Over the course of the past six to eight months, I have been struggling with overuse injuries from strength training. I knew I needed to take a step back from the weights to let my body heal and rest. But I also knew I had to find another form of exercise to help keep me sane. So in came triathlon.
I participated in triathlon races eight years ago. I never considered myself a triathlete, nor did I ever come close to placing in a race. The training at the time was fun and never caused my body to ache or develop overtraining issues. So I figured why not give it a go again?
I signed up for a local race which was only seven weeks away. Normally, you would want to give yourself a little more training time then seven weeks, but if that is all you have, then you work with it.
With each workout, I trained with dedication and focus. I knew I could finish the race, but
doing well was a different story. I wanted to do well. I watched my nutrition and focused on eating for performance. I didn’t miss a training session. I dedicated myself to the end goal.
Race day came and my anxiety was no where near where I thought it would be. I was calm and prepared for what was ahead. The distances were short, a sprint triathlon consisting of a 300 meter swim, 11 mile bike and 3.1 run. Perfect distance for someone new to the sport or who has stepped away for awhile.
I ended the race in a good place. 3rd place in my age group. Not too bad for someone who has not raced in eight years and only had seven weeks to train. You just never know until you try.
I bet you too would achieve success just like I did with this training. I am more than happy to share my triathlon plan. You can view it here: Triathlon Training Plan. If you use it, let me know how it works out for you or how you adapt it for your own needs.
Now I want to come back in 2018, leaner and more fit to improve my time and performance.