THE TIME-CRUNCHED TRIATHLETE
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: