You wouldn’t think that the sport of Triathlon is dangerous or could be hazardous to your health, but in our combined 30+ years of coaching and as athletes ourselves, the rate of injury and illness caused by training is far too high.
Unfortunately, the exact percentage of triathletes who suffer a chronic training injury or illness has been difficult to quantify for researchers.
The published research and literature reviews presents a triathlete injury rate ranging between 35% – 91%.
In our experience, if you don’t really know what you’re doing when it comes to training, you’re almost guaranteed to suffer some form of injury and/or illness.
Not only does it SUCK being sick or injured but it will also significantly impact your performance on race day due to a lack of training consistency and the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do as an athlete is to sit out a race, not complete a race or cross the finish line feeling disappointed that you could have done better.
triathlete injury rate ranging between 35% - 91%.
So if you’re ready, let’s ensure this doesn’t happen to you. You’re going to show up to your next race healthy, confident and cross the finish line feeling proud of your accomplishment!
First we’re going to outline some core principals we’re going to cover right off the top when you click through to the next page. Then we’ll dig deeper into the training program and how to get up and running…no pun intended…
#1 Do You Have Your S#!T Together?
Training for a Triathlon is no joke! It’s a huge advantage to have some form of stability in your life as the key to success is training consistency.
When you complete your Athlete Profile and Application…(yes, you will have to complete a short application. We do our best to accept as many people as possible but the reality is that this training program is not suited for everyone.)
…Anyway, when you complete your profile and application, there will be a section that will help you identify your training barriers and brainstorm ideas on how to maintain your training consistency.
The harsh reality is that, “Life Happens” and whether planned or unexpected, there will be disruptions to your training.
It’s not a question of IF you’ll get derailed, it’s a question of WHEN! Everyone has setbacks that disrupt training momentum but the best athletes know how to accept the disruption, use it to their advantage and get back to training ASAP.
It’s natural and very easy to get down on yourself when you miss a workout or a string of workouts. We’re going to give you the tools to help organization your life and use goal-setting strategies to keep you on track, or get back on track during inconsistent training phases.
#2 Are You Mobile?
This isn’t as simple as it sounds. Pretty much everyone can move, but do you move well? Do you have the correct flexibility, range of motion, stability, muscle activation and strength to support your endurance training?
As a result of our current lifestyle, most people do not possess the required physical attributes mentioned above to make the successful transition to “Athlete” or maintain the life of an athlete for the long-term.
Even if you’ve done quite a bit of training already, if you haven’t made mobility the focus and backbone of your training, I can almost guarantee that you’ll never reach your full athletic potential and most likely become injured along your training journey.
If you think you can just go out and start swimming, biking and running to prepare for your first or next triathlon, THINK AGAIN!
We’re going to start by teaching you how to do a full mobility assessment on yourself, identify areas of need and how to improve your overall mobility to ensure your longevity as an athlete and maximize your performance potential.
…starting to sound pretty good right!?
#3 Are You Applying the Appropriate Training Stress and Recovery?
Hormesis — the process by which your body responds positively to something up to a certain dose and negatively beyond that dose. That “something” can be a drug, supplement, food, but it can also be something like exercise. In short, your general health and fitness depends on you staying within certain hormetic zones.
The main point is that more is not always better.
As athletes, we need to shift our mindset and let our bodies tell our brains what to do for a change. Our brains are very good at executing the mantra of “no pain, no gain!” or “the more training the better!” The problem is that your body suffers the brunt of your brains “motivation” and there is a point where your body will tell your brain that enough is enough.
The key is listening to your body before it needs to escalate how it communicate it’s message to your brain through an injury or illness…because by that point, it’s too late.
We’re going to equip you with basic training management tools so you can achieve balance and healthy training habits right from the start.
#4Are You Starting Your Training at the Right Volume and Intensity?
It’s very important that your starting point is where you are now in terms of fitness, not where you want to be. After you determine your starting point you can then calculate how much training stress you can add to your body while maintaining proper health.
It might be time for a wake-up call.
If you want to do this “training thing” right and execute a proper event lead up, you need a few months to prepare. Ideally, 6 to 8 months will allow you to progress at a pace that will keep you healthy and injury free.
If you’re already well trained and have great mobility and strength, you might be able to get away with 3 months of good, focused training.
A general rule of thumb when it comes to training progression or Progressive Overload, is no more than a 10% increase of either duration and/or intensity per week. 10% is all your body is able to consistently handle without becoming injured or over-trained.
Duration, which is simply time spent training is typically the first variable to increase but this may not always be the case. Training duration is the easiest metric to measure because you’re just counting hours and minutes.
I highly suggest you structure your workouts by time as opposed to distance as time is a more consistent variable. Distance volume will change as you get fitter as you will be able to go farther, faster. Time is always time regardless how much faster you’ve become.
An exception to this rule would be if you’re doing your swim training in the pool, then you’d typically use distance…and who wants to finish an interval mid-pool!? This can also can hold true for run training on the track but the workout should still be structured to time-out at an appropriate duration.
Intensity is much more difficult to measure but if you’re using HR and/or Power, even distance and pace data to measure your workouts, a TSS (Training Stress Score) can be used to calculate intensity over the duration of a workout.
We’re going to show you how to use an industry leading training and coaching software to track and monitory your training that takes all the guess work out of Progressive Overload.
Now that we’ve covered some basics the next step is completing your athlete application and profile.
Through this process, you’re going to receive training organizational tools, Short Term and Long Term goal setting tools, a full mobility self-assessment tool, a stress/recovery training principal training series and a full introduction and tutorial to the Training Peaks Software.
And if you’re accepted into the program, you’ll also receive a free One Month Training program to get you started.
If you were to meet with a coach or personal trainer to work through similar tools and assessments, plus have a program developed for you would cost anywhere between $150 to upwards of $300.
My goal is the build the sport of triathlon, ensure every athlete has a chance for a long and healthy career and achieve their full athletic potential.
In my opinion, money should not be a barrier to obtaining this vital information and that is why I am offering it to anyone who wants to invest in themselves to become better athletes.
There is absolutely no commitment required, no signing on to a minimum coaching contract, no inputting of your credit card info…absolutely no strings attached. I don’t even care if you’re already working with a coach or club.
I’m confident that when you get started, you won’t look back and will want to continue your training and education. If this is the case, you will have opportunities to extend your training program if you choose for as little a $25/month.
You’re not going to find a better deal jam packed with this much training content and support.
So if you’re ready to start your journey, click on the Application button below.