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The triathlon is an exhilarating and enjoyable leisure pursuit; however, it doesn't take long for your triathlon pursuits to move from habit to obsession. Becoming obsessed with the sport dramatically increases the likelihood of burnout. Unfortunately, the signs of burnout are not easily detected. Have you been training almost every day for months on end? If so, you probably feel very fit, have your weight under control and believe that taking off a day or two will negatively impact your fitness. You can get too much of a good thing. Are your race performances slipping over the past months, even though you've been putting in the same amount of effort? If workouts have become dull or you no longer enjoy training, you may be headed towards burnout.
Here are several ideas you can use to prevent burnout.