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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
Illustration by Matt Collins.

Cameron Dye
Race to the Toyota Cup Champion

I am only 28, but as I got further out of college and started training more seriously, getting more sleep every night has been a big help. I’ve gotten over the invincible young man’s complex and started turning off the TV earlier, and it’s been huge. Training goes so much better when you aren’t exhausted. Also, as I’ve progressed, massage, foam rolling and rest days have become more important. I think most people train super hard and that’s relatively easy to do, but what is harder to do is rest hard—being confident enough in your training to take full days off when you need them, and taking care of your body. For me, massage was crazy expensive when I first started, so I only went when I got hurt. Problem is, treating an injury is way more expensive than preventing one, so, as a pro, just chalking up that stuff as training expenses has gone a long way. Over the years I have also become better at changing my mind-set on individual workouts. Instead of looking at each one as super important, simply treating them all equally has helped. If you have a great tempo run, that’s awesome. If it doesn’t go well, then so what? Not dwelling on any one workout, good or bad, has helped me be consistent and keep a focus on the big picture of training and not get caught up in a couple of good or bad workouts.

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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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