It is the final couple of weeks before the big day – your first triathlon. All the hard work has been done and it’s time to put those finishing touches to your training. Weeks 11-12 are about tapering and recovering so that you’re ready for the event.
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This is Part 5 of our ‘How To Train For Your First Triathlon’ series.
With it being just 1 or 2 weeks before the race, there’s no need to continue cranking your training up. In fact, it’s time to start considering your taper and preparing yourself for race day. Hopefully by now, you will have covered the race distance continuously during your training, giving you extra confidence for the event. But if you haven’t already then don’t worry, it’s amazing what you can do on the day with some adrenaline.
In terms of tapering, this essentially allows your body to absorb all the hard training you’ve been doing, and prime you for race day. This doesn’t mean kicking back and relaxing; you want to keep some intensity there to remind your body what it’s supposed to be doing, but you should drop the training volume a little whilst maintaining the number of sessions per week. This does however mean slightly shorter sessions and reducing the distance. You can break these sessions into smaller chunks, and focus a little more on the quality.
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