Success with Stamina
Success with Stamina
A little blog about being a triathlon coach. Here you'll find a little diary about my activities as a coach, the performances of the people I work with and my thoughts and opinions on what makes athletes faster for longer.

Athletes should maintain a good equilibrium between training, social life and recovery - Tudor Bompa

AndyBby AndyBOct 24th 2009
Part 1: Complete rest or active recovery?

Having completed a season of racing or maybe just the race of your season, it is often recommended to have a recovery phase in your training but what is the point of this recovery and what training should be done during this period? With lots of my athletes having finished their season or target race, I thought I would share with you the advice I have given them.

Complete rest?

For some a complete break from training is beneficial, time to kick back, relax and catch up with the world after some seriously devoted triathlon time. The body can really focus on regeneration and repair rather than having to compete with another hour's hilly run or three hour bike ride chasing your friends through the country lanes. The mind can focus on tidying the house, having fun with the family or catching up with friends. While this may be great for a week or even two, most triathletes I know get seriously agitated if they don't get their perceived 'fix' of regular training.

Active recovery?

Short sessions at a low intensity will actually help your body recover quicker, maintaining the flow of blood and therefore oxygen and other repair generating nutrients to the muscles tired from a long season or hard race. So doing some short but low intensity sessions will not only help your recovery but also help your mind rest easy that you are doing some training without it taking too much from you. I read recently in the new edition of Joe Friel and Gordon Byrn's book 'Going Long' (which I reviewed for 220 Magazine) that 'It is quite common to start feeling quite strong 10 to 14 days after an Ironman-distance race. It is likely you are experiencing the tail end of your peak. Don't let your mind trick you regarding the level of the deep fatigue that accumulates during a long race'. Which to me means even if you feel good during this time you may not be fully recovered and caution should be applied to prevent slowing your recovery. Keep the sessions short and easy or it might well catch up with you.

Continue to part 2 »
Oziemby member: Oziem, Oct 26th 2009 15:29
From a personal point of view I would opt for active recovery because I hate not being able to exercise!!
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