Method­ol­ogy Mat­ters

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - TRANSITION -

No one can ar­gue the fact that ev­ery ath­lete is dif­fer­ent and that a one-size-fits-all ap­proach does not work. The key is to de­velop your own in­ven­tory of what works best for you. Once you de­cide on this phi­los­o­phy/method­ol­ogy, stick to it. Rein­vent­ing the wheel over and over is a per­ilous ap­proach and con­sis­tency is vi­tal.

“Defin­ing your method­ol­ogy may be a case of trail and er­ror and it does take time to de­ter­mine what works best,” says Mad­sen. “You need to rely on your log­book in­for­ma­tion to help fig­ure this out. You need to con­sider such things as tim­ing of daily work­outs, time re­quired for rest and re­cov­ery, the types of work­outs that work best for your own spe­cific fit­ness goals, and just how many work­outs and kilo­me­tres are needed to reach your ob­jec­tives.

“One thing I’ve re­learned in my pro ca­reer and train­ing with many other dif­fer­ent pros is that what works for one ath­lete might not work for an­other. Fig­ur­ing out your method­ol­ogy can be tricky and of­ten this is re­ally where many self­coached ath­letes get con­fused.”

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