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Time to PEAK

Entering the new year provides a prime opportunity to metaphorically "hit the reset button" on your triathlon training, ushering in a renewed focus on ambitious goals. In the ever-evolving world of triathlon training, success is not just an outcome; it is a journey that requires careful navigation through the intricacies of planning, execution, adaptation, and kindness.


Let us explore this approach encapsulated in the acronym PEAK, diving into some fundamental principles that help us achieve peak performance and enduring well-being.


Plan

In triathlon training, meticulous planning is the foundation for success. Clearly define your goals and primary objectives, ensuring they align with your broader life commitments. You should create a training plan that integrates seamlessly into your daily routine, accounting for work, family, and personal responsibilities.


A well-thought-out plan sets the stage for effective training. It establishes a balanced and sustainable approach that enhances long-term performance.


Example: Fill up your calendar with workout days and times, pack the swim bag for the week, etc


Execute

Once the training plan is laid out, the next crucial step is to execute it with precision and commitment. Triathlon training demands a disciplined approach to translate your goals from theory to practice. Execute your plan focusing on time management, consistency, and dedication.


Whether hitting the track, logging miles on the bike, or completing swim sessions, execution is the key to turning your training ambitions into tangible achievements.


Example: Lace up the shoes and get out the door; Drive straight to the pool after dropping the kids off.


Adapt

Triathlon training often involves hitting the reset button (multiple times), especially when returning to structured sessions. Adapting to increased training volume requires flexibility in your approach. This adaptation extends beyond physical exertion to considerations like adjusting nutrient intake, ensuring adequate sleep duration, and accommodating unexpected challenges such as sickness and injury.


Being responsive and adaptable to the evolving demands of your training plan is integral to sustained progress.


Example: Getting to bed an hour earlier as training volume increases


Kindness

As the intensity of structured training increases, practicing kindness, especially towards yourself, becomes paramount. Triathlon training can be mentally and physically demanding, and setbacks are inevitable.


If unforeseen circumstances, such as a closed pool due to a lightning storm, disrupt your plan, be kind to yourself. Understand that flexibility and self-compassion are essential components of successful training.


Additionally, extending kindness to family members is crucial when training impacts the entire household. Collaboratively developing schedules and considering family responsibilities ensures that your pursuit of triathlon excellence is balanced and harmonious.


Example: Move on from a stormed-out swim and replace it with a helpful household task


Take this as an invitation to PEAK and use this blend of planning, execution, adaptation, and kindness to create stability and success on your own athletic journey and a memorable and successful 2024 race season!

 

Allen Stanfield is a Team MPI Senior Coach who has been part of TeamMPI since 2012.  He is a Level 1 USAT Coach and works with multisport athletes of all levels. He has coached a Guinness World Record Holder, as well as first-time triathletes, plus Junior Elite Athletes, ITU and IRONMAN™ 70.3 and 140.6 World Championship Finishers, Boston Marathon Finishers, and numerous first-time IRONMAN™ Finishers. Allen is a passionate ambassador for the multisport lifestyle.

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