Recently, I overheard a conversation between triathletes discussing their post-season training and eating habits. The less structured training regimen was a welcome break from early mornings and long, grueling Ironman sessions that took priority over family, work, and play, but they seemed to mourn their race-season physique. How, they wondered, could they maintain it year-round?
For most triathletes, triathlon “off season” is quickly approaching. Many athletes welcome this unstructured, gadget free training cycle. It is a time to train just for fun, with no pressure of reaching heart rate and wattage zones, mile splits or swim set PR’s. Off-season provides the opportunity to rejuvenate our bodies and minds, but this is not the time to become relaxed with food choices.
Although your workouts become less strenuous with efforts no harder than zone II 90% of the time, off-season is a GREAT time to focus on your nutrition training. Yes, you read that correctly, nutrition training. [Read more…]