Even for triathletes the time has finally come to take a well-earned rest.
The season has finally come to an end and, after taking stock of the season that has just gone by, you can take a well-earned rest and start to plan for next season.
Now at this point, we would like to give you some practical advice to help you tackle next season to the best of your ability.
1. Swim lots.
As we know and have said many times, the swim is the Achilles’ heel of most triathletes. What is the best thing to do to improve your swimming? Swim lots! More swimming sessions will help improve your technique, increase your training load, and allow you to stress different metabolic systems.
2. Strength training.
This is something extremely important to work on at the end of the season ready for next year. Strength training will allow you to improve both technically and in terms of your performance in the water, on the bike and running. Get organised so that you do at least two gym sessions a week. Find a good trainer who knows about endurance sport and triathlon and begin preparing for next season as best possible.
3. Try out different training methods.
This third tip comes with a caveat: make sure you get a coach, don’t improvise. The beginning of the new season might be the best time to try out new training methods. For example, you and your coach might decide to focus more on quality work and on increasing the length of time you can perform at your V02max. This will certainly mean a decrease in your overall training load, but it might really improve your performances in the long run.
The key to effective off-season training is to find the right balance between an ambitious training plan and your own characteristics.
Identify your strengths and work on them, identify your weaknesses and try to improve on them during the first part of the season.
Not all you have got to do is…train!