Post Peak Slump
by justal Jun 7th 2012
My Periodised Training Plan that I was working towards along with my coach seems to have worked well. I peaked for my race at the Big Cow Triathlon and managed to attain my goal of qualifying for the ITU Age-Group World Championships. I may have been there, done that and got the ‘T’-shirt (thermal top to be precise), however, I’m not feeling much like a ‘World Championship’ athlete at the moment, or an athlete of any description for that matter.
The problem with a peak is that it is just that, a peak. The build up towards it is good, you’re getting fitter and fitter and faster and faster so you feel on top of the world. You then rest a little so that you are fit, fast and fresh for your race and hit the peak at just the right moment. The trouble is, in order for the peak to be a peak, you have to come down the other side. You can’t keep your body at the top for long so there has to be a post-peak slump.
That’s exactly what I’m going through at the moment. I have been doing less training, I’ve been lacking in motivation and my diet has slipped. I’ve put on a stone in weight over the past week and a half and feel pretty slow and lack lustre on any training sessions. It’s back to base level training for a while now to allow my body to rest and recover whilst maintaining some fitness, and then time to build it all back up and peak again in October for the race in Auckland.
My next race
Although I'd love to, I won't have time to blog here too often, but I do keep a regular blog all about my Triathlon (and other) exploits here:
I'm a born again Triathlete, having done a few races in my teens, I stopped doing any sort of training for over 20 years and then started again in 2011 when I was 40. I had fun doing them and didn't do too badly, so I'm once again on the way to being able to call myself a 'Triathlete'.
The blog above contains plenty of training tips, notes on any particularly exciting training sessions or those of note and my race schedules and reports. It also contains lots of other things too, all about living a 'Simple Life of Luxury' here in West Wales where we spend our time swimming, cycling, running, MTBig, windsurfing, surfing, gardening, beekeeping, watching the sky at night and many many other things - I hope you enjoy it.