It’s cold and dark, it’s a long time to any race… and the last thing I feel like doing is training!
The Christmas markets and mulled wine have more appeal than a brick session. I know it’s the off season… but it all seems to be slipping away!
Here are 5 things that work for me….
1. Swim, Swim, Swim
I keep up at least 3 swim sessions a week, staying connected with my stroke and working on technique problems. This is “money in the bank” for next season and the pool is alway open, no matter the weather.
2. Cross Train
Time to do some non tri-stuff is fun for me… so far this year I have been gravel biking, ice skating, cross country skiing and hiking in the hills.
What a saviour! Training sessions, races, academy… they have all helped me stay sane. The thought of trying to do all that on a dumb turbo is horrible.
Check out my pain cave set-up –Here
4. Core Strength
This has been a 3x per week staple. Maybe not much fun, but I have started to notice some nice side effects. The first one is that I seem to have stopped making “old man noises” every time I get out an armchair.
5. Kill the metrics
My current training peaks TSS score is down at 70ish and will stay there or lower until next year… I will drive it up to 120ish come racing season. Aim of my off season is to rebuild… plenty of time next year to have a stress score…. and it’s much better to take a break in December than burn out by June!
Let me know if these tips were helpful!