Today's blog entry is all about meshing your workouts and finding out what works & what doesn't...
As Multisport athletes we have a lot going on. Family-time, train, life, train, eat, train, sleep, train, work, train.... see the pattern here? It can be really tough at times to bring all of the training together without feeling overwhelmed. While you can read our quick take on finding balance HERE - in this article we'll give a few tips on specific workouts and making things mesh.
Figure out what works! - This sounds really simple, but should never be overlooked. If you're a strong swimmer with little to no anxiety about open water swims then don't spend buckets of time perfecting your swim stroke or rehearsing swim drills at the local pool. Be confident in your abilities here and keep them in "the bank" for race days. The same holds true for running & cycling. If you're strong in one discipline, don't put extra stress on yourself attempting to gain minimal improvements for it.
Figure our what doesn't work! - This one is by far easier to understand. If you're a slow cyclist or inefficient runner - focus on making improvements in these disciplines. Not all at once, not overnight and not with magical unicorn dust - but by starting small and improving one small aspect within each. Maybe you're a heel striker during the run. If so, focus on landing midfoot during training or skills drills. If you're terrible at climbing hills on the bike, find local hills in your neighborhood and make your goal to climb halfway up on the bike. Then 3/4 of the way, and then the whole way up.
Breakthrough workouts - There are a thousand different ways to plan, train & race. What works for Jane Doe might be terrible for Jane Smith. A key aspect for everyone (or their coaches) to look at are "breakthrough workouts". These are key sessions each week (or timed with a training plan and schedule) that emphasize having a great workout for a specific discipline. This might be swimming a certain time or distance at a specific pace. It could be riding a local course ONLY in the aero position. Maybe it's running hill repeats until your sneakers catch fire. These sessions build athletic ability, mental confidence & help you to see results as time goes on.
Make it a routine - Sometimes the best way to fit in all your training goals are to make them daily or weekly routines that blend with your other life commitments. EXAMPLE - The kids need to be dropped off at school daily at a set time. How far is the school? Within walking or biking distance? If so, why not get a warmup or short training session in with while pushing the stroller or pulling them along with the bike? Have yard work or house work to tackle? No problem! Do it at a faster pace than normal (within reason of course). Get your heart rate up a bit and treat it like a warmup or mini session.
Keep calm & be flexible - Training is exercise + recovery. NOT exercise, stress, training, push-harder & burnout as a lot of athletes find out the hard way. The most important aspect of any plan is to rest, recover & to remain flexible. If your day gets hectic or stress at work is higher than normal, make your training session shorter, easier or non-existent. Should you skip multiple days each week? Not if you have goals for race-days you'd like to achieve. But once in a while it's okay to hit the reboot button and start fresh the next day. This can sometimes lead to the best sets or sessions of the whole month 😉
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Author: JB Tobin | This article is for reference purposes only and is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any ailments or sports related conditions. Always seek professional medical advice.