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So close, but so far

Here are five tips to help you stay sane as you await the start of the triathlon season.

The triathlon season is so close, but so far. Though the temperatures may be rising, the tri season in Canada is still at least two months away. Here are five tips to help you keep your sanity as you await the start of the triathlon season:

1) In the meantime, do other events

Now is a great time to sign up for a spring 5K or Gran Fondo. A spring race can give your training a focus and something to look forward to.

Madeleine Kennedy, a junior provincial athlete, finished the Around the Bay 5K in 19:15.

Related: 5 workouts to help you run a faster 5K

2) Upgrade your gear

Spring is when new shoes and equipment are in full stock. A new pair of kicks may be just the motivation you need to enter a road race.

Saucony Triumph ISO 5

Related: Fresh kicks for spring

3) Get outside

Yes, riding on the trainer has its benefits, but it doesn’t offer the same thrill as riding outdoors and exploring the open roads.

Related: 5 tips for spring riding

4) Shift focuses

You don’t need to spread yourself thin across all three disciplines. A common practice in the triathlon community is to focus on one or two events throughout the off-season. This keeps training fresh and exciting. An easy way to do this is to do a variety¬†of events. For example, training for a half-marathon, Gran Fondo or swim meet.

5) Plan and schedule your race season

Set your schedule. You don’t have to commit necessarily, but if you want to save money and begin planning your training schedule – now is the time. Especially if you plan on doing a destination race, it’s better to register and plan your travel arrangements now.