Offseason topic: Planning for next season Triathlon Coach Lee Gardner recently crafted an article on the timely topic of planning for next season. In the article, Lee makes some great points for triathletes planning their 2010 seasons. Determining whether this past triathlon season was a success, building on those successes, learning from mistakes, Lee provides some excellent food for thought. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“The best way to prevent neglecting any domain is to set expectations for each. Let your boss know you will need time off on certain days or that you’d prefer to have a lesser workload during certain weeks. Explain to your family that you need so many hours during the weekend set aside for training. Realistically, this will rely on compromise. Maybe you can negotiate some extra time off at the office to go to that spring triathlon training camp in the Rockies, but that may mean that you’ll need to make up the time by working extra in January and February. The same goes with family and social commitments. The key is to be flexible when you can be (when your training commitments are lower), in order to take advantage of times when you will need to put in those monster weeks of training. Setting realistic expectations and planning ahead will reduce any undue stress later.”

This article is a must-read for any triathlete that seeks guidance from a triathlon coach on making their next triathlon season their best. The full article can be viewed here.

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