Long Term Athlete Development

Training for a major event/challenge doesn’t always occur in neat little segments as we’d like to think. Each training cycle builds upon the last to improve some aspect of your fitness and to make you a better athlete. Therefore, rather than looking at training and racing in independent weekly segments, athletes should take a more holistic view, planning instead in one or two year blocks.

Establish exactly what you’re preparing for. For example, triathlons are run over different distances. Though individual events will vary slightly, the most common formats are:

  • Super sprint triathlon: 400m swim/10km bike /2.5km run
  • Sprint distance triathlon: 750m/20km/5km
  • Standard distance triathlon: 1500m/40km/10km.
  • Middle distance triathlon: 1.9km/90km/21k.
  • Long distance triathlon: 4km/120km/30km.
  • Ironman distance triathlon: 3.8km/180km/42km

Every athlete has their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Some athletes are more naturally suited for the shorter distances while others can train and perform forever. Individual differences aside, you can use this general approach as a guideline to tailor a yearly schedule that fits your unique qualities.

 BFunctional Athletes: undertake a consultation process involving:

  • Review the prior season in-depth [goals, disciplines, transitions, nutrition, etc]
  • Plan Key Events [realistic and challenging]
  • Plan Training Phases: to allow peak performance at the optimal time athletes follow a periodised approach to training, involving technique work, long ‘base miles’ in over the off-season and picking up the speed work in the months leading up to competition.
  • Plan Training Week:  dovetail to their lifestyle. Map out the key swim, bike and run sessions they need to complete, and make sure that they hit these sessions as fresh as possible.
  • Record & Track:  training plans are delivered on Training Peaks, the coach is able to track, review, evaluate the progress.
  • Train specifically: Each race distance requires that you shift your training focus to a specific set of physiological demands. There is certainly some over overlap between distances, but the exact demands are still different.

When the season begins, you’ll be grateful you adopted these tips.

You may wish to do this alone OR seek support from a coach or training plan. It doesn’t matter where you are based BFunctional works with triathletes all over the UK and can guarantee results!! See testimonials here.

My philosophy and one that I aim to instil in all athletes is to strive for peak performance through balanced and progressive training. If we do the same thing, day after day, season after season then expect the same outcome, times, etc.

Therefore, the body and mind require Long Term Athlete Development, here at BFunctional that is the premise for all athletes. There is no quick fix, instead patience, hard work, progression and determination will ensure goals are reached. Training long term involves many layers, adding various fitness components, technique and recovery. The overall mapping of this is essential to ensure athletes peak at the correct time and achieve their goal. BFunctional provides coaching that is scientific, athlete-centric and knowledge-based.

Should you wish to significantly improve your performance in 2017 then please contact BFunctional. Don’t be the same #BFbetter #BFocused #BFormidable #BFunctional