JESS LEAR­MONTH

Thanks to four top-10 World Tri Se­ries fin­ishes, 2017 was a stel­lar year for the 29-year-old Brit. Here she shares her tips for a strong off-sea­son

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Ris­ing GB star Jess shares her top tips for the off-sea­son

1 DON’T PLAY CATCH-UP

No­body has the per­fect win­ter of train­ing – snif­fles and colds do and will hap­pen. If you miss a ses­sion, just for­get it and move onto the next ses­sion. Play­ing catch-up is al­ways a bad idea and will have knock-on ef­fects for your other train­ing. It’s cer­tainly eas­ier said than done, but for me it’s a no go.

2 STICK TO THE PRO­GRAMME

I find hav­ing a bit of a pro­gramme and struc­ture in the off-sea­son re­ally helps. This was es­pe­cially im­por­tant when I was work­ing [as a per­sonal trainer] and jug­gling train­ing when it gets dark at 4pm, which can be a real strug­gle and pretty de­press­ing. Some­thing as sim­ple as hav­ing your train­ing mapped out on a calendar makes it much eas­ier to remember where you should be!

3 STRENGTH AND DRILLS

Use the off-sea­son to hit the gym and work on your weak­nesses. I in­crease my gym ses­sions from two to three times per week dur­ing this time. As I don’t do any run ses­sions un­til the new year I spend time work­ing on run drills. I wear drag shorts in the pool, use pad­dles, do some fly and a bit of IM [in­di­vid­ual med­ley]. This all helps with strength, which car­ries through to the sum­mer and helps me to stay in­jury-free.

4 SPICE IT UP

Keep­ing mo­ti­vated to train through a Bri­tish win­ter can be tough. Try mix­ing your train­ing up and do dif­fer­ent things. I like to moun­tain bike once a week as it’s good for strength, tech­ni­cal skills and is just some­thing dif­fer­ent to the nor­mal road ride.

5 LET YOUR HAIR DOWN

The world of tri can be quite in­tense, es­pe­cially dur­ing race sea­son. I use this time to re­lax and do the things I can’t do as much in the sum­mer. I try to see friends and fam­ily that I might have ne­glected a lit­tle, go out for nice meals, go to the odd gig and have a few beers.

6 BEAT THE DARK NIGHTS

When I was jug­gling work and train­ing in the off-sea­son, it was dark when I got home. In­stead of run­ning along lit roads, I’d run with a head torch so I was able to keep my usual loops in. How­ever, it could be scary through fields and woods, mainly due to farm an­i­mals! I also tried to com­mute to work as much as pos­si­ble. This just saves time and keeps you mo­ti­vated to ride, es­pe­cially as once you’ve com­mit­ted to ride there, you’ve no choice but to ride back, re­gard­less of weather.

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