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Make Small Changes, See Big Gains In Your Triathlon Training

  • By Julia Polloreno
  • Published Sep 26, 2013
  • Updated Sep 26, 2013 at 6:38 PM UTC
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If her eight years as a pro triathlete has taught Sarah Haskins anything, it’s that “elite performance is all about doing the little things right.” But you don’t have to be a pro-card-carrying racer to benefit from the same philosophy. Minor tweaks to your training, nutrition or gear can yield some major results. We asked some of the biggest names in the sport to share their best trial-and-error lessons so you can blaze a shortcut to the same performance benefits.

Andrew Starykowicz
Ironman Florida Champion

Vary your training partners. On hard or tempo days, train with people faster than you, which forces you to go faster; and on easy days, train with people slower than you, which encourages you to go slow. Also, prioritize the disciplines. Make one of them your “A” priority, which means you are rested, focused and nutritionally sound starting those sessions, and if you have to miss a workout for a day or a week, make it the “C” priority sport.

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Julia Polloreno

Julia Polloreno

As Editor-in-Chief of Triathlete magazine, Polloreno oversees the monthly magazine’s content and production. A Stanford University graduate with an award-winning track record in publishing, Polloreno is a two-time Ironman finisher and has been a competitive triathlete for more than a decade.

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