Q: I’m pumped up for triathlon and am thinking about making a poster that reads, ‘GO HARD OR GO HOME’ for my living room to remind me that the more training I pack in, the better. Good thinking, right?
Logbook Sally, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Er, hold on. Going overboard in your early years as a triathlete is as common a problem as racing too much. Patience is the key thing: “Most people will be set back by either injury, illness or an accident,” says Scott Molina, an icon in the sport who collected more than 100 victories in his career and now helps conduct the Epic Camp training programs around the world. “If we can minimize the chances of those three things happening, then we’re going to make good progress.” He advises athletes to “develop a program that is methodical and well-rounded, and specifies a gradual, consistent increase in training loads that the body is capable of absorbing.”