We have a lot of athletes heading into races in the next couple of weeks. Please look this over as you are heading into your races! 

A couple of months ago, we talked about Peak Phase and why we need to “maintain” our muscles heading into our peak week. Peak week is truly hard because, since you are putting so much emphasis on the swim, bike, and run, it can be VERY hard to get to the gym. Click HERE for last week’s article, as it is crucial to get there!

Today, I want to chat with you all about Strength Training for Triathletes in the Race Week.  This will be a very simple and very easy blog:

It is RACE WEEK: You do NOT lift weights! 

Yes, I said it, and 100% believe it. If you lift weights during race week, it will only HINDER your race. If the ego gets in the way, you may try to push harder than you should; keep that for your race! If you do go to the gym, I would suggest doing some mobility work (foam rolling, lacrosse ball, etc.). It it NOT necessary for you to lift weights the week of a race.

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I hope you enjoyed this series of breaking things down. Next week, I will put it all together and show you an example of a week of workouts for a triathlete, starting at base phase!

AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I am Jen Rulon, a Coach, Kona Finisher and a Public Speaker. I’ve been coaching triathletes for 18+ years and I received my Masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. I train triathletes to reach their potential and coach triathlon coaches to successfully grow their businesses using my own proven methods. I currently work with women on finding their own voice and journey to finding their "Champion Status" in their own eyes! My knowledge has been featured in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Men’s Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach — I’m a 15x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on October 14, 2017.

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