As the year is winding down, so has the triathlon season. While this brings a much needed rest period it is also the best time to optimize your health and prep for a new season of training.
Getting your overall health in peak shape can pay huge dividends when training resumes for the next season. It is not only important to stay strong and maintain base mileage, but it is also crucial to make improvements in the vitality of your immune system, adrenal system, and gastrointestinal system.
During the season these systems get beaten down by the sheer volume of training and without proper attention these deficits can linger on into the next season and make peak training near impossible.
If you really want to get better next year you need to pay attention to what you do in the off-season. This means strength training, but more importantly getting as healthy as possible!
Strength training is always something that is highly neglected, in the endurance athlete world especially, but always pays huge dividends in performance. Having sufficient strength to hold proper postures is very important for every sport, but in endurance sports it becomes more of an issue since that posture needs to be held for long periods of time.
If these postures cannot be obtained or held for any duration then energy is significantly wasted and power output will drop significantly. So, while practicing the particular skill of the sport is very important, your potential to convert those training hours into the most power output using the least energy is always the goal.
Proper strength training is the only way to maximize that equation. While many people don’t take this very seriously, at least they realize that it is something that would probably help performance if done correctly.
However, the biggest bang for your buck can many times be just getting as healthy as possible. You must remember that your ability to train hard rests solely on your ability to recover from the previous workout. This recovery potential not only determines your ability to train hard, but it also determines much of your injury prevention.
Most injuries occur because of overuse which means that use of an area overwhelms its ability to heal and recover. While this seems pretty obvious to most people, what they fail to realize is that your overall health greatly influences your ability to recover.
This means making sure you are eating right, sleeping well, your hormone levels are in normal ranges, your GI system is not dysfunctional, and your inflammation levels are low. Difficult and long seasons tend to exhaust our systems and create dysfunctional hormone levels and high levels of inflammation. Having the proper testing, like blood, saliva, and stool testing, allows you to know what systems need to be addressed and gives a great roadmap for how to address those systems quickly and effectively before the next season begins.
If done properly, this rejuvenation of your internal systems will allow you to feel better, recover quicker, train harder, and ultimately get faster and stronger. This can be the missing link for many people and can be the difference between a season of success and a season of battling injuries.
If you are interested in improving performance through health, now is the time! Contact our office today at 949-387-0060 to find out about our programs designed to optimize your health.