Train to train. You’ve signed up a race. You know the training will be a 4-month period (marathon, ½ Ironman) or 6-month period (Ironman). And that time period is months and months away. Now what. You train to train. Prepare yourself so that you are ready to take on the mission at hand.
So what does that mean. The first thing you want to do is build a base. You want to know that going into the 6 month or 4 month training period that you are as strong as you can be, that you covered all of your bases. This will help to ensure a successful race and will help to keep you injury free.
Get ready to handle the training by preparing your body to handle the task. If you are preparing to train for a marathon, get up to 20-25 miles a week before your training begins. If it’s a triathlon, work on your weakest sport. Frequently it is swimming, take lessons if need be. That being said, don’t ignore the sports you find easiest. Take nothing for granted. Lay the groundwork.
10% Rule. The 10% rule states that you never increase mileage or intensity by more than 10% for the week. This allows your muscles, ligaments, bones and tendons to adapt. The body is very adaptive, and it handles adaptation best by gradual changes. By following the 10% rule, you will help to prevent injury.
Strength train. Now is the time to make sure your muscles are strong and ready to handle all that you will be asking of it. And again work on the part of your body that’s the weakest. If it’s your upper body, work on that. If one leg is weaker, work on that one. Always remember to work on your core.
If you prepare yourself for the training, you will have a better training period, which means your race will be better, which means your recovery will be better. Win win.