A few weeks ago I attended the Multisport World Expo at Columbia University in NYC. I went with the intention of learning more about triathlon, getting some good tips, and of course, checking out the new gear for 2012! The expo had seminars from different trainers, doctors, and triathletes, as well as a vendor floor. Of course I just loved the vendor floor where I got a bunch of cool new gear! There were many freebies being handed out including t-shirts, drawstring backpacks, towels and stickers. Who doesn’t love freebies?!
Among the stuff I purchased was a Timex Ironman Triathlon GPS watch (which came with a free heart rate monitor and hat), a bright orange running shirt (that says, “Trample the weak, hurdle the dead“) and swimming goggles. I haven’t figured out the watch yet, but once I do I will be able to post all of my times, distances, and speeds for each workout. It’s pretty cool! Now, I just gotta teach myself how to use it so I can track my improvements
The seminars that were held at the Multisport World Expo were fantastic! I wasn’t able to sit through all of the seminars but, for the ones I did get to see, they were extremely informative and really gave me a lot to think about throughout my training.
I just want to share a few topics with you that really caught my attention. I will post more about these later, as I really get into the nitty gritty of triathlon training and find myself in situations where these topics are at the forefront of my mind. The first one is of course an obvious one that I’ve already talked a bit about. As for the others, we’ll get there in time
- Give yourself a goal!
- Slow down – listen to your body.
- If you’re not sweating, somethings wrong!
- Are you drinking enough water? Keeping your body hydrated.
- Nutrition…what are you eating?
These are very important factors of training for anything, but especially important for an endurance sport such as triathlon. As I go from outta shape to in shape, I am going to have to focus on these five points in order to see the improvements I am expecting to see.
It’s not necessarily about what you do in your workouts, but what you do in your regular life that will allow you to endure and succeed. Basically, I can’t eat McDonald’s and expect to be an IronWoman just because I run 5 miles a day!!! There are many factors involved, and while I am new to all of it, I am excited to engage in this new and healthy lifestyle so I can reach my goals.