Free Training Plans

I am developing a page for free training plans and have posted my first customizable training plan.  Here’s the link:  http://5amfitness.ca/plans/

More to come…

Happy Training

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My First Triathlon – Wasaga Beach Sprint Distance Triathlon 2013

After a thwarted race season I signed up for my first triathlon. I finished writing a MAJOR exam at the beginning of June which took up all spare time and then some during May. After June I was run down and burnt out a bit so I decided to take it easy and slowly started working back in to a full training schedule. My goal was to work my self back in to the shape that I used to be in when I was 18. Okay I’m 31 now but I wanted to try it anyways. The difference is that back then I had good running abilities and I was strong. At the time I was in high school and also in the army reserves doing reconnaissance. I was getting ready for University and I was in the best shape I had ever been in. It didn’t happen over night and it took several years so I figure why not take the same approach.

Fast forward a decade or so and I’ve worked myself back to a decent shape and better than most by a lot of people’s standards but its not good enough for my standards.

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Tips for beginners

One of our fellow bloggers Tina had asked me if I have any tips for beginners. Well with my beginning so fresh in mind I thought she had a great idea. Here’s my take on what worked and what didn’t work for me leading up to my first race:

Firstly I’d like to discuss the aggressiveness of the training plan. You might say what? Training plan? but I’ll come back to that. The only thing worse than not being prepared for a race is getting injured and potentially not racing. In my opinion it’s better to train a little lighter leading up to the race than not being able to race. One week before the race I had just pulled a hamstring and my ankle was starting to hurt. I was suffering from over training.

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