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Adding Swim and Bike Workouts To A Marathon Schedule
July 26, 2023 6:43 PM
If you've added a single-discipline race (eg: running, cycling) to your profile, as well as a multi-discipline race (eg: triathlon, swimrun, duathlon), you may find that your training in the MōTTIV training app is focused specifically on the single-discipline race for certain periods of time.
FOR EXAMPLE: if you have a marathon scheduled, followed by a triathlon, you may find that you only have run workouts in your schedule leading into the running race.
But some athletes doing running-only races still want to do bike and swim workouts.
Here's how you can manually add other workouts to your schedule!
- Click "SCHEDULE"
- Under "Current Training Focus", you'll see a blue + symbol under the days of the week where you have room to add workouts
- Click the + symbol, and the dropdown will offer you workouts that are available to you to add based on your settings
- Don't forget to click "Update Training Plan" to save the new workout plan
NOTE: You can only have one strength training session per week DURING race season.
WHY CAN I ONLY HAVE ONE STRENGTH SESSION DURING RACE SEASON?
When you are in race prep season, the pounding the body takes from triathlon training is more than enough. If you did three strength sessions a week on top of the triathlon training, not only would you risk overtraining/burnout/injury, you'd get to a point where your body would be so overworked that you would have no benefit from the strength. You'd also be cutting into your gains in endurance.
When people continue multiple strength sessions per week during race season, they often find they they plateau in their training or even find they're somehow getting slower.
In other words, more is NOT better. This is called the point of diminishing returns.
It's also important to note that your race season strength sessions are light, mobility sessions to keep the body loose and moving well. As we mentioned above, this isn't the time to be trying to build muscle -- race prep season is when endurance is most important, not building muscle!
When you're back into the off-season, you'll be able to have three strength per week again.
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