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How To Deal With Missing A Workout

  • By Chris Carmichael
  • Published Jul 17, 2012
  • Updated May 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM UTC
Photo: iStock


You missed a workout—it happens. Here’s what to do to get your training back on track.

It’s a common scenario: You have your training plan completely mapped out for the week and one of your kids gets sick. Or your boss springs a must-get-done-now project on you. So, what do you do now? Double up? Go on like nothing happened?

There’s no one-size-fits-all response to missing a workout due to a schedule conflict. How you respond depends on what type of workout you missed, how much training you missed and where you are in your training plan.

You missed an endurance workout. Most triathletes really look forward to their long workouts, if for no other reason than to have a little “me” time. But in the big picture, endurance is rarely the limiting factor that prevents athletes from achieving their goals, and missing the occasional endurance workout has only a minor impact on your progress. Let it be and move on with your training schedule as planned.

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