It’s officially the “off season”. The time, usually the Winter, when you get to sleep in on the weekends, have fun with your workouts, focus on weaknesses, and indulge a little. As fun and amazing as that sounds, it’s been a little challenging for me to not have a set routine or schedule. Where’s my Team in Training calendar or my training log?! I have my first Ironman in a distant 10+ months, but I keep second-guessing myself in this supposed “off” time. Should I be swimming more (my biggest weakness)? Should I be weight training? Speed workouts at the track to get faster? Resting completely until January/February? Building up some base mileage on the bike? What should I be doing, fellow triathletes?!
Post-Chicago Marathon I have been focusing on what’s enjoyable — short bike rides with friends, longer runs for enjoyment, absolutely zero swimming (oops), spin classes, and weight training. I don’t want to burn out too early by doing too much this winter and risk injury, but I also want to take advantage of this time that I have. Maybe it’s time to get back in that pool or Aquatic Park so I’m not completely terrified for Escape from Alcatraz and eventually Ironman Lake Tahoe.
I was listening to a podcast episode from Endurance Planet and they recommended adding weight and strength training in the off season to build some much-needed muscle. They said that it’s common for endurance athletes to actually be fairly weak (I can relate to that – I can’t do a pull-up!) and it’s important to address those weaknesses, especially when you have more time.
Ok triathlon world. What do YOU do in the off season?
Thanks. Swim. Bike. Run. Eat Plants.