Often forgotten in sport when everyone is trying to do as much as possible to improve but the body only gets stronger when you give it time to adapt the stress you have put on it. First thing to do in off-season is to have a break. How much break is up to the individual and how far away the next goal is. Rest is not only for the physical aspect but also mental.
2. DON’T BE AFRAID TO MIX IT UP
Off season is your chance to try some new things in training or even some new sports to keep fresh. For example I found out by chance that some ski paddling in off season did wonders for my core stability and offered noticeable change when I was running.
During winter it might be a little harder to get out on the road early in the cold and dark, but this might provide an opportunity to work on basic strength that will set up a great platform to get into the foundation work or base you will do before the season starts. Hitting the gym doesn’t mean you’ll end up like the Arny but with the right exercises and weights gym can add another dimension to your performances. Make sure to use help from strength coach or advisor who works with endurance sports.
4. CHANCE TO WORK ON THAT WEAKNESS
Is the swim letting you down each race? Or is the run that you’re struggling with? Off season is the perfect time to put a little more time into that part of triathlon and work on doing a discipline more efficient, stronger then faster. I would first suggest find someone professional who can help and as a rule of thumb when finding help demand proof of expertise. Who have they helped before and what was the outcome? You don’t want to be lead down the wrong path.
5. FAMILY AND FRIENDS
My final tip for the off season is make sure to spend time with the family. We all know how time consuming but rewarding triathlon can be and in race seasons between weekends and early mornings its easy get carried away. Miss that weekend session in off season to hang out with the kids instead. If you are young take the opportunity to have that late night out with friends and party it up. Just like in life, in sport balance is a positive thing.