THE TIME-CRUNCHED TRIATH­LETE

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Front Page - BY KERRY HALE

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.

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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.

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