Make Fall work for You

Coach Mike Ricci looking at a trail map
January 20, 2017

D3 Staff



The fall season can present a unique challenge for triathletes. With your A priority race likely behind you, but the weather still conducive to training, it's a crucial time to capitalize on opportunities for improvement. By making the most of the fall season, you can set yourself up for success in the winter and the following spring. Here are some strategies to maximize your fall training:

1. **Set a goal:** Establish a process goal focused on something within your control, such as swimming three days a week or incorporating more hill training into your workouts. Having a specific goal will provide direction and motivation, ensuring you stay committed to your training regimen even without a race on the calendar.

2. **Build base endurance:** Utilize the warm fall weather to extend your outdoor riding and running sessions, focusing on building your aerobic endurance. Long rides and runs, including mountain biking and trail running, can help strengthen your base fitness. Investing six to eight weeks in building your aerobic base now will pay dividends when you transition to winter training focused on threshold work.

3. **Address weaknesses:** With no imminent A race, concentrate on improving your weaknesses while maintaining overall fitness. Increase your running frequency or swim volume to enhance your weaknesses, while continuing to train in other areas. Additionally, consider incorporating stretching and strength training into your routine to further enhance your overall performance.

4. **Try something new:** Embrace the opportunity to explore new activities or disciplines during the fall season. Consider participating in cyclocross racing for a change of pace or exploring new running trails in your area. Trying new experiences can reignite your motivation and keep your training fresh and exciting.

5. **Mentorship:** Share your passion for triathlon by mentoring a friend who is new to the sport. Introduce them to the joys of swimming, biking, and running, and provide guidance and support as they embark on their triathlon journey. Mentoring not only benefits the beginner but also allows you to reflect on your own training and experiences.

In conclusion, the fall season offers a valuable opportunity for triathletes to continue training purposefully and make meaningful progress toward their goals. By setting specific objectives, focusing on endurance building, addressing weaknesses, exploring new activities, and mentoring others, you can make the most of the fall months and position yourself for success in the future.

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