3 Triathlon Training Tools Eileen Uses to Deal With Setbacks in Her Quest for a Half-Ironman

Three ways we adjusted her triathlon training for a 70.3 Half-Ironman

  1. When we couldn’t do heavy deadlifts, we worked on stabilizer muscles, core, and power
  2. When she broke her hand, we spent more time building the volume of running and riding.
  3. And Eileen keeps a positive, can-do attitude about her everyday workouts.

Triathlon training always involved setbacks — and adjustments

No matter what we’re training for, there are going to be setbacks: illness, injury, family issues, etc.

Eileen set a serious stretch goal

Last fall, Eileen asked me about her goal of the Half-Ironman challenge.

Triathlon training is all about a balanced schedule

Our schedule had been three days a week of swimming (one lesson and one group swim workout plus an endurance day); two days of running (one long endurance, one tempo workout); two days of riding (one long endurance, one interval); and two days a week of strength training.

No swimming, so we ramp up running and riding

Since we can’t get in the pool now for the next four weeks, we’re going to ramp up the volume of her running and cycling to build overall training stress for her half-Ironman triathlon training.

Running is kryptonite that is becoming oxygen

And we’re doing a lot of running.

Every workout in the triathlon training plan is an opportunity

Running is Eileen’s big challenge.

Nutrition is the final piece of the puzzle for triathlon training

Finally, we’re working on nutrition.

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