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The start of the New Year is also the start of training for most people. But unfortunately, some people have already started stressing about the upcoming race schedule and the training that will be involved. I think that some people have this feeling that while training for a race they will not have a ‘life’. Going out will stop, your family and friends will become strangers and you will live, breathe and die triathlons; nothing can be farther from the truth. Yes, some people do and will live, breathe and die for racing, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Training for a Race will require some changes in your daily routine but it doesn’t mean you have to completely change your lifestyle. You can still go out with friends and spend time with family; it’s just that you may not be able to spend as much time with them. Some chores may fail to be completed, a few errands may fall by the wayside and time with friends will be relegated to more suitable times where you can be home on heavy training nights by 10:00 p.m. Finding that balance with your life and training is just as important, if not more as the long bike rides and long runs. I’ve been around people who have not learned how to do this and they didn’t have as good as time as those who did. A Triathlon is more than just a race, it’s an experience, and to fully enjoy that experience it's better to have your family and friends with you. Because when you cross that finish line it’s nice to have someone there to share in your celebration. This is supposed to be fun after all.
For the first timers doing an Ironman the training can seem a little overwhelming and you may be wondering how you will ever be able to do all the workouts. This is common for people who have never done an Ironman before and are worried that the training involved will be too much for them. And when you look at all the workouts for the next 6 months, it can be overwhelming. But listen to your coaches and take the workouts week by week. If you can avoid it, try not to look 6, 10, 20 weeks ahead and wonder how you will swim, bike and run all that is required for that week. Trust in your coaches and the program, which has a 100% first time success rate for the past two years, to get you through all the workouts and by the time you get to week 13, your first 100 mile ride, it won’t seem like such a big deal and you will be able to do the distance without a problem.