Self Restraint

Tues – am: 2.5k swim, 1hr bike commute, PM: 20min PP bike session + run drills

I’m sure only fellow triathletes will understand the pride I take in managing to *NOT* train. But that is what i’d like to talk about today.

You see, on Tuesdays, I finish college one hour early. A whole extra, magical hour just drops out of the sky and falls into my arms. Perfect. The logical triathlete brain things: fantastic – extra training time! So, last week, I went for a long ride.

The problem is, Tuesday is meant to be a bit of an ‘easier’ day. By Tuesday my legs should be weary from the efforts of Sunday’s ride and Monday’s run, and the key session is the morning swim.

Quite simply: I don’t need to do MORE, I need to do what I am doing WELL.

So, I will admit, I still biked a bit tonight, but I just did a few hard laps (spend 10mins with goal of : overtake the other bloke, 10 mins of ‘hard up the long side’, ‘easy on the short side’), then I just did a load of stretching and some running drills.

Stretching and drills, though they may not seem like the real ‘hard work’ are actually pretty important. Good tecnique is… well.. good. And if every part of you is as stiff as an ironing board soaked in starch then good tecnique will probably be quite tricky.

A friend of mine, who now has a fantastic coach, told me that as soon as she found herself with a bit of spare time, he scheduled her extra streching, not extra training.

Just becuase a couple of extra hours appear in my day, it doesnt mean that my body suddenly has super powers to perform extra hard, all the time. Hopefully i’ll keep this in mind in future..

Published by michellearthursbrennan

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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