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Coffee & Coaching Episode 20: The 3 Biggest Misconceptions About Training for a Triathlon

Episode 20

Title: The 3 Biggest Misconceptions About Training for a Triathlon

Episode Length: 12 min (Can watch the episode or read the blog below)

About the Episode: 

In this episode we are going to share 3 of the biggest misconceptions about training for a triathlon. These are things we’ve seen in the women we have coached in person in our Melbourne squad and via our online programs as well. You would be surprised how many of you share the same fears and concerns when you’re getting involved in the sport for the first time! 

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Or if you don't have time to watch the replay, you can read our summary of what's covered below! 

Misconception #1 - You need to train an insane amount of hours each week to complete a triathlon

  • You see some beginners come into the sport with heaps of enthusiasm and motivation and start training crazy numbers - like over 20hours a week. Which, is VERY unnecessary.
  • When you’re training that much straight off the bat you probably aren’t prioritising your recovery or giving yourself enough time to refuel properly before, during and after training. So you become extremely fatigued, probably quite grumpy, your productivity in things outside of triathlon is reduced and if you continue you’re likely to start seeing injuries develop
  • I’ve got two sayings that sum up the message here pretty well: "Train smarter not harder" AND "quality over quantity."
  • You can train for a triathlon in 5 hours a week. As long as you’re consistent you will see results and you will be able to cross the finish line on race day.

Misconception #2 - you are too old to do a triathlon

  • One of my favourite things about the sport of triathlon is that there’s no age limit. 

  • In any triathlon, participants are broken down into age groups according to their age : 20 - 24, 25-29 and so on
  • This ensures that you are competing against others within your age range and means you can be standing on the top of the podium as a 60 year old. 

  • We have had women of all ages complete our beginner course - I started off as a 20 year old uni student and trained alongside a 55 year old who had a hip replacement
  • Age is just a number! And absolutely not indicative of what you can achieve. 

  • If you’re still not convinced, google the Iron Nun - 88 years old, 45 full ironmans completed and counting. She’s incredible! 

Misconception #3 - You need to be extremely fit to even start training for a triathlon

  • This is without a doubt the number one reason women are hesitant to start training for a triathlon.
  • Out of all the women that have moved through our beginner course (over 500 women), at some point every single one of them has doubted if they were fit enough to complete the challenge. 

  • The important thing to remember is that no one expects you to to be fit when you START training for a triathlon…. Your fitness will improve as you complete the training sessions in the lead up to your event.
  • Our Beginner triathlon course has been set out so that every session is suitable for all fitness levels.
  • Here is one of our favourite quotes on this topic: “If you’re thinking about doing a triathlon but something in you says “i can’t do that” just add the word YET to the end. I can’t do triathlons, YET. I don’t have the fitness YET. Because if you do the training you can and you will”

If any of the misconceptions we've touched on here were holding you back from giving triathlon a go then I hope we've been able to convince you otherwise and encourage you to get involved! 

For more info on our Beginner Triathlon Course click here

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