Dealing With Triathlon Addiction

  • Do not neglect your family – Anyone knows that if “Momma ain’t happy, then no one is happy.” I know that if I ignore my family then I really have nothing left. If at the end of my life I look back and try to evaluate my life and see that triathlon took me away from my family then I will severely regret ever getting into the sport. I have found two things that help me. First, I spend as much time as possible with my family during the offseason. I go overboard to spend the time with the family during the weekends when I would normally be training. I make sure to focus on there needs even more. Second, I make sure that everyone in the house knows my training schedule. If I have a 6 hour bike ride on a Saturday than I make sure to out it on the family calendar and make sure my wife and kids knows it is coming. I do have the advantage of having Fridays off when my wife is working and my kids are at school. I make sure to put some of my longer training items during these times so as not to infringe on family time. I have found that when I come up on Friday afternoon and tell my wife I have a 2 hour run and a 4 hour bike ride the next day and she has not heard about it before then, that it does not go well. The main thing is that if you will be there for your family then they will be there for you when its race day.
  • Budget your expenses – Every year, there are race fees that have to be paid and equipment that needs to be bought. You have to have a budget for these items or you will spend wildly in a sport that is always sending out more and more equipment for you to buy to make your faster. I do a couple of things in my budgeting. First, I lay out my race dates 6 months to a year before the race day. Most races have early bird specials that expire at increments of time away from the race. I try to get in on the earliest rate as possible to save money over registering at the last minute. Second, I prioritize my equipment purchases. I do not have an endless amount of money, so I need to prioritize the items that are going to help me most in triathlon. I look at items that make the most sense and try to avoid all of the gimmicks out there. Third, I discuss my equipment purchases with my wife so that we are on the same page. Lastly, I ask for gift cards, cash, or equipment for my birthday and Christmas so as to get my equipment purchases that way. I always have a budget before the race season begins to stay within so as not to spend too much like a triathlon addict can.
  • Have realistic expectations – Unless you are going to do triathlon professionally for a living, you have to have realistic expectations. If you are a weekend warrior, doing this for a hobby then make sure to keep it in the proper perspective. Yes, be competitive. Yes, train hard. Yes, go for the prize. Yes, qualify for Kona. But don’t miss your kids piano recital to get in a few extra laps in the pool or your kids soccer game because you needed that extra hour on the bike. Be realistic is that $1500 wheel set or $10,000 bike going to make you any more pleased with your triathlon performance. Our addictions can get out of hand and make us choose certain decisions that are disastrous. In the sport of triathlon, your addiction to the sport can lead you to do crazy things. Keep it all in perspective… you aren’t going to be a professional at this sport… you have a day job… you have a family… you have a life.

 

About Brick Training for a Triathlon

Brick training is nothing much, it’s basically a concept wherein you train one sport just after the other – much like what happens in the actual triathlon event. You should either swim after the run or go biking after your swim. The order doesn’t matter as long as you’re training your body to switch over from one sport to the other.

However, as far as possible try to follow the same order as the event you wish to partake in. This would surely give you an upper hand over the other participants.

The many benefits of brick training

When it comes to brick training, there are plenty of benefits. Let’s just take a look at a few of them to give you a rough idea:

Your body is ready

When you practice using brick training your body would be willing to switch over from one event to the next without any break or weak spree. This would surely help you as you don’t waste even a second in the actual race.

Psychologically motivated

If you do happen to practice using the brick training method, your mind would know that your body is capable of completing the task at hand and hence you would also have a psychological advantage.

The transitions would be better

As already mentioned when switching over form one event to another, our bodies are usually slow to react and they wouldn’t be able to get right on it. If you were running, you would start really slow.

However, this kind of training trains your body superbly and hence switching over isn’t a problem at all.

You’d be able to judge better

When you practice using this method often you would be able to determine exactly how much stamina an event needs and therefore you would be able to conserve energy in a particular event to use on another.

Triathlon Sports Nutrition

  1. Complex carbs are not necessarily better than simple carbs. Don’t pay extra for sustained energy or long-lasting energy claims.
  2. You don’t need to use your sports fuel every day. In fact, you probably only need it once a week at the most. Start out with none and see how you feel. Don’t be afraid to bonk in training in the name of learning more about your body. Add sports nutrition in incremental doses until you get to the point where you are eating enough to sustain energy but not so much that you get stomach upset or consume more than you burn.
  3. Consider convenience. If you are training for a long race and will need a supply of nutrition over the course of many months, consider how widely available your preferred nutrition is. Do you have to order it online or can you find it at a gas station?
  4. Start simple and cheap and add more price or complexity if the simple and cheap doesn’t work. Simple and cheap might mean a bag of skittles, a handful of raisins, or a banana. More complex might mean sports gels or bars with caffeine, protein, or amino acids.
  5. Taste. If you like the taste, you will eat it.┬áRemember, sports nutrition cannot perform miracles – and you don’t need it to. Your body is capable of performing an amazing amount of work without these highly processed supplements. Let your body show you what it can do before you look for supplements.