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  • Writer's pictureDoug Morris

10 Successful Action Steps to Race Faster at your Next Tri

Updated: Dec 17, 2018

Are you uncertain about the best actions to perform to be a faster triathlete?

You're probably are already working on your tri training.

Training is like the ante to the sport. If you want to bluff your way to 1st Place, then you’re in the wrong spot.

Go play poker in Vegas with the odds in favor of the house. If you want to stay in the pot with a strong tri hand to play, then keep reading. Here are 10 action items to adopt to go fast:

  1. Start boldly with your first stroke, spin, and stride. Triathloning is not for the timid. Take leaps and bounds towards a successful endeavor. Gain confidence, experience, and expertise as you train and race.

  2. Fit in with your tri culture, then lead changes as your experiences and capabilities allow. Becoming one with the culture indicates your commitment to the sport. Choose items that boost your speed across disciplines including new training workouts and innovative equipment.

  3. Define your journey with detailed milestones, then celebrate as you reach each one. Big undertakings defined in segments, encourages measured progress along the way. Also provides feedback about staying on target or at worse, getting lost. Celebrations emphasizes everyone’s accomplishments are worth everyone’s effort along the journey, instead of only at the end. Milestones can be specific races, distances, times, dates, or other objective measureable items with actual results measured to pre-determined targets. Celebrations should be meaningful and motivational to continue along your journey.

  4. Assign blocks of your time to significant workouts, then show up on time and end the workout on time. Easier to commit to action when time is already on your calendar instead of a pending item on someone’s “To Do” List. Set up specific times on your calendar. Be consistent in your commitment to perform what is needed to reach your objectives and reach journey’s end.

  5. Learn the nuances of the sport, then use your new knowledge to improve your race performance. At big races you may find no opportunity for a swim warm-up. Instead, run to break a sweat and power up the lungs before getting in your wetsuit and in the starting queue. Also, race without socks for quicker transitions in sprint and standard distance races.