It takes a lot to reduce me to this.
But it was worth it, because I finished this 3-week training block with all workouts successfully completed. Despite 3 weeks of crazy at work and a whole bunch of dog classes, I fit in the workouts, the recovery, adequate sleep and fairly good nutrition. Win!
Triathletes are constantly looking for that next big way to get faster - and any glance at a tri magazine or message board proves it. Do more volume, do less volume, do something special for recovery, get this coach, get that coach...people will do it all! As best I can tell, the boring and simple answer may be the best one - consistency. Just getting the work done, day in and day out. You can only get by so long and so well with skipping workouts, moving workouts around, eating like shit, not fueling well, and not resting enough. I think the science of how much you push your body and how performance gains are made in your recovery from that are fairly well documented - so it's hard to expect big gains if key workouts aren't done and recovery isn't taken seriously, right? Again, NOT rocket science. I've always been reasonably consistent (my husband would tell you I've only missed about 3 workouts since I started working with my coach 3+ years ago - that's not *quite* accurate) but one of my goals for this year is to put in the extra effort needed to be even better. Nailing this training block was just step one!
Now I get to take rest week just as seriously and let my body soak in all that hard work. The first race of the year is just a few weeks away!