Training

Training is a key part of achieving in any sport, when you are doing 3 disciplines it can seem hard to fit everything in.  

I like structure so training plans are good, but don't beat yourself up if you miss a session occasionally, we all have days when we feel rubbish, or we don't quite achieve what we set out to. We can beat ourselves up saying, "I should have done this, I should have done that......imo you can't live your life on "shudders".  The next session will probably be totally different so look at the positives and not the negatives. 

For Sprint Triathlon British Triathlon are the best place to start, good structure and good advice.

Park runs are great, park-run tourism even better, you get to go on some really varied runs, with like minded people. The only person you are looking to beat is yourself! depending how competitive you are, this can sometimes be hard to remember.

Cycling usually involving cake 🍩and coffee 🍵are always good, if you are new to cycling, the dazzling array of terminology and bikes can be intimidating. British cycling organise some great events. Breeze rides are ladies only and can really build confidence.

I cycle with a group of people, now friends,  nothing formal and we have a no drop policy. I was terrified at first I was always at the back, apologising for being last and holding everyone up. My cycling has improved considerably, in speed, confidence and ability.  Although I have to say some of the lycra can be a little off putting 😆 and the testosterone sometimes can ensure that some of the ladies get dropped, the guys then end up waiting at wherever the agreed stop place happens to be.     

For my first 70.3 Triathlon, I invested in the book "Ironfit, Triathlon Training for Women". it has a lot of stuff about nutrition, menstrual cycles, core strength work etc. The training plans are great, because I'm a bit of a geek, I put the 70.3 Intermediate Training plan into Excel, printed it off and stuck it to the fridge. Putting big green ticks thru every session I did and big red crosses thru any I didn't do. 

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