Monday 28 September 2015

Triathletes - Why You Need an End of Season Break

So the triathlon season is at an end now for most people racing in the UK.  You've trained hard all year and then raced hard too.  If you've had a good season you are probably on a high and still keen to keep going.  If on the other hand it hasn't gone so well you are probably analysing what you could do better and also keen to keep going.

This will be the worst thing you can do!  Either way, you both physically and mentally need a break.  It doesn't have to be long, just enough to re-charge the batteries. 

5 reasons why it is important that you do take some time out at the end of your season:
  • Will help prevent getting injured at a later date;
  • Will help prevent illnesses and fatigue;
  • Your body needs to adapt to the hard work and it does this when you recover/rest;
  • Make time for your family and friends who you may have neglected over the summer;
  • Starting afresh will give you a renewed energy when you start back.

I would advise taking at least 1 week off training completely but preferably 2.  Then spend 2-3 weeks of doing short light swims, bikes and runs which very gradually build over these coming weeks.  You will then be ready at the end of this to start your base conditioning winter work.

Happy resting!

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