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Training for Ironman for beginners by Gaurav Makkar

All those who aim to begin with Ironman training and be a successful triathlete, this article will give you the tips which are absolutely compulsory to follow if you are serious about your goals.

An individual preparing for a triathlon needs to assess his skills for three sports: Running, Cycling and Swimming. After successfully finishing four Ironman events, along with a certification as an Ironman coach from IronMan University, I am sharing the knowledge gained for aspiring IronMan participants.

1. Commit to Your Goals

Being a part of a triathlon is all about commitment. You have to set a goal and be determined to achieve it. Finding the perfect balance and taking care of your nutrition, body conditioning, job and family all together are all part of the challenge.

2. Manage Your Energy

Energy management is more important than time management, ensure sufficient nutrition to sustain for a longer period of time. Getting the proper diet to convert fat to fuel is extremely important. An endurance sport as such is 80% mental and 20% physical, so don’t forget to train your brain and manage your energy.

3. Use Your Imagination

Scale your brain functions and run your imagination which will help you become a stronger and better athlete. Also it is imperative to rest as it is equally essential.

4. Prepare For a Triathlon

Brick workouts are the key workouts for anyone commencing on such a mission of competing. Most of the athletes are good at swimming, cycling or running separately but doing it together holds the key to excel as a Triathlete. Brick workouts prepare your muscles to realize how it feels to run after bike or bike after a swim and so on.

5. Retreat

Keep a track of your recovery and never push yourself beyond a limit if you don’t feel like, as injury is the last thing a Triathlete would like to face during training.

6. Eat Clean

Cut off the junk miles and make your workouts more effective and valuable.

7. Find a Mentor:

Practice and train. So it’s always advisable to shell out some money to hire a good coach. You just have to focus on completing the workout and everything else will be taken care of by the coach.

8. Connect/Network

Sharing your progress and learning from like-minded people helps you stay motivated and also allows you to learn more about the sport. Subscribe to online platforms for articles, news and tips.

9. Be Organized

Ensure that you learn about efficient transitions and practice them well in your training sessions. Plan your race and travel in advance and choose the right course that is best suitable for your requirements.

10. Create a Spot

If you are not too strong in cycle leg, choose a flat bike course. If you are new swimmer, try to find a calm swim course.

Conclusion

I wish all the beginners all the very best and I also would like to let them know that it is important to keep them organized and avoid undue stress. Training and focus go hand in hand, you must enjoy this journey to the fullest to achieve maximum.

About The Author

Gaurav Makkar

Gaurav Makkar is a Triathlete. He started being a runner but his passions for sports took him to the Ironman title. He participated in the numerous sports events across the glob.... Read More..

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