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“failing to prepare, is preparing to fail” The old saying couldn’t be more true when it comes to putting together a training plan for a triathlon. Randomly swimming, biking and running will not produce the best results from your training hours. Putting together a coherent plan that works for you level, lifestyle and aspirations offers you the best chance of success. It might seem easy enough, but read around the subject of coaching and training and you will find conflicting information, and often need a degree in physics to understand what they’re saying. Keeping things simple is key and building on the basic training elements will produce the best results. This month Matt Dixon from purplepatch helps guide you through the essentials to putting to together a plan that not only improves your fitness, but will get you to the start line fresh and fast.
Triathlete Europe requested that I outline the thought process that goes into building a training programme for an athlete. Quite a challenge I thought, wondering if I could really pull together a coherent document that addresses all the processes I follow with the wide range of athletes I help. As I scribbled notes, I began to think about the wide range of athletes I help, professionals, serious amateurs, developing athletes, time-crunched athletes, those struggling with chronic fatigue and the list goes on. How could I really address all of this and create something useful? Maybe I was setting myself up for failure, but as I wrote more random notes on the page, and outlined a typical process for each, I began to realise the common themes and links between all the athletes.
From this rather crazy hour of brainstorming, I saw the same patterns emerge across all populations. I had arrived back to a place that I often find myself talking about at seminars and clinics; the goal of performance and, no matter what your level, you want to improve. Taking a rather complex series of thoughts and processes, let us boil it all down to a simple and easy to understand process, or series of points, that is usable and applicable to your training. By the end of this feature, you will be better equipped to begin to build your own training plan or know what to look for when getting coaching or a training plan from another source.
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