Hi everyone! We’re human, we all make mistakes.
However, by avoiding the three very common training blunders I’m going to share with you, you will:
- improve your performance,
- get fitter and faster in less time,
- avoid injury and
- get far more satisfaction from being fit and feeling in control of your life.
I’m sure you’ll agree those are great results!
So, here are the big bad Three Mistakes of Training…
I realise it can be incredibly tough getting the regular training hours done in a week when you’re holding down a day job. To be honest though, there is no point in doing a huge amount of training one week and then very little the next. You are better off doing four consistent weeks, clocking in 12-15 hours of training rather than 25-30 hours one week and then five hours the next.
Consistent training will allow your body to adapt to the training and improve your fitness levels. If you’re inconsistent you won’t adapt as well and you run the risk of getting sick and injured.
2. Not listening to your body
This is a very common mistake made by especially triathletes. We don’t give ourselves the necessary time needed to physically and mentally recover from workouts. When you have a rest day that is exactly what you need to do… REST! Don’t try working in sessions on a rest day that you have missed during the week.
If a session is meant to be an easy recovery session then you need to do just that and not exert yourself, because then you won’t get the most out of the sessions where you need to push hard. Over-training is one of the biggest causes of burnout and injury.
We need to take our rest and recovery days just as seriously as we do our training days, so we can repair both our minds and bodies.
Holding back on training if you have a niggle or if you’re feeling exhausted is being clever and confident in your own instinct, knowing that you are not going to damage your training and your eventual performance.
3. Constant high intensity
“Always train fast to be able to race fast.” This mentality can only take you so far. It’s essential, regardless of the distance we race, to build our fitness base. In order for us to achieve true race pace we need a certain amount of endurance integrated into our training programme. This means sessions longer than race distance should be done at a slower speed than during the race.
Spending all of your time on speedwork will unfortunately not prepare your body for the transition from the bike to the run and this can also lead to injury. In my experience, when we constantly try and train above our fitness level, we’ll burnout and miss a lot of our goals at the end of our season.
That’s it folks, simple yet powerful
I hope that being aware of these three often-made mistakes helps you make the most of your training, whatever activities you enjoy. It doesn’t only apply to triathlon.
Most of all, I hope that you enjoy being fit and healthy, not injured and unhappy!