously, following an earlier training session.
During your current training time, it is the measurable results from an earlier session that are registered in the form of quicker times or further distances.
This is the way the body responds to training.
When exercising, the body is challenged.
Following a training session, when the body is at rest, it adapts, gets stronger and improvements can be measured during subsequent sessions.
Hence the most important component of any training program is rest, so the body is able to adapt to training.
Inadequate rest can result in
- Excessive fatigue,
- Loss of motivation, and
For more on training principles, read Joel Friels “Triathlete’s Training Bible“.
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