I have been following professional triathlon for a while and am amazed by the performances of elite athletes. Is there anything that we recreational athletes can learn from them?
Just about very one of my amateur athletes asks me this at some point. The short answer is a resounding, “YES!” But what exactly can you learn from the pros, who dedicate themselves to this demanding sport and not much else? You certainly don’t want to mimic their intensive training or single-minded focus—that’s a quick route to injury and burnout. Instead, you want to study the prinicpals successful pros follow in their approach to training. Ultimately, amateurs and pros are after the same thing: to improve performance—even if the relative speeds are different. In both cases, it’s a journey.
The start of the Barcelona Triathlon, Image Courtesy of Shutterstock. Photographer: sportgraphic