Conduct a Year End Assessment

Coach Mike Ricci talking with athletes
January 20, 2017

Mike Ricci



You made it through another (or your first!) triathlon season. You've accomplished some goals, you've learned a thing or two (or twenty) about the sport, and you're starting to look to the year ahead. This is a great time to do a head-to-toe, end-to-end assessment of some different things you can improve upon, or that you should tend to, in 2017.Approach the list below the way an auto mechanic would approach a 20-point inspection: everything should be reviewed, but not everything will be fixed today. Identify those items that need to be addressed so they don't cause near-term issues and/or those items that provide the greatest opportunity for improvement in the coming year. Don't feel like you need to fix everything all at once , save some items for 2018!

Training & Racing Assessment

+ Review 2016 training and racing , what worked? What didn't? What did you achieve?

+ Outline 2017 race calendar and set race goals

+ Identify changes in training , volume and/or intensity, overall and/or for specific disciplines , that will be necessary to achieve your goals

Equipment Check

+ Is your bike due for maintenance? (Not sure? Check here:

+ Are your run shoes worn out? (Rule of thumb: 250 miles for lightweight shoes, up to 400 for more durable shoes like Newton's or Hoka's.

Don't know your mileage? If it's been more than 6 months since you bought the ones you're in, you probably need a new pair.)

Physiological Assessment (especially if you are injury-prone!)

+ Consider an overall physical therapy assessment to identify muscular weakness or imbalances that can be addressed through targeted

exercises and strength training.

+ Has your progress in the pool plateaued? Consider a swim stroke analysis to improve your technique , it will provide gains where

fitness cannot.

+ Do you have consistent hip/knee/back/shoulder pain on the bike? Time for a new bike fit!

+ If you routinely find yourself sidelined by injury as you build up running miles, consider a gait assessment to identify where

you're going wrong.

Now that your inspection is complete, make the investment in your self and your season. Take the time to follow through with what you learned and set yourself up for a solid season of training and racing in 2017!

nd you still make it to the starting line of a race? THAT is a really big win.

Coach Mike Ricci is the Founder and Head Coach for D3 Multisport.  His coaching style is ‘process-focused’ vs. ‘results-focused.’ When working with an athlete, their understanding of how and why they are improving is always going to take precedence over any race result. Yes, there is an end goal, but in over 2 decades of coaching, experience has shown him that if you do the right work, and for the right reasons, the results will follow.

Coach Mike is a USAT Level III Elite Certified Coach, Ironman University Certified Coach, and Training Peaks Level II Certified Coach. He was honored as the USAT Coach of the Year.

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