The goal has been set: Finish your first Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon or, even better, set a personal best time for the 113km challenge after having raced before. But there are various outside influences that will affect your path to glory if you don’t have a clear idea of how you will get to the start line and, ultimately, cross the finish to say "I am an Ironman".
Preparation and attitude are the keys to success. Here are 10 tips below:
Implement a strict training regime
Consistency is critical: Shorter, faster and frequent sessions deliver better results than longer, intermittent ones.
Include your family
If your family forms part of your team, you all will be much happier and that opens up an opportunity for better preparation.
Find the balance
A training plan within your limits is paramount to success; train within your means and introduce rest days and family time.
Start small, finish big
If it’s your first event, keep the budget small and your gear simple - commitment is enough to get you across the finish line. Once you have tasted success, aim for that personal best by going bigger.
Be open to advice from fellow competitors, as together you can push the performance bar a little higher each time you race.
Mix it up
A daily consistent training routine is good, but sometimes you need a change of scenery to stay motivated. Try different training routes and terrain for some adventure.
Keep it fun
If your training routine is enjoyable, you’ll maintain the motivation necessary to continue the pre-race training phase. It’s easier to stay focused if you have company in some of your sessions, so find a training partner or a group.
Race for charity
Why not offer to raise money for the various charity organisations that are involved with each 70.3 event? This way, you get to help others at the same time you test your personal limits.
Alternate between events
Avoid racing the same event every year. Alternating between the various Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 triathlons should ensure a renewed sense of motivation and excitement.
Anyone lucky enough to participate in an IRONMAN 70.3 event is blessed. Be thankful for your health and consider yourself lucky to be able to swim, bike and run.
Competing in any triathlon is impossible without consistent training, but it should be fun to keep you motivated. To all those preparing for the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 in Durban, we wish you strength in your training.
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