Endurance Athletes / Triathletes in particular, please take note:
Anyone who is likely to spend hours in a day most days of the week training for a triathlon, but not giving your body what else it needs in order to recover and respond optimally, now is the time to reassess your thoughts on potentially punishing yourselves into adaption - which we like to refer to as fitness…
Sure, quantity is important in many cases; especially where the volume of your race means volume during training is likely required. But are you training as efficiently as you can AND giving your body the rest it needs to adapt properly to all the load, given that most of us are quite busy people even without the training?
We are conditioned to take on HUGE amounts of stress in our lives, so much we may not even realise how stressed we are due to such adaption. This is not just work, emotional or family stress but amongst many other things, also the huge physical loads of endurance training on top of all this can decrease our bodies’ response to stress over time (which can link to disorder and dysfunction). Particularly, if we are not nourishing our body with ample recovery, nutrition and balancing potentially imbalanced mechanics at the same time (anyone suffering from that “niggly injury” that randomly keeps re-appearing?)
By increasing the physical load, it is even more essential that we are giving it the nourishment it needs in order to recover from it.
By taking a more holistic approach with training, you take on more of a nourishing over punishing attitude. You tend to treat your body with more of the respect you deserve. You are responsive earlier and have a preventative rather than reactive attitude. You think about how you will pull up in the long term of your life and plan this NOW. You don’t have a die-hard attitude because you don’t really want to “die hard”. Your mental strength mantra is “less is more, not more is more”. AND most importantly you get the results and are fitter, happier and more balanced for it.
How do you nourish your body so it becomes stronger, not weaker over time? How do you get results you truly desire, not just throw yourself blindly into a training regime and hope for the best, even if you may not be able to cope?
Do you understand how incredibly important rest, sleep, ample nutrition and conditioning your weaknesses are compared to just training in itself? Training should be a term, which encompasses all of these attitudes, not just focusing on the meal the night before getting up at 5am for a long ride (with your ration of GUs, Endura and water to get through the ride) then eating a feast afterwards and maybe doing a couple minutes of stretching while trying not to pass out.
That’s a reactive attitude. You simply may not realise just how much your body needs to do outside of this, before and afterwards. And how much of a difference it would make to how your body copes, even when it is not training.
Do you treat each of your training sessions with as much importance as the race you are training for? If not, WHY NOT?
If you have a pelvic misalignment or weaknesses in muscles surrounding the hip/femur areas and are doing loads of running, then have a niggly and ongoing knee injury do you think just treating the knee will solve the problem? This is another example of a reactive attitude.
I always say, what’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If this applies to you with your training, body composition, race results, injury or dysfunction, news is you either don’t listen to your body enough, or don’t know what to listen to or what do to – that’s not your fault, but I’m here now to teach you how to listen to it and what to do. Invest the time and efforts into your sanity and the rest will follow, as you grow wiser to what you should actually be doing, for YOU, not anyone else.
We all have one body to look after. Most of the issue is we are not equipped with a manual and our society is of quite a competitive, quick fix nature. Competitive is fine, if you are not trying to train like your counterparts who may have incredibly different biomechanics and biochemistry to you. Do you know how to train efficiently for your body and according to your biomechanics? Quick fix mentality is usually money-driven so don’t buy into it (if you know what you are looking for)…
A nurturing, proactive, quality over quantity attitude is not a sign of weakness. It means empowerment mentally and physically. It is an attitude of the elite. It provides a greater chance at being healthier, going for longer in the long term, as well as getting better results.
If you want to talk more about this, I will be happy to answer any of your questions. I look forward to helping. You can book online here.
The main purpose of my coaching when it comes to endurance athletes in particular, is to infiltrate a more balanced attitude towards training, and a more nourishing attitude towards your body in order to help you to achieve greater efficiency, a more balanced life and better results. I am here to teach you about what else to look out for, what signs you might not realise you are ignoring that you need to address, when it is better to take a rest day rather than to keep going, and I’ll talk with a paper bag over my head under water about the human stress response - and more importantly WHY it is so important to you as a triathlete, how your training load affects it and how it affects so many other aspects of your life.
Things I put particular focus on when assessing endurance racing and training: