In The Time-Crunched Triathlete: Race-Winning Fitness in 8 Hours a Week, Chris Carmichael and Jim Rutberg advance some familiar, but rather radical training ideas for non-elite athletes. In Part 1, we explored the relevancy of the traditional training periodization model for age-grouper athletes. In Part 2, we discussed how much of the schedule should be defined by free time, and how much by age of the athlete. In this post, we want to understand what it takes to put theory into action.
Paul Tyler: “What are the most important habits to build in order to stick with a plan like yours through the entire season?”
“1. Consistency: When you’re on a program that’s designed to have fewer training sessions per week (4-5 compared with some programs that call for 10 per week), the consequences of missing a workout increase. At the same time, we’ve found that busy triathletes have an easier time carving out fewer, longer sessions compared to more frequent, shorter sessions.
2. Recovery: time-crunched athletes are busy people, and those demanding lifestyles can really take a toll on recovery between training sessions. The athletes who perform best on the Time-Crunched Triathlete Program are the ones who take a proactive approach to recovery. That means they are conscious of their nutrition, hydration, and sleep habits during the days between workouts, as well as before and after their training sessions themselves.
3. Pragmatism: There’s no doubt the program works, but athletes need to maintain a realistic perspective on what they are training for, the kind of fitness they’re developing, and the best ways to use that fitness. That pragmatism needs to extend all the way to daily workouts so you focus on the intensity and the technique within each session.”
For the original book review, go to: http://www.active.com/triathlon/Articles/5-Sports-Books-for-Endurance-Athletes.htm