by Sue Aquila
Six years ago I fell in love with triathlon during my first race. I still remember it. The swim was in this murky, scummy pond in the middle of a horse racing track. I remember thinking if I don’t die from a systemic infection (not to mention chemical exposure), I may actually like this sport.
Fast forward to today and my love affair with triathlon continues. I think the key to my progress through the years is acknowledging my strengths (ever so briefly) but focusing on the things holding me back (limiters).
All triathletes progress through the various stages of limiters. My progression:
We are all training using the same variables; intensity, duration and frequency. We apply our secret recipe, rinse and repeat. Each of our bodies is a puzzle that we apply the principles of training to achieve our goals.
If you are unsure of your limits, ask those around you. Analyze your race data. Choose one thing in each sport per block to address. Each small step builds a strong foundation for future race success.
Sue Aquila is a USAT Level 1 coach who balances her ironman training with running a successful business that she built from the ground up. She blogs regularly at fewoman.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @fewoman.