Triathlon Training: Missing a Workout

Pedalnorth.com triathlon editor and independent tri coach Nadezhda Pavlova is an inspiring and talented athlete, bringing a sense of simplicity and fun to training. In this article, Nadezhda talks about missing a training session and advises you on the best way to address your schedule gap.

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Missed a workout? Don’t double it up to make up!

Consistency is a key in triathlon training, but sometimes, we all miss a workout and can’t follow the training plan due to illness, family circumstances, business trips. The most common mistake triathletes make is trying to squeeze two workouts in the next day -the missed one and the scheduled one. Double it up to make up is not the best strategy. Nothing will happen if you missed one day, but you can do more damage if you do two training sessions the next day trying to catch up.

Working out more in a few days can lead to a potential breakdown, which results in a lot of stress, or even worse, burnout, and consequently, loss of training time! It’s not a big deal to miss a couple of workouts if it doesn’t happen very often.

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A long break from training also can happen. If you missed more than a week, you have to step back into training and begin all over again. The lost of training time will lead to fitness loss and will result in less race readiness and performance. Unfortunately, you can’t miss workouts and have the same fitness level as if you don’t miss. This is how training works. How to best resolve the issue of missing workouts depends on many variables: what type of workout you missed, where you are in your training plan, and how much training you missed. Workouts in training plans are scheduled in particular order to achieve high-performing racing.