THE TIME-CRUNCHED TRIATH­LETE

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - GEAR - BY KERRY HALE

AA dmit 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. re-al­lo­cate our lim­ited time and re­sources.

But be­ing time-crunched shouldn’t au­to­mat­i­cally doom us to the mis­ery of be­ing a slow, in­ef­fec­tive and non-com­pet­i­tive triath­lete. While there are no short­cuts to fit­ness, ad­vances in train­ing meth­ods, tech­nol­ogy and coach­ing pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to ef­fec­tively get more done in less time, en­abling time-crunched ath­letes to gain fit­ness, con­fi­dence and, in many cases, even set PB’S. 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:

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