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What is the best aspect of triathlon becoming an NCAA Emerging Sport for women?
The Rookie Learning Curve
- Watts can be used in both cycling and electrical terminology — imagine the possibilities!
- A little body glide (or Vaseline) goes a long way.
- You may not win the race with the swim, but you can lose it there.
- Injuries are part of the game; they help us learn our boundaries.
- Recovery can sometimes trump a hard workout.
- Everyone knows something; no one knows everything so always ask questions.
- Train with a purpose or goal in mind. Training and racing is hard enough so make things easy on yourself and have small achievable goals that will lead you to the big race.
- Train with others, regardless of their ability level. Sometimes all you have to do is meet at the same place/time and it makes it that much easier to get the work started.
- Coffee in the morning is your new best friend.
- Yesterday and tomorrow’s workouts are as important as today’s. In my opinion, I would rather train at 90 percent for an entire year compared to 110 percent for 3 months and get hurt. Stay consistent.
When you took up this sport what tricks or quirks did you learn?
I hope this list can help all those new to the sport feel at home a little quicker, and possibly encourage the novices out there to keep up the hard work and share the fun and knowledge with the newbies. And remember item number 10 on the list, consistency is the key, my friends.
Until next time, train hard, train smart!