THE TIME-CRUNCHED TRIATHLETE
Admit it. Most of us multisport types have Type
personalities. We’ve got lots on the go, and are always struggling to find the time we’d like to put into our training. Whether you’re looking to become a triathlete or are a seasoned triathlete, finding the time for training can a limiting factor. Life gets in the way – changes in our personal and professional responsibilities mean we need to frequently re- evaluate our goals and
A new training paradigm
For time- crunched triathletes, highvolume and extended-time training programs, which have been used for many decades and rely on the concept of periodization, pose a real issue. Put simply, many do not have the time to follow those kind of training plans.
How, then, is it possible to reap the same benefits from these classic training models in fewer hours? The answer is to manipulate your workload. Triathletes make progress when their training workload is high enough to stimulate positive adaptations in muscles and the cardiovascular system. As training time declines, one needs to compensate by utilizing higher intensities into short, structured workouts and, ideally, fit in a few longer efforts whenever time permits.
Triathlon Magazine Canada asked two coaches for their thoughts on time- crunched training:
COACHES WEIGH IN
Schedule shorter, focused training sessions during the workweek. Exercise first thing in the morning to dramatically increase the odds of getting sessions done.
LANCE WATSON, LIFESPORT COACHING, VICTORIA
SOFT-GROUND RUNNING. Tucson has an abundance of trails for mountain biking and running on soft ground. Not only do these trails pass by beautiful mountain scenery for your daily workouts, they also provide an alternative to pounding pavement for hours, giving your joints a break during the week of intense training.
4.A WEEK OF DISTRACTION-FREE TRAINING. Scheduling a training camp over the winter or spring not only breaks up the monotony of training at home (and likely indoors) while it’s cold – it also gives you the chance to train without the normal burdens of day-to- day life. Logistics planned for the week of workouts and adjusted to meet your needs. There’s little, if any, travel time between workout locations. Your days allow for some rest time so you can recover between sessions and hard days. And one great feature that makes Pace’s camp unique is that bike travel is taken care of. Pace has a van drive his athlete’s bikes down for them, so flying down is easy.