How My Family Trained for a Triathlon Using 4 Ayurvedic Techniques

With only a couple of weeks to train for the race, John Douillard and his family used these Ayurvedic techniques to get to the finish line.
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LifeSpa founder and best-selling author John Douillard, who co-leads Yoga Journal's Ayurveda 101 course, used 4 Ayurvedic techniques to train for a triathlon in just 2 weeks.

LifeSpa founder and best-selling author John Douillard, who co-leads Yoga Journal's Ayurveda 101 course, used 4 Ayurvedic techniques to train for a triathlon in just 2 weeks.

Recently, I competed in a sprint triathlon with my family in Colorado. With only a couple of weeks to train for the race, we incorporated a few Ayurvedic training techniques and successfully used them to prepare for this event.

Originally, my 24-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son were going to join me for this triathlon. As it turned out, my son injured his shoulder in a soccer tournament before the race, so it was just me and Devaki, my daughter, who raced.

We challenged the Ayurvedic principles detailed below pretty intensely—as we only trained for two weeks for this triathlon. Granted, it was only a 525 yard swim, 10 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run. 

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The race sounded easy, but we should have been concerned by the name: The Lookout Mountain Triathlon. Any triathlon with the word “mountain” in the title should tip you off to a day running and riding up and down the side of a mountain. Around two weeks of nose breathing training and no real mountain training pushed me to my limits—I did a lot more huffing and puffing than planned! 

That said, Devaki did fantastic with a first-place finish in her age group, and I took fourth place in mine.

Here are 4 key Ayurvedic strategies we used to train for the race in such a short time.

4 Ayurvedic Techniques That Can Help You Train for a Triathlon

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