New Season, New Goals

  • By Chris Carmichael
  • Published Feb 2, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

“I just want to participate and enjoy the sport.”

For many athletes, triathlon is a lifestyle and entering races is more about participating and being part of the community than qualifying for Kona. One of the reasons triathlon has the most supportive and positive culture in endurance sport is because finishers and hardcore competitors come together for the same events. Some finishers believe defined goals are only necessary for more competitive athletes, but to continue to grow and develop as a triathlete in 2012, consider:

A training camp. Again, I’m biased, but if you’re passionate about triathlon, a weekend or a weeklong camp lets you devote all your attention to triathlon for a relatively short period of time. You don’t need to be a fierce competitor to belong or benefit from a camp; they’re about learning how to be a better triathlete, not just a faster one.

Incremental improvements. Finishers often do what I refer to as “subsistence training,” meaning the workload and commitment level is only high enough to avoid getting out of shape. Faster is more fun, even if you don’t care how your speed compares to others’, so establish goals to increase your race paces across all disciplines.

PHOTOS: 2011 TriRock San Diego

Chris Carmichael is the author of The Time-Crunched Triathlete and founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems, the official coaching and camps partner of Ironman.

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