This is it! You’ve committed to participating in the TriZou Triathlon and Duathlon. Congratulations on starting this journey. Training is critical to your success in the race. Whether it’s your first or 100th race, proper training is important to avoid injury and safely enjoy the event. In this blog, we will post simple tips and advice to help guide you through your pre-race and post-race program.
- Gradually increase your training.
When you are excited and motivated to start training for an event, it is common to overtrain or exert yourself to the level of an injury. It is important to start slow and gradually increase your mileage, swim time or weight training. Do not try to complete one part of the triathlon on your first workout. Your body needs time to adjust to the stress of training.
- Use proper-fitting equipment.
It is worth investing in proper training shoes, swim wear and cycling equipment. Training with old shoes or loose-fitting clothes can predispose you to injuries and limit your progress. It is also important to train with the equipment you are going to use in the race.
- Listen to your body.
To compete at a high level, you have to be in sync with your body. Some soreness is normal when increasing your training program. It is important, however, to understand that as the soreness and aches increase, you need to decrease your training and take rest days. Rest days are one of the most important parts of training and preparing for a high-level race.
Enjoy the training journey — in some ways, this is as important as the race!
Writer of the blog:
Nathan Wm. Skelley, MD
Assistant Professor, MU Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine Specialist, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute