Plus, 10 Keys to Successful Training and Racing
Come with me as I train and compete in the World Sprint Championship in Rotterdam. Along the way, I’ll be giving my keys that go into a successful race.
First, let me give you some context. As I write this, the Championship is less than a month away. And today is my birthday! So, what does a sexagenarian like me do to celebrate his birthday?
I start with cycling session on my indoor trainer, followed by a combination (brick) run. These are key to my competing in the Rotterdam Championship.
With a competitive swimming background and a recreational running history since college, I entered my first triathlon in 1979. I’ll never forget it, as the lower lagoon at Lake Castaic was filled with thick growing grass, and mud, and the age groups were: 29 & under & 30 & up. Gives you an idea how many crazies entered this challenge.
But here I am today getting ready for one of my biggest challenges in sporting competition – the draft-legal World Sprint Championships in Rotterdam, with over 60 men from all over the world, just in my age group, with a total of over 52 countries from around the world competing. So how did this happen when I work full-time and have additional responsibilities as well?
10 Keys to Successful Training and Racing
- Realistically define your goal(s)
- Determine what time block of your day works best for training
- If training before work, get to bed early
- Get more than your normal sleep
- Rise early in the AM
- Commit to training
- Build challenging & competitive training plans
- Eat nutritiously
- Stay healthy & fit
Oh, and get a certified coach to pull this all together!