Off-Season Preparation


Posted by Coach Jamie Brown

How should an athlete approach the off season? This part of our year can seem like a bit of a mystery, and there are many philosophies about how to approach it. I break it into steps:


Step 1: Reflect.

Pull out your plan and goals you set last year at this time and grade it. Think of the PROCESS rather then the results. Often times we simply rate our success on our “A” race result.  Be truthful with yourself. Did you execute your race plans? Did you progress throughout of the year? I really enjoy reflecting on the year. It’s a great way to close the season.


Step 2: Rest!

I know, I much rest? 1 week, 1 month? My personal approach is to remove the structure. I will allow my body to heal from some of the nicks I picked up throughout the year. But my goal is to have fun training. So I decrease the volume to no more than an hour workout (swim, bike, run), I cross-train, and I add more strength training to my winter. This usually a 1-2 month period.

Step 3: Set specific training goals for next year.

Examples might include improving the second half of your swim, improving bike handling, focusing on nutrition, etc. Incorporate these goals into your workouts 2-3 times a week.


Step 4:  Have fun!

It's critical that you really enjoy what your doing. I like to spend a lot of time training in groups enjoying the company of others. For me this is really important. Maybe even do an off-season camp like Team MPI's Exectutive Training Camp in December. As a triathlete we spend a lot of time isolated during training. This time of year should be fun. Don’t worry or stress over your times.

The off-season is where my next year starts. I make sure to work through this off-season process before I begin training again.

~Coach Jamie Brown

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