The 8 Stages of Offseason Grief

Summer has come and gone. There's snow on the ground, and holiday decorations are starting to wake up from their 11-month slumber. For most of us triathletes, our race season is over, and we're somewhere in the no-man's-land that is the offseason.

The triathlon offseason can be a dark, aimless, unmotivated, junk food-filled place. It's like The Upside Down from "Stranger Things," but with more indoor bike trainers and treadmills.

During the summer when we triathletes have goals to reach and regular training schedules to follow, we're a focused bunch. However, once the final few steps of our last race of the season are complete, we all go through what I like to refer to as the 8 States of Offseason Grief.

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