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Taking the Confusion and Worry About Starting or Modifying Your Training Program....The Plan

Updated: Oct 7, 2022

As endurance athletes and active adults, we understand if we wish to compete in a sport which we love, we have to train. This includes not just our bodies, but our minds as well as we need to be mentally prepared for whatever may arise during any given season. Part of that mental preparation involves considerations and awareness of past events in previous races, lessons learned from others, mental toughness, and of course the actual training program commitment.

Everyone has their own way of going about formulating a training plan, with some athletes taking it more seriously than others. This is one of the reasons why you may be seeing so much content out there currently about injury prevalence in endurance athletes and the best ways to prevent it. Triathletes are involved in such a young sport (it only began in the 1970's believe it or not!) and unfortunately, the research has not yet caught up. So, where do we need to pull our information from regarding the most effective training to help us get o our goals while preventing injury? Well....for right now.... there is no perfect approach to triathlons as far as training (this also includes the separate disciplines as well).

As I have said in the past, because everyone is so unique and different, they respond differently to stimuli when training. Nothing has changed!!! What is omnipresent is the fact that we do need some sort of plan that does follow specific guidelines of training to help us get to our goals. If you look on the internet, I am sure you will find tons of training programs from tons of experts in the field, touting that theirs is the best approach. I am here to tell you that just like everything else...what works for some, does not always work for others. This is part of the reason why there are so many different programs available.

I specifically do not have my own training program for triathletes and endurance athletes (yet...stay tuned haha) but as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I can tell you that at a bare minimum, we do need to have the following: 1) A plan and 2) All of the basics needed to be an "athlete." (Side note: I use the term “athlete” loosely as I do not want to put a label on anyone or make anyone feel awkward should they feel they do not deserve the term. When I refer to someone as an athlete, I mean someone who is skilled in sports or exercise of some kind, but this definition is incredibly broad. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned veteran, you are ALL athletes, just at different skill levels. The more skills you have, the better you will be at your activity). What I hope to explain further breaks down the two points above.