Monday, September 12, 2011

Winding Down

Triathlon season is slowing down.  There's a couple of marathons on the horizon, Top of Utah, St. George, and Ironman Arizona, of course.  But for many triathletes, the regimented training programs taper down in favor of REST!

Bob Seebohar, the nutritionist guru with a whole bunch of letters after his name, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.S.C.S. had this to say about end of the season training.

"If you allow your body to do one thing during this cycle, it should be to learn the difference between training and exercising.  This is the most important point you can emphasize as you move from your competition season to your off-season.  Let me explain this further.  During this cycle most athletes take a couple of weeks to a couple of months of downtime from their primary sport to rejuvenate their bodies and minds.  This is a very necessary component of the sport and well-deserved after coming off of a long competition season.  If you continue to follow a structured training program, as you have been the last 8-11 months, then you are not in an off-season.

One of the best things you can do to improve metabolic efficiency is to reduce the intensity of your exercise and focus on aerobic exercise once again.  I usually do NOT promote the use of heart rate monitors or other pieces of technology as monitoring devices during this time of year.  Use subjective measures such as rate of perceived exertion as cues and by all means, have fun.  Make the mental switch from "training" to "exercising, focus on aerobic activity and try new ways to get the heart pumping."

Or in other words, ski season is on the horizon.

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