It's the Little Things that Matter
By Martha Grinnell
As a former pro triathlete, one of the greatest lessons I learned was that the "little things" go a long way in training. My biggest breakthrough occurred when I "stepped outside the box" and took my training beyond just swimming, cycling and running. Here are my suggestions:
- Take yoga 2x per week with a reputable instructor. You'll benefit from total body relaxation, breath control, flexibility, balance and core strength; all which come into play when racing.
- Find other forms of training to maintain base. A good long hike with plenty of vertical, XC skiing (great for core strength) and snow shoeing are all excellent base phase cross-training modes to keep you fit and fresh. Bring a buddy with you and keep it social!
- Work on SKILLS, SKILLS, SKILLS in all three disciplines – every week, almost every session (as part of a training session). Good form = efficiency = less energy expenditure = economy.
- Read motivational or inspirational articles or books as a form of inspiring yourself! We tend to neglect the spiritual side of ourselves to focus on the physical. The two balance one another out.
- Be your own biggest supporter. Hard on yourself? Most athletes tend to be this way. Write down all the things that you did well each day as a way of patting yourself on the back. Folks don't do this enough. Remember ... it's the little things like this that go a long way!
Martha Grinnell holds an MS in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College, is a USAT Level I Certified Coach and is ACSM Certified. Visit her website at dynamic-training.net