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Nov 20, 2014
How to start building your training plan for next season
In my work with athletes seeking personal coaching, one of the things I ask them to do is to reflect back on the previous season. The second thing I ask them to do is look forward to next season. These two items help me assemble the foundation of the training plan heading into next season. With a few simple questions, we can set direction for the next race season while using information from the previous season. We use what worked well in the past season, while avoiding mistakes of the past. Perhaps these questions will help you too. ...
Oct 16, 2014
Training plans are intentional progressions to bring athletes to a new level of fitness
Hi Gale, I saw your twitter feed commenting on the difference between exercise and training. Though you referenced another columnist, can you expand on your thoughts some more? I'm a big fan and I've used several of your training plans. I know they work. Now that I'm gaining more experience as an endurance athlete, I'm more interested in understanding why your plans work. Any information you can give to help me learn (without giving away secrets!) is much appreciated. Regards, C.S. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hi C.S. ~ First, thank you for letting me know my plans help you succeed! In short,...
Nov 26, 2013
Lots of Workouts to Help Keep Your Training Plan Fresh
I received great news that my trademark for the product concept of Workouts in a Binder® was renewed. You can find four different editions of this product on the website. The first product, Swim Workouts for Triathletes: Practical Workouts to Build Speed, Strength, and Endurance includes workouts for triathletes and swimmers alike. If you get bored doing the same sets over and over, check out this waterproof book (yes, take it to the pool deck!) to find 80 different workouts to help you go faster or farther. There are training plans included too. Also for swimmers is Workouts in a...
Nov 07, 2013
Why do you do the” crazy” things you do?
I’ve been known to do some things (usually endurance sport related – swimming, cycling, running, hiking, etc.) in the past, and I can guarantee there will be more in the future, that by some people’s standards are “crazy.” Other people find these adventures inspiring. I’m aware there is often a fine line between grand adventure and crazy adventure. Someone recently asked me, “Why?” There isn’t a single reason why, but many. I’ll give my partial list; maybe you recognize a few of these on your own list? I do things because I’m not always sure I can pull it off....
Sep 09, 2013
How tired should I feel during my training plan?
Your training plan is designed to stress your body. All training plans (triathlon, running and cycling) also include recovery days and weeks. It is normal to feel fatigued or tired after workouts designed to take your body and fitness to the next level. If you start to feel “wiped out” consider taking one of the optional workouts as a day off, or cutting back your next workout. It is often life (job, family and friend) stress that can tip you over the edge and bring on an illness. You will notice when life is mostly smooth, it is easier to...