Top Ten Triathlon Tips
BFunctional client, Rich Mansell, is now just over 18 months into his triathlon journey and following a successful second IRONMAN in Hamburg he wanted to take stock and reflect on his lessons over this time…
- Trust the process – it takes time, follow the plans and advice. Nothing great happens overnight or easily.
- Consistency is vital. This builds a solid foundation and each session adds to previous. Cramming is a recipe for injury!
- You can’t out train a bad diet. Trust me I have tried… it’s not all about weight loss, but good food and hydration sets up strong sessions and recovery.
- Don’t let one bad day make you fall off the process. We all have off days or life gets in the way. But don’t let a bad or missed day become two days and then a week…
- There are big gains to be had on the bike. As my cycling is improving so my times are falling. I can get stronger at all three but big chunks of time can be won or lost on the bike.
- Swim is never as bad as you imagine. It’s the one thing that freaks folk out but take big breathes, find your pace, space if you need it and rhythm. Practice open water is great for confidence building.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. I still find this hard. It’s you versus the clock and the distance. Everyone else is at different stages of their journey. Focus on you, your goals and your results.
- Be realistic, but ambitious. Push your self. All of us are capable of achieving great things but only if we dream big, set goals and take action to reach them.
- Support from family and friends is key (especially if you are going long). This is especially true for long distance triathlon… positive supportive team around you make those dreams possible.
- Believe in yourself – dig deeper and there is more. Get out there, train hard, recover well, stay focussed and positive and you can achieve…but remember to enjoy the journey as much as the destination!!
You are an inspiration Rich. Here’s to the next phase!