Man tired from overtraining for a triathlon

Overtraining: Why Rest Is Important

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Man tired from overtraining


If you are interested in competing in a triathlon, you should understand that it is a physically demanding competition. Triathlons are best described as multi-stage competitions that require participants to complete three sequential endurance activities. There are different variations of the competition yet the traditional triathlon consists of swimming, bicycling and running across considerable distances.

Training for Triathlon Success

Triathlon participants endure rigorous training in an attempt to prepare for the demands of the competition. They train for each of the triathlon disciplines and also include a myriad of workouts as well as general strength training exercises. This might sound a bit intimidating to a beginner yet more and more people compete in triathlons with each passing year. If you train properly, you will not have a problem completing your first triathlon.

The average triathlon participant spends about half the race cycling, nearly one-third of the race running and about one-quarter of the race swimming. Most break up their training regimens to match these distributions. Though it is prudent to perform the same number of bike, run and swim workouts each week, the bike workout sessions should be significantly longer. The swim workouts are typically shorter in duration as swimming accounts of the shortest part of the triathlon race.

As an example, consider a week where you have six opportunities to exercise. It is prudent to bike, run and swim two times each. Yet one of your bike rides should be a full hour while a swimming session should be half an hour and a run should be about 45 minutes. However, if you are out of shape, diving right into intense workouts will heighten the risk of an injury. Start out with exercises that are appropriate for your unique fitness level. Ramp up the intensity of the workouts in an incremental manner as the triathlon approaches.

The Importance of Rest

It is imperative that you grant yourself ample time for recovery. Rest is important for the body as well as the mind. It gives you the chance to recharge your mental and physical “batteries” so to speak. Take a day off in between training sessions and you’ll notice that your energy level spikes during your next workout. Perhaps more importantly, rest will refresh your mind. The rigors of triathlon training eventually take a toll on the mind simply because the preparation for the event is so demanding.

Taking time off just might help you prevent an in-competition injury that would have otherwise forced you out of the competition early. More training is not always better. The rarely recognized truth is that triathlon participants benefit more from high-quality workouts that are combined with proper rest rather than training on a daily basis.

Time is Limited

Residents of the Big Apple are particularly short on time. We sit in traffic for hours, wait in long lines and typically work longer hours than those who live in other parts of the country. This is precisely why we must make the most of our limited time. Do not attempt a DIY (do it yourself) triathlon training regimen. It will likely prove to be a somewhat fruitless endeavor, as it will not make efficient use of the little time you have available. Assistance from fitness professionals is exactly what you need to get the ball rolling on efficient triathlon training.

Work With Tailwind

Guidance from Tailwind coaches is exactly what you need to kick-start your triathlon training. We are widely considered to be New York’s premier cycling and triathlon training studio for good reason. Our team of fitness aficionados will teach you exactly how you should train, how long training sessions should last and how you can segue into training by yourself. We offer indoor cycling, individual coaching and special events. Each is geared toward improving your fitness in an attempt to help you in your quest to complete triathlons in a competitive manner.

Visit Tailwind’s New Location

If you are interested in getting in shape and/or competing in a triathlon, you owe it to yourself to check out Tailwind’s new location. Our New York studio offers an array of different classes throughout the week. We offer everything from Olympic distance training to fun runs, full marathon training, power hours and beyond. You are encouraged to tap into the expertise of our on-site coaches and take advantage of all of our training resources. Contact us today 0r e-mail us at