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3 exercises to get you ready for summer fun in the mud and on the trails
By MANDY GILL
If dirt, dust and determination are in your fitness vocabulary, odds are you will love mud runs. The newest approach for people to get fit and have fun outdoors, obstacle course racing brings something to the table for every fitness level.
As an endurance racer for more than 30 years, I know keeping the motivation from season to season can be challenging. Even as a triathlete, the same old swimming, biking and running gets stale. Here are a few activities that can recharge your batteries and add some much-needed diversity to your training patterns. Changing your routine can build new motor skills and strengthen your mental toughness and satisfaction as an athlete.
When you choose to diversify your training, start slow, seek professional guidance and keep it fun. My aim this year is to try fun events such as obstacle runs and cyclocross and to dabble in group circuit training. Itâ€™s going to be a good year.
In competition or training, your hips take a punishing. They are transfer junctions between the upper and lower body and in constant use from start to finish during a triathlon. Hips tighten when we use them a lot and get even tighter if we donâ€™t give them the love they deserve. Here is a yoga sequence to bring some joy to your stride and bounce to your pounce, while pouring out built-up stress. Flow through these three poses together: hold each pose for a minute and breathe.
Strength and conditioning is one of the most overlooked parts of training for triathletes. It can make for huge breakthroughs in race times and should be completed at least twice a week. Itâ€™s hard to fit in dryland workouts when youâ€™re already training three sports, but this will bring your performance to the next level. These exercises provide the dryland training necessary to obtain your goals in the water, on the bike and on your run.
Youâ€™ve raced Olympic distance triathlons and a couple of 70.3-mile events and now you want to go for the big one. â€¨At 140.6 miles, the Ironman triathlon is one of sportâ€™s epic tests of speed, strength, endurance and mental focus. It takes willpower, dedication and a structured training plan to get you there, if you want to make your race-day an unforgetable and successful experience.