The Intricate Balancing Act
Balance and planning is the key to success. This is especially important when there are three disciplines to be trained. Sometimes when I’m at my desk, I think about all the workouts that I must accomplish each week. I think about all the various weekly goals I should achieve. I look at my race schedule and try to decide which discipline is more important. My usual conclusion is a stalemate between all three. I have a few cycling events in the next few weeks so I should be focusing on cycling, BUT I also signed up for a half marathon so it’s also important to build up my weekly distances to avoid injury. Now that new kicker is the Master Swim classes I just signed up for. I could easily say I need to train cycling, but running and swimming somehow make their way back to the top priority list. There is the fear of over training and injury but the fear of losing fitness in any one of the three of the sports due to lack of maintenance is stronger. It’s safe to assume that I must train everything and just train twice a day.
In addition to the three disciplines, I have to weight train for power. I started TRX classes last week to build a stronger core. A stronger core translates into faster times in all three disciplines. The core is what transfers power from the upper body to the lower body. In swimming, the core acts as a fulcrum. In cycling, a strong core is important for holding the cycling position. In running the core is important for stabilizing the body. TRX is important. There’s core training, but then there’s weight training. More muscles equals more power for both upper body and lower body in all three sports.
Next on the to do list is to get back into Yoga. Yoga is important for flexibility and injury prevention for running. It also important for a strong core and for stress relief.
Plyometrics is also on my to do list. It will make me go faster. Plyometrics is a series of exercises that forces the muscles to exert maximum forces in a short interval of time. Plyometrics is mainly jumping, but there are also exercises for the upper body , such as doing push ups while doing a clap in between. In my past, I had success with this type of training. It made me faster in my half marathon race.
This debate in my head goes on and on. What should I train today? Sometimes I would be better off if I just threw darts at the wall to randomly decide my workout of the day. There is a reason why triathletes are known to be type A and neurotic. There are so many things to improve on and so many different aspects of fitness that can be trained at any given moment. The only possible way to figure it out is by looking at tonnes of numbers and data from training and decide. Everything screams for attention but there are only so many hours in a day. I subscribe to the Crossfit philosophy that I am only as fit as my weakest link. Therefore I must work at all the components that encompass physical fitness to be a balanced athlete.
The 10 components of physical fitness:
- Cardiovascular Endurance
Where is the balance? I’m not even talking about work /family/social/training/sleep/housework balance. That will be a subject I will touch on in the future. This is simply a question of what am I training today.