5. Plan your season. Sit down and map out your season on a calendar. Sometimes you don’t realize there are conflicts until it’s all plotted out in front of you. For example, you may realize that your peak training weeks for a planned “A” race conflict with an annual business trip. Planning now can also give your family a heads up, make you realize your schedule is too ambitious, and/or save you a lot of money if you register early.
Andrew Dollar is the owner of FTP Coaching (Ftpcoaching.com) based in Nashville, Tenn. He has competed in more than 50 multisport events, including Ironmans, the USAT National Championships and the Sprint Triathlon World Championship.