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Avoid Burnout!

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By Mark Sortino (triathlete.com)

 

Too often, athletes run out of physical or mental energy before their long season is over, but you can avoid that fate with some smart planning for your 2018 season. Here’s how.

1. Include intentional breaks. Within your season, include one or two breaks of a week or more that include light or unstructured training. This will give both your body and mind a rest without compromising fitness.

 

2. Avoid peaking early. Don’t get into peak race fitness at the beginning of the season—it can’t be maintained without breaks and sets you up for massive fatigue.

 

3. Prioritize events. Identify the races you’ll peak for (the “A” races) and then “all the others.” This will allow you to build up to those “A” races and recover appropriately....

 

 

4. Include fun events. These can involve sports outside of swim, bike, and run and include friends and family in a not-so-competitive atmosphere.

 

5. Don’t over-race. Allow time to focus on the training.

 

6. Enjoy the process. Trust in your training and enjoy it. If you do that, racing becomes the icing on the cake, and you’ll finish the season wanting more.  READ MORE



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