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Postby MikayP » Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:46 pm

i dont have any race lined up till the 1st of may. it is a big triathlon that i want to do well in and want to start training asap. my weaknesses are swimming and biking

the thing is that ive been getting different opinions on how to get my tri training going again. i run a ton, but probably going to do less since its a strength of mine and sometimes get mild pain unlike i used to

the different views that i get are to take a whole week off of training to get a full recover...or just take a week+ of easy training so you dont lose that immediate fitness you had

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Postby skoptic » Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:05 pm

Hi Mikay....

I suppose it depends on how you feel and what your usual training load is. After an ultra I tend to slouch for a week or so .. but then it's always a bit painful to get back into it! May is quite a long way off - so if your looking at training phases .. you've got plenty of time to work through prep, base, build & peak.

I tend to enjoy a bit of downtime and then go through the cycles again. I'm just starting the Prep phase for my next season... 33 weeks until my big event. I think it all depends on your mental and physical state (also how you image that'll be in 41/2 months) My training schedule for Ironman was good - but about 4 weeks to long and it really dragged me down a bit in the last month. It's tempting to want to to get out and train, train, train .. it helps the brain, which is a big part of it, just as long as it doesn't knacker the body :-)
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Postby chriss » Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:10 pm

I'm not into tri events, but run & climb lots, which leaves me pretty beaten, sore & generally aching. I go for time off every now & again to let my body recover. I listen to my body & take as much time as it needs some times a week some times two. So that I don't go stale I go for walks or non stressful activities. I also find it helps me mentally as I'm chomping at the bit to get back into the swing of training again.
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