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Missing strength and/or yoga workouts
July 26, 2023 6:45 PM
You may have looked at your schedule for the upcoming week and noticed your strength and/or yoga workouts have either disappeared or decreased in number.
This article will explain the two reasons why, and how to bring strength and/or yoga workouts back into your schedule.
REASON #1: YOUR TRAINING FOCUS HAS CHANGED
- During the Off-Season, you can have up to three strength workouts and one yoga workout in your schedule per week.
- During Baseline training, you can have two strength workouts and one yoga workout.
- During Race Season, you can have maximum one strength session and one yoga session per week.
When you are into race-specific training, the pounding your body takes from triathlon training is more than enough. If you added three weight sessions a week on top of your endurance training, you'd risk overtraining/burnout/injury. You would also get to a point where your body would be so overworked that you would have no benefit from the strength AND you'd 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 start 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!
REASON #2: YOUR TRAINING HOURS HAVE CHANGED
When you move from Off-Season or Baseline into Race Season, we provide you with a new training plan to get you ready for your upcoming races.
We start that new plan with a basic number of hours, which may be fewer hours than you had in your previous Training Focus. If there are fewer hours in your new Training Focus, then the least critical workout types will have been removed from your new plan.
For example, you may have had 11 hours of training in Baseline, but as you flip into race-specific training, the basic number of hours may be 9. As such, optional workouts such as strength or yoga will disappear. See below for instructions on increasing your weekly hours and bringing back strength/yoga.
HOW TO BRING BACK YOUR STRENGTH AND YOGA WORKOUTS
If your training hours have decreased with your new training focus, you can easily increase them again to suit your schedule and goals.
- Click "SCHEDULE"
- Click the "CHANGE HOURS" button
- Use the slider to pick the number of hours you want
- Click the "UPDATE TRAINING PLAN" button to save your changes.
NOTE: You can only change your hours/schedule for the focus you're in right now. The changes you make today will not impact a FUTURE training focus. So, if you're in Baseline training today and your Race Season training starts next Monday, any changes you make today will only apply to the rest of this week. You won't be able to change your hours/schedule for your Race Season training until Monday, when you are IN the new training focus.
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