October 19, 2017
How did your first year in triathlon go? Hopefully you have had a well deserved break, so now is a good time to review your results and learn from your experiences.
Start your winter training with a clear vision of how to make improvements for next year. If your races all went to plan, why was that? Could you have been more ambitious? If your races didn’t go to plan, why not? Were your targets unrealistic? Did you not have enough time to train, or did injury hamper your season?
Winter needn’t be all about lots of steady hours over all 3 disciplines. Think about what you were good at and what you found difficult. Do you tend to avoid sessions that you find tough? Does your training consist of too many of your favourite workouts? Spending time on your weak points could take minutes off your next triathlon. For example, your limitations might be your swim technique, bike skills or hill running. In my previous article I mentioned that during your break you could focus on various skills. You can now incorporate all those skills and techniques learned a few weeks ago in to a more structured programme.
As well as working on any chinks in your armour, you need to have a plan that will lead you in to your main race(s) in the best possible shape. There are so many races on the triathlon calendar now that it can be mind boggling deciding which one to enter and therefore plan towards. Choose races that suit your strengths. Try not to pick a race that falls just after a potentially stressful time at work or after a planned holiday where training might be restricted. Don’t feel that you have to go up a distance in your next year of racing, especially if you are limited to few training hours. Why not aim for a faster time or a higher placing in your age group? It could be that you set your goals too high for your first year in triathlon and the distance was too challenging, therefore step down a distance and sharpen up over winter. Once you have decided upon the races to enter planning and training can commence!
Whatever race schedule you decide upon for next year it could be worth investing in a triathlon coach (www.thetrilife.com) who can guide you through your winter training and do all planning for you!