PLANNING FOR RECOVERY AND PROGRESS Build in recovery
REST FOR SUCCESS
WOULDN’T IT BE great if we could train with our own personalized crystal ball that allowed us to push the envelope by increasing our mileage and our intensity in pursuit of a fast triathlon, or back off and take some rest to avoid injury? While crystal balls are the stuff of fantasy, experience and training “smarts” can help make triathlon training a smoother process where you recognize injury predictors and avoid mistakes.
Injury-free training is a combination of having a well thought out plan and learning to train with intuition: increasing your awareness for how your body is doing. While a progressive training schedule along with a GPS watch, power meter and heart rate monitor will help you get faster, recovery is important emotionally: all athletes need downtime from the pursuit of goals and being psychologically engaged. Don’t wait until you are exhausted, sore or injured to take a rest. Planning recovery is as important as planning your pace, power and endurance progressions. Without recovery the body cannot absorb the training load or adapt to getting stronger. Training without recovery ultimately leads to diminishing returns: the sessions get progressively slower and slower as you tire over time, your form breaks down as you compensate for tired muscles, the runs get slower as you run less efficiently and on and on.