Triathlon: 5 things you can do if you can’t train

There are some weeks where all the training happens and life is good. There are other weeks, where life is still good, but the ability to train gets reduced for one reason or another. Maybe it’s an injury, or that you have small kids who can’t be left alone, or work gets really busy, or you’re just plain exhausted.

While you wait for these things to subside, there are things you can do to keep you on the triathlon track – that don’t involve swimming, biking, or running.

Here are a few things that kept my head in the game while I was in a sea of red boxes on Training Peaks.

  1. Stock up on your favourite gels and electrolytes
    Research something new, or head to the store to stock up on your race and training nutrition.
  2. Work on your overall nutrition
    Take the week to track what you’re eating to see where you’re at with your carbs, protein and fat. Crack open a new recipe book and try a new recipe to get the nutrition you need to start training and racing again. My fave book these days: “Run Fast, Cook Fast, and Eat Slow” by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky.
  3. Clear up and clean out your athletic clothing
    Do you have some ratty gear that you’re holding on to for no reason? Clutter in our house, and our closet can also clutter our minds. Take the down time to go through your drawers and get rid of / pass on some older gear you haven’t worn for years.
  4. Tune up and clean up your bike
    Fill up those tires and clean your bike. At this point in the season, my bike was pretty dirty, and it felt good to clean. I even involved the kids and they cleaned their little bikes alongside mine.
  5. Meet with a fellow athlete for coffee
    They say the 4th discipline in triathlon is nutrition. I’d say the 5th is friendship! The running / triathlon community is full of amazing people. Get to know someone better by going out for coffee and chatting about life! You’ll never know what you learn. It could get your heart back in the motivation zone so you’ll be ready to go once you’re ready to get back on track.

Author: Jackie

Jackie is a certified holistic nutritionist (with the Alive Academy out of Richmond, B.C.) in her spare time. Full-time she works in an office (like many of you!) and is always looking for ways to make her busy life happy and healthy. She is a mom to 2 lovely daughters, and a wife to a picky-eater husband who always keeps her on her toes when she is creating healthy recipes.

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