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Training Tips From USAT’s Coach Of The Year

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Mar 5, 2012
  • Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM UTC
Photo: USA Triathlon/ Paul Phillips


>>Prioritize key workouts
When the pair started working together, Jorgensen was working crazy hours as an accountant, not leaving much time for training. “We were limited in the beginning to how much volume she could really handle. A lot of pro triathletes are training in the 20–25-hour zone and there’s no way she would have the time and energy to be able to do that,” Bannink says. But as she progressed, Jorgensen slowly moved away from the accounting world and committed herself full-time to triathlon. “The progression she made—she had to make it at her own rate. For her, it worked out perfect, now she’s committed to having triathlon be her job. Now she can invest in her training and what goes into it.”

Bannink says in order to keep Jorgensen training at a high level, they had to focus on key sessions where she would improve the most, which meant working on bike skills and power and getting back in the pool. “Be smart about how you’re structuring your training and that you’re not just throwing in stuff in there for the sake of adding volume,” Bannink says. “Have a purpose for every workout. Have a clear assessment of your skills and focus on the areas where you can make the most improvement. For my athletes, that’s having a tempo or threshold day. If you’re unsure of your true limiters, that’s where a coach can come in and help.”

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a senior editor at Triathlete magazine, a four-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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