Training for a Triathlon is a time consuming affair with three separate disciplines to squeeze into busy lives. It tends to fail to include time for the fourth discipline of transition or any strength and conditioning work. Add into this the time spent drooling over new kit and researching what the best nutrition plans are then you may find it all overwhelming. All these challenges just increase the longer the distances you seek out for your races. Meaning that long two hour ride each week now becomes that long four hour ride, then six! We have written previously about tips for the time starved triathlete but this weeks blog looks at the challenges of seeking out some speed in the face of these time constraints. Are you training for health & fitness versus speed based training?
Triathlon Training Plans
I set weekly targets as part of my training plan with miles and hours spent to make sure the rest days don’t become rest weeks. But I have noticed while my fitness has been retained and general well-being it has to be said that speed seems to be slipping away from me. Being the wrong side of 30 I could attribute this to age. Ever the optimist getting older simply can’t happen so I find myself seeking other reasons for this drop in pace.
Non-focused training efforts
While my training miles continue to build due to the nature of my training I rarely get the chance to work on shorter faster sets with many slower long distances covered. Or even worse average distance and slower speed training sets. This is principally caused by coupling commuting with training where the handicaps of a heavy bag and busy routes make pace a secondary objective. The difference between quantity and quality essentially. I read recently that Andy Murray builds his stamina up through regular 400m running sets. A far cry from 12 miles of running each day with a 6 kg laptop bag.
Commuting only training
So can you limit your training to merely commuter miles and still compete for that podium position? Unfortunately I would tend to lean on unlikely as variety in your training continues to be the key to speed. So no more commuter miles ground out on a daily basis? I still see the value of this in terms of building up stamina with some double sessions and plenty of distance. But you need those evening sprint interval sessions and hill work to build some speed into your agenda. So consider this and your weekly efforts on health & fitness versus speed.
About the author – Billy gets his mileage quota in from running and cycling to work occasionally squeezing in some coached sessions