Designing a Triathlon Season


Posted by Coach John Murray

I know that we are still in the 2015 triathlon season but it is coming to a close very soon and at some point we will have to give some thought to what 2016 will look like for us.

The main reason why this topic is coming up now is that we are reviewing the season for many of the coached athletes who just finished their last races. We are looking at what worked and what needed to be tweaked. I am already discussing the "rough drafts" for a few athletes this week.

In some respects, the 2016 prep can start now. We will begin with recovery and recharge. A break from the sport is the prescription for many. This doesn't mean becoming a sedentary, official donut tester. Maybe you will switch sports to snowshoeing or paddle boarding. Just step away for a me, it won't make you slower next season.

While you are laying low from swim, bike and run you can peruse the races to see what looks like fun, what fits your budget and what might cap off your season.

Next we will review where improvements can be made in race performance and/or experience. Once your break from training is over, we could start up with some block training that focuses more heavily on one discipline. A nice warm indoor pool in the winter might be your home for several weeks as we lay the groundwork for swim technique improvement. Others may enjoy hitting the run circuit by completing some running races.

Your season, from a performance development angle, might include a general prep phase, a build phase, and a race phase. Adding some planning and organization to your workload can enable you to race better.

As always, consider recovery and the things that keep you healthy and moving: rest, sleep, proper nutrition, and massage, just to name a few.

Going willy-nilly into a whole year of triathlon doesn't match the Type "A" personality of most triathletes. Having a plan makes more sense.

~ Coach John Murray

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