Posted by Coach Dustin
Wow, I can’t believe winter is coming to end and springtime is here. I love this time of year as the weather starts to warm up and the days start to get longer, you just can’t help but want to be outside training. I can’t believe how quickly springtime has come; it feels like we were just finishing up with the fall races and now it’s already time to start gearing up for the early season races. Before you jump head first into the upcoming season I encourage you to take some time to plan your races out. This may sound obvious to some, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t decide what races they are going to do more than a month (or less) ahead of time. Planning your entire season ahead of time leads to so many advantages. It gives you direction in your training, gives you a better chance of racing at your full potential, and decreases your chances of injury or burnout.
Planning your entire season out will give you a better chance of reaching your full potential because you can ensure that you are giving yourself adequate time to train and taper leading up to each race and keeps you from overloading your calendar with too many races. It also gives you a chance to look over the calendar and pick out any times when training might be a little more difficult or limited. For example, if you are going on vacation, or if there are a few weekends that you know that you won’t be able to do any long sessions because of other commitments, you can tailor your training accordingly.
Once you’ve picked out the races that you want to do, you then have a roadmap of sorts to direct your training. You can then tailor your training based on the distances of the races that you’ll be competing in and based on the courses that you’ll be training on. For example, if you are planning on competing in a half-ironman where the swim is in the ocean and the bike course is hilly, you’ll want to be sure and build up your training so you can get some good long sessions in, you’ll want to do some open water swimming, and you’ll want to make sure you incorporate some strength and power sessions in on the bike.
Lastly though maybe most importantly, planning your season allows you to decrease your chances of injury or burnout. When you plan your season ahead of time, you can make sure that you are giving yourself adequate time to recover from each race and training block. Racing and testing your limits is so fun, but without the necessary recovery, most likely you’ll end up injured or unmotivated to even train. Taking time to recover doesn’t come naturally for most triathletes and therefor must be planned ahead of time.
I can’t wait for the upcoming season; this time of year just gets me excited. As you start spending more time training, take some time to plan out your season. Though it may take some time to actually sit down and do, think of the benefits you could reap: reaching your full potential, having direction in your training, and minimizing the chances of being stuck on the sidelines.
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