Off Season

It is October, Autumn has arrived, the leafs are falling and changing colors (not really here in Florida), and you have no more races on your calendar. It is the Off Season! Time to look at our season, plan our next season, and relax a little from racing.

However, off season does not mean no training. It means that it is time to build skills, rest, and maintain your fitness. So how do we do all that? We apply the following principles to our training plan so that we have a wonderful off season!

Developing skills in the off season can be achieved by what is called block training (or block periodization). This principle tells us to focus on specific abilities during training blocks (i.e. a block that lasts 2 to 4 weeks). For triathletes it means focusing on one of the 3 sports for a determined amount of time, for example: have 3 weeks that are focused on developing running skills. During these 3 weeks you will also bike and swim, however the focus is on running.

Now that we have our blocks we also have to make sure that we are not burning ourselves out. This is the off season remember? It is time to rest too. It is important to have an inverse relation between volume and intensity.

Huh? If the training volume is high (you are spending a lot of hours training), the intensity should be low (your level of fatigue from all those hours training should be relatively low). By applying this principle you will make sure to be well rested, but will be training enough to achieve our third off season goal: maintain fitness!

As much as we are resting from our previous season we are also preparing for our next season, therefore maintaining our fitness will ensure we already have a good training base and that we are ready to face a new season, great races, and new challenges!

So remember to focus on specific abilities (training blocks), rest (do not burn out), and maintain your fitness through the Autumn and Winter!

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