Grey Middle Off Period?

Written by Jesse. Posted in Coaching Thoughts

The period that athletes take off following their season (2-4 weeks), should be executed with the same focus as any training session or race. What’s important is that the athlete is fully rested both physically and mentally. At the end of the period, all the athlete should want to do is swim, bike, and run…this indicates a successful off period. Similar to taking rest days easy, this long term period should be taken easy. I think many folks end up doing too much by cross training with hikes, rowing, etc… This easily ends up making the whole off period a sort of gray middle type effort. We take easy days very easy to make the quality days great. On the same token we should take the off period (on a macro level) very easy to make the next season a quality effort. Without this, the next season is approached tired, and without the focus it will take to make it another 49 weeks of solid, consistent effort; which is what’s important to long term progress.

I just finished my off period and all I want to do is swim bike and run……