Knowing when enough is enough…

I was catching up with a friend over the weekend in NYC after a run on the West Side Bikepath and we got to talking about his training. Just as the weather is warming up and it’s finally starting to feel like spring, he’s suffering from an overuse injury and pretty much side-lined for the next few weeks. Imagine that- he pounded the treadmill and indoor trainer so hard this winter that he’s earned himself an injury at the very start of triathlon season. For someone who doesn’t train enough these days, let alone too much, it’s a difficult concept for me to appreciate.

Waiting for a plane Sunday night, I was speaking to one of our newest Trismarter.com clients. He’s a retired fellow living in Florida. He was explaining to me that he’d value working with one of our coaches because he has no problem going out for a 4 mile run and inflicting 6 or 8 miles of pain on himself just for the sake of self-torture. I remember those days. A 40 mile “easy” training ride could very easily become a 60 mile TT with or without my training buddies. All too often, triathletes push themselves too far and into injury left useless for the very events they are “training” for. That’s where a triathlon coach comes in. Someone to look over things, provide perspective, help guide decision-making… 

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