End­lessly train­ing with­out a goal is some­thing many of us are guilty of – along­side en­ter­ing races on im­pulse! Here’s how to prop­erly struc­ture your triathlon year

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Expert Advice -

Re­gard­less of the end goal, hav­ing a plan for how to get there is cru­cial. Many, many ath­letes in­stead seem to move from one week to the next, one month to the next and even one year to the next with­out any real path­way of how to achieve their tar­gets. It’s pos­si­ble that there will be some suc­cess but with­out a clear plan an ath­lete will strug­gle to meet their po­ten­tial. With­out a plan how can you know if your train­ing ses­sions have been suc­cess­ful? If there’s no ob­jec­tive how can you mea­sure what you’ve com­pleted? In­stead, you will sim­ply be mov­ing from one ses­sion to the next with­out any pur­pose.

This is where a coach can be help­ful as they will chal­lenge you to look at what you’re cur­rently do­ing and will of­fer ad­vice on how to change the old rou­tine. The process of plan­ning must start with eval­u­at­ing your cur­rent per­for­mances and ask­ing ques­tions about where you need to im­prove, then ex­e­cut­ing the new plan and con­stantly re-eval­u­at­ing. The rea­sons for not plan­ning can in­clude be­ing lazy or be­ing happy with what is com­fort­able, but in or­der to see real change there must be a plan!

“Rea­sons for not plan­ning can in­clude be­ing lazy, or happy with what feels com­fort­able”


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