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Off Season Strength Training - Part One

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, chances are your triathlon season is done, or very close to being so.   Your weekly training volume should be decreasing as should the intensity of your workouts.    This lighter load in training volume is the perfect time to either increase your strength sessions, or, if you’re like the majority of triathletes I know, add it back into your routine.  


As I...

Monday Musings: Back at it



Hola!

I know some of you enjoyed reading about my weekly workouts so I'm bringing Monday Musings back for my build up to my two 70.3 races this year.  It's definitely going to be an interesting year given that my two big races are 5 weeks apart.  We'll see how this old bod of mine holds up to that.

This past week was my first really solid week of training since the beginning of the year. I'm feeling...

Maintaining Fitness in the Off Season

For many beginner triathletes, the off season is a funny place. What does off season mean?  Do you stop training?  How much rest is too much?  How do I structure my training?  These are some of the questions I've gotten as a coach and I will do my best to tackle them in this post.

I know when I started out in triathlon, after my last race of the season, I stopped training completely for at least a...

A Weird Week & Some Good News

I don't know if there is enough coffee in the world to wake me up this morning. This was a busy weekend. I'm 99.9% sure I'm done my Christmas shopping. We finally got our tree. I started my Christmas baking and we had a family get together that sapped a lot of energy out of me. Actually yesterday in general was just not a great day. I am feeling pretty shitty about a lot of things right now....

Tri Talk Tuesday - OFF SEASON

 Welcome back Tri Talk Tuesday peeps!  We're now back to monthly posts since most of us are heading into our off season.  Which is why Courtney, Cynthia and I thought it would be great to chat about the Off Season.   So, that's what today's theme is!


The off season is different for everyone. Some people take a few weeks off, some people take a few months off. The length of time I take off...

Friday Five: 5 Gut Busting Indoor Workouts

TGIF Guys!  Only one more week till I'm outta here and sitting on a beach.  I'm telling you it can't come soon enough.  Southern Ontario is in a serious deep freeze right now and that means I'm not stepping foot outside to do any sort of workout.   It's times like this that I'm thankful I'm not training for a spring marathon, ha ha. 

Since it's Friday, I'm linking up with the DC Trifecta Ladies (Co...

Making The Most of Your Off Season: Hit the Weights

Racing season has come to a close here in Canada.  That officially means it's OFF SEASON.  I don't know about you but I love the off season.  Some people dread it but I look at it as an opportunity to work on things that need improvement.  Not only is it a chance for your body to rest and recover but to re-build as well.

It's also a great time to work on strength and technique. If you remove the...

#GoalGetter2013 - November Update

Well folks, here we are, only 31 days left in 2013.   The holiday fun is literally just around the corner and I can't wait.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.  Let's take a look at now November went shall we?

Main goal? Work on my flexibility. I won't say EPIC fail but I'd say pretty close to it. I made it to yoga ONCE this month. ONCE. G has been 6 times in the last 10 days. WTH? Although, I have...

November Nuttiness + a Nutty Recipe

Here we are almost half way into November. I feel like I haven't been doing much yet I've been insanely busy, thus my lack of blogging. Weekends just seem to fly by. Weeks have been rolling into one an another and I'm becoming all too aware that we are creeping closer and closer to Christmas. I had my first red cup (Gingerbread Latte!) of the season on Saturday and, miracle of miracles, the...

#GoalGetter2013 - October Edition

Happy Halloween Folks!

Who's dressed up in costume today? Who's giving out candy tonight? Who's been eating candy for the past week and had to go back to the grocery store to get more? That would normally be me, however, this year, since Halloween happens to fall on a Thursday night and coincidentally my run group ALSO meets on Thursday nights I thought it might be fun to dress up in costume, do...

Not What I Kneed Right Now....

For the last couple of weeks, I've been feeling a lot creakier than normal, especially around my knees. G said it's just because I'm getting old. I'm sure that's probably a part of it but of course, I'm worried that it might be a bit more than that. For the last 3 weeks my knees have been achy and I've found the going up and down the stairs seems to really bother them. I am generally ok when I'm...

Hitting the Books & The Empty Miles

It's officially off season.  At this current moment in time, I have no more races on the calendar.  G and I are talking about doing a 5km New Years Eve race but that's just talk at this stage of the game. We'll see if that actually materializes into anything. I'm sure if I pester him a bit, we'll end up toeing the start line of that race in December. I think it would be a fun way to close out the...