Move Forward Toward Your Next Fitness Peak


Posted by Coach Allen Stanfield

The start of the new year is a time of planning and excitement. For multisport athletes, it is often time to begin a specific focus on a goal or event. The return to serious training follows the holiday break in routine, the endless parties, and the unhealthy food choices.

Personally, I can be horrible about maintaining consistency with training and nutrition over the holiday as nsutritional thoughts are non-existent and training occurs but tends to lack any specific focus. This is something that I've tended to beat myself up over. I feel fat and unfit, and while mentally ready to get back to work, suddenly “hard” training sessions seem impossible. However after recognizing the pattern over the last half decade, I've begun to embrace the period and the "new year, new you" theme with both myself and my athletes and focus on the benefits of the fresh start. 

Triathletes, as mostly type A folks, tend to have an inability to relax and trust that they do not always have to be trying to work "harder" than they did the week before. While I definitely don't recommend overindulging or allowing fitness to slip away for any significant period of time, it is important to develop the mindset to allow for less stressful times of training throughout the year as well as trusting that this will all be ok.

When beginning this period of revitalized focus, it is important to realize that while a long term increase in fitness feels like a long slow climb, it’s actually a rugged terrain filled with various peaks and valleys.  Being mentally ready to be able to perform at a mid season level doesn’t mean you will physically be ready to just pick back up.  While many athletes don't have a history in the sport long enough to allow them to see this, accepting the fact that you can’t always be on the peak is important. The key is to always keep moving forward by recognizing and accepting the valleys, and realizing how quickly you can climb back up!


Allen Stanfield is a USA Triathlon Level I Coach who has been with TeamMPI since 2012. Allen has coached Junior Elite Athletes, Southeast Regional Amateur Champions, Boston Marathon Finishers, IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Finishers and numerous IRONMAN Finishers. Allen has completed more than 50 multisport events with more than 15 overall wins including IRONMAN 70.3 Age Group winner. He is the Co-Founder and President of Ticking Tri Bombs, a USAT Club, and Founder of the Road to Tradition beginner triathlete group. Reach Coach Allen at

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