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Start 2012 on the Right Foot

So if you’re like most type “A” triathletes you already have a good idea of what your primary races will be in 2012. In fact you have very likely already shelled out the money and beat the odds to get into that coveted race that sells out in minutes (as crazy as that may sound to others). You’ve managed to get by Thanksgiving and Christmas only adding a few pounds.  The New Year is here and your plan is to jump back into training, quickly whip your shelf back into shape and start reaching for those goals you have set for yourself.  (You have set goals, haven’t you?)

If this sounds like you, then now is the perfect time to take inventory of your triathlon gear.  Decide what is worth keeping, what needs to be repaired and what needs replacing.  If you decide to upgrade some piece of equipment consider donating your older gear to a newer, less experienced athlete.  Let’s face it; triathlon is an expensive sport, and we all want to be green right?

Consider taking your bike in for a tune-up now when the shops are not so busy.  This is the perfect time to beat the rush next year when everyone's training is already in full swing.  It will eliminate any downtime without your ride and give you peace of mind as you embark on another year living the multisport lifestyle.

Let’s make our resolution for 2012 to stop procrastinating and do what we can now to make 2012 a breakthrough year.


Speaking of 2012, have you updated your Annual Training Plan (ATP) for the year in TrainingPeaks?  The ATP allows you to plan your entire race schedule for the season. Once you do, our VirtualCoach will suggest workouts customizable to your personal schedule that will help you train to achieve your goals. Upgrade to Premium now to enjoy these two features. 

Jeff Vicario is an Elite TrainingBible and USA Triathlon Certified Coach.  He coaches athletes of all levels to extraordinary results ranging from first time racers to Ironman personal bests!  For more information about Jeff’s coaching or if you have a question or idea for a future post you’d like to see here on the TrainingPeaks Blog, email Jeff at

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Triathletes are probably tuning up their bikes right now. [wink]


So true about procrastination. Although not a stated goal on my training peaks ATP it is in my noodle. Sign up for planned races before the rates keep going up. Get new gear when the sales from Christmas are still in place, and get the rig ready to go.

Thanks for the reminder, although based on the title of the piece, I thought I was going to read tips on running.

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterG.s.seltzer

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