Staying somewhat consistent during the offseason with both your diet and training will make easing into next season that much easier. This sounds obvious, but between the shorter days, bad weather and holiday parties, consistency can go out the window faster than you realize.
Don't find yourself playing catchup at the beginning of the next triathlon season—here are our top seven tips on how to stay in control this offseason.
Strength Train1 of 8
Weight training during the offseason is a great way to strengthen your body before your next serious triathlon training block. But don't just head to the gym and follow a plug-and-play regimen—triathlon-specific moves will help alleviate muscular imbalances from all the swimming, cycling and running, as well as help prevent injuries during your upcoming season.
Read more about triathlon-specific strength training moves from legendary triathlete Dave Scott, here.
Don't Overindulge2 of 8
We're not saying don't indulge this offseason, we're just saying don't overindulge. Completely saying no to your favorite holiday sweets and drinks is a recipe for binge eating during a weak moment.
Go ahead, have a cookie or a slice of pie—just enjoy your favorites in moderation.
Share the Love of the Sport3 of 8
Triathlon's sense of community is the hallmark of our sport. We can't think of a better way to stay motivated this offseason than by sharing our lifestyle with a friend or family member who has expressed interested. Not only will it reawaken your love of triathlon, but you'll stay active during less intense swim, bike and run workouts as you show your new training buddy the ropes.
Recover Right4 of 8
You don't need to log a ton of base miles in the offseason—keeping your swim, bike and run workouts short and at low intensity will allow your body to stay engaged yet still recover from the previous season's efforts. Schedule a few key workouts during the week, and keep the pace conversational, light and fun.
Keep your workouts regular and steady to maintain your fitness, but there's no reason to push yourself to the limit. Afterwards, focus on fostering a healthy stretching and foam rolling routine that should carry over into next season.
Focus on Developing New Skills5 of 8
The offseason is the perfect time to focus on new triathlon skills that you didn't have time for during the season. This might include drills to improve your bike handling, working on your freestyle technique or learning how to navigate a faster transition.
Perfecting your technique and learning new skills is a valuable way to improve your time without adding additional training hours. Work smarter, not harder.
Try Cross Training6 of 8
If you can't seem to find the energy (or time) to enjoy your other active hobbies during the triathlon season, the offseason is the perfect time to rekindle those interests. Buy a yoga membership for a couple months, go for a hike, join a dance studio or go stand-up paddle boarding—anything that keeps you moving and active will make the beginning of next season that much easier.
Set New Goals7 of 8
Using the offseason to step back reevaluate your previous season's successes and failures is the perfect way to realign your focus and set new goals for the upcoming triathlon season. Did you have trouble running off the bike? Did you not have your nutrition plan dialed in? Did you discover you love racing hilly courses?
Developing goals you're excited about will help keep you motivated as you enjoy your time "off" and lead into the next season.