It's no secret that training for Triathlon can be hard on the body. As athletes, we push through a lot of pain during the season. The off season is the perfect time to take a step back and reset. Without focusing on those "issues" that plagued your season, they will just come back. And sometimes, they will come back much worse.
Focus on Strength
The absence of in-season fatigue gives us a rare chance to “reprogram’ the body.
It’s called “Strength & Conditioning”. Triathletes are experts on the conditioning part.
Over the course of the season we optimize our performance through compensation.
So how should we “reprogram” our bodies?
We all have imbalances and lingering injuries. The key is to identify the main causes behind these issues.
Take a step back and look at your body as a whole. What kind of annoyances have been plaguing you all season long? What has gone away with rest? What seems to have gotten worse?
The tricky part is to connect all the dots here. Don’t just listen to some generic “quick fix” that you saw online. Your body is unique and should be addressed the same way.
An effective program should first identify what is the root issue as well as secondary and tertiary issues. The program should aim to address the main issue and avoid any exercises whose integrity are compromised by the imbalances.
Biggest improvements will come from what seem like the simplest and easiest exercises. The key is performing them with extreme awareness.
If you are interested in learning more about truly personalizing your offseason program, visit: Peakathleticperformance.org
-Christopher J. Lee:
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist,
Corrective Exercise Specialist,
Functional Movement Systems Lvl. 1,
B.S. Exercise Science & Physical Education,
Former Head Coach University of Colorado Swimming,
Stages Cycling Certified