Thought Of The Week: Work On Your Weakness!
It’s human nature to gravitate towards things we excel at. With there being 3 disciplines in the sport of triathlon, chances are you will have a favorite and a least favorite. And, there is also a good chance that you are weakest at your least favourite discipline. You can keep getting stronger at your strongest discipline and make marginal overall gains in speed OR you can devote some extra time to your weakness and stand to make much larger gains.
Many of us know what we are best at and where we need to work but if you aren’t sure, look at your race results from last season. Often in results you can see your ranking within each discipline. Do you rank close to the same in all 3 sports or are you strong at one or two and weak at a third?
If you have a weakness, find ways to make training in that sport more fun so that you are more likely to do it. I’ve found my run results are lagging lately because I’ve been neglecting that discipline. To counteract this I need to run more. To make running more fun I now schedule runs with others. When I know I am meeting people on a Saturday morning I look forward to my run and I also know that I have to show up because people are expecting me. Accountability is a powerful tool! This principle works with swimming too! Book a swim with a friend and look forward to the hot tub or a coffee after and you will start to enjoy swimming more…and likely improve as you devote more time to it. 😊
Photo from the Calgary Roadrunners Club (CRR) Nose Hill XC 4k/8k Event on Sat Feb 10. Details on upcoming events can be found HERE.