A handful of insights from seasoned triathletes on what you can do this off-season to make yourself a better runner next year.
If you’re a bit fatigued from a long season of training and racing, maybe it’s time to put up your feet and relax, or to go on a vacation that doesn’t include swimming, cycling or running.
Taking a break after a long season of training and racing is crucial, especially from a running perspective. It can help your body get over nagging injuries that are accentuated by the high-impact pounding of long runs and speed workouts. It can give your body a clean slate to start retooling for next year, especially when it comes to rebuilding your aerobic base. And, perhaps best of all, it can help you clear your mind of any excess baggage from your recently completed season so that you can focus on new goals for next year.
Here are a handful of insights from seasoned triathletes on what you can do this off-season to make yourself a better runner next year.
Taking time to unwind and stop training (and stop thinking about training) is important. Most coaches recommend a period of at least three weeks after your last race to hang up your superhero costume and live life like a regular (non-triathlete) person. It’s that not you should be a complete slacker and fall into bad habits, but it’s a perfect chance to make up for the everything you missed during your busy season of training and racing such as going to the movies, cleaning out your garage, reading a good book or spending time with your significant other or family.
But that doesn’t mean you should be a total veg when it comes to exercising. Use this time to be healthy in a comfortable, non-obsessive way. Stay active, but don’t think about workouts. Just do what you feel like. That might mean jogging three miles with a friend from work. Or simply running around a local park for 15 to 20 minutes. But don’t wear a watch or keep a training log.