Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION -

Triathlon is unique in that there are three sports you need to work on. One of the best ways to work on a weak­ness is to start com­pet­ing in that sport specif­i­cally. If you are a weak swim­mer, join a masters group and take part in some masters swim com­pe­ti­tions. If you are a weak run­ner, sign up for some races in the fall or early spring. Few things will mo­ti­vate you to im­prove as much as the pres­sure of a race, and you are un­likely to push your­self as hard as you will when you are on a start line. Rac­ing will bring out the best in you and nudge your body up to a new level. You will also learn from ath­letes who spe­cial­ize in those sports. Be­ing im­mersed in their cul­ture for a bit will make you a bet­ter triath­lete.

Ad­dress­ing your weak­nesses is im­por­tant, but equally so is learn­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on your strengths. Suc­cess in triathlon is of­ten as much about max­i­miz­ing your strengths as it is about lim­it­ing the dam­age on your weaker legs. It’s im­por­tant to main­tain a strong level of fit­ness and com­pe­tency in the sports you ex­cel in. When the sea­son edges closer you can fine-tune your skills and fit­ness with your strengths so you are ready to com­pete.


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