Let’s face it, training for triathlons can become a touch tedious at times, especially if all we do is rotate from event to event day after day. While there may be some variety in our training methods for each discipline, the bottom line is that it is the same three things repeated in some form. So, to avoid the stagnation that often comes with repetitiveness, try incorporating yoga into your training cycle as a way to strengthen your body while engaging your brain.
Some think of yoga as a soft activity hardly fit for a dynamic triathlete in training; however, nothing could be further from the truth. Every triathlete, no matter at the elite level or a mere novice, must increase flexibility, establish a strong core, and be able to remain mentally calm in stressful environments. Thus, yoga has all the answers as a supplemental training format.
Select the type of yoga that best suites your training. If you are searching for a more aggressive yoga that will enhance your training, then do core classes or videos that will focus on the sculpting of your abdominals and lower back. If you want to increase your flexibility and range of motion, select elongated stretching styles that will permit you to avoid stiff, tight muscles. If you wish to settle your mind and recover from intense training, then do more meditative yoga that offers slow, deep movements and places an emphasis on breathing and mental/emotional calmness.
Although yoga, on the surface, certainly does not present itself as the high impact training that cycling, swimming, and running do, its essence is one of pure value to any athlete. Being versatile in your training will allow for a more well-rounded, athletic approach, which undoubtedly will better your entire experience as a triathlete. If you want to preserve your emotional state of being, remain excited about training, and continually sculpt your body, integrate some form of yoga in your weekly workouts. You’ll be better for it.