Tri Talk Tuesday: Off Season

Oh Heyyyyy.

Guess what's back?  Yup, it's Tri Talk Tuesday!  And, the lovely Courtney and Cynthia have asked if I'd like to co-host.  So of course I said yes!  Instead of a weekly post, we're keeping it to once a month on the first Tuesday of every month.

This months theme?  The Off Season.  Which is totally appropriate for about 90% of the people that read this blog because WINTER IS COMING and that means no more racing.  It also means most of us get relegated to the indoors.  Booooo!

As much as I love to race, I also enjoy the off season.  It gives me a chance to rest and recover.  It also gives me a chance to shift my focus to the little things that I don't always have time to focus on while training and racing.   I know many people are at a loss when their season ends but that doesn't have to be the case.  There are plenty of things to do in the off season.

1.  Lift Heavy and Lift Often:   My favourite things to do in the off season is strength train.  I strength train year round but in the off season I tend to lift heavier.  When you're not racing, your body can take the extra physiological load.  There are so many benefits to lifting and off season is the best time to really get into it.  It's a great way to develop strength and power for all three sports. 

2.  Drills, Drills & More Drills:  Off season is the best time to work on technique.  Your workload is less, you don't need to go hard so take the time to incorporate drills into your workouts.  There are fabulous drills for swimming, cycling and running.  Regular technique work will help improve efficiency and that will help improve performance. 

3.  The Weakest Link:  Most of us age group triathletes have ONE weak link in the three sport chain.  Take the off season to put more time into that sport.  Mine is swimming.  If I could practice open water swim year round, I'd have it made but alas, I am relegated to a pool for 9 months out of the year.  So, I swim 3-4 times a week in my off season.

4.  It's the Little Things:  This almost goes hand in hand with number one.  As much as I love lifting heavy, there has to be a focus on the smaller muscles and range of motion as well.  I've learned this the hard way this year.   Too many dominant large muscle groups can cause a whole lot of problems.   So while I'm still lifting heavy, I've also added pilates into my life.  It focuses on little movements that don't seem like much but add up to a lot.  It takes care of most of the smaller muscles I neglect when lifting and it helps increase my range of motion.  It also helps you become very aware of how your body moves which is something I never really thought about while I was training.  I'm definitely paying much more attention to my form which is never a bad thing.

Is there anything you'd add to this list?