Covid-19 really took the world by storm, and hopefully we are beginning to see the end of this pandemic.
For many of us swimrunners, restrictions have forced us away from both racing but also training, which can become a barrier to getting started again. But don’t despair, since there is hope. In many ways, what we practice also reflects who we are, as this study on motivation has found among tri-athletes. Training for a goal e.g., an upcoming race, helps building a positive attitude and experience.
Hence, keep training and share your experiences!
/The WoS Team
Psychological Status During and After the Preparation of a Long-distance Triathlon Event in Amateur Athletes
Preparation for an endurance event among amateur athletes requires a major commitment on their part. Knowing amateur athletes’ psychological
characteristics during a training period should be a priority for coaches and athletes. The aim of our longitudinal study was to characterize the psychological profile of amateur athletes over a training period of six months prior to and after a long-distance triathlon. Thirty-two amateur athletes (13 females; 19 males; 1.5±1.3 years of experience) were recruited for this observational study. All participants (39±9.9 years old; weighs 73±12.9 kg; measure 172±10.2 cm) underwent a physical fitness assessment pre- and post 6-months of training, a monthly psychological questionnaire battery assessing mood, positive and negative affect, passion and motivation and, for some participants (n=5), an interview post event. Positive emotions increased until the sixth month, from 38.1±22.0 to 54.3±7.2 (Z=3.49, p<0.001, r=0.80). Participants were more harmonious (29.0±3.0) than obsessive (13.0±1.0) with their triathlon’s passion (Z=4.91, p<0.001, r=0.85). Participants felt a high level of intrinsic motivation (15.9±1.76) and a low level of external motivation (4.9±1.08) about their triathlon training (p<0.05). The vigor score is the only sub scale that significantly changed from the 1st to the 6th month of training, and ranged between 21.4±10.6 and 28.1±4.1 (Z=2.0, p=0.046, r=0.46). This longitudinal observational study is the first to have explored athletes’ psychological and emotional parameters over a training period of six months prior to a long-distance triathlon event and one month after. Thus, specific interventions and mental training can be structured around these important milestones.