GET SOME NUMBERS – TRAIN ON TARGET
Investing in some physiological testing is one of the most valuable things you can do to help you train with more specificity. If you are on a budget, you can run a simple Functional Threshold Power (FTP) test on your own. Or, if you have some data files from races or harder workouts, you can make a rough estimation based on the numbers therein. Knowing your threshold values and understanding how to apply appropriate training stress in and around those values will help you be more deliberate and on target.
Consistent workouts on a daily basis, week in and week out, will beat infrequently executed epic days every time. Unfortunately, many athletes find themselves doing an epic day every once in a while. The main reason for this is that consistency is hard. It’s not easy to get up every single day and get the work done. If workouts are missed the tendency is to lump a bunch of sessions into one epic day, but this approach can lead to injury, sickness or over-reaching if the body is not ready for such a big stress load. Consistently executing workouts on a daily basis might be the single most important thing you can do to nail your upcoming season, even if those workouts don’t fall into the epic category.
RACE SHORT AND RACE FREQUENTLY
Triathlon has evolved in the last two decades. With the growth of the Ironman brand has come an ever-increasing desire for athletes to complete longer events. The trouble with long events is that it’s hard to do them with a high degree of frequency. Athletes often forget that there is an abundance of grassroots, short-course races to be had. Even sprint-distance racing will improve your long game. Start lines help you sharpen your skills, gain mental fortitude and are a great training stress. Furthermore, they are easy to recover from, which makes it possible to back up multiple race weekends without much risk.