Finishing Up Transition Week 2

In the periodization plan advocated by folks like Joe Friel the week or two (or three maybe) after a big race is called “Transition”.  It’s a rest and recovery period where I prioritize stretching, recovery nutrition, and very easy movement.  The purpose of it is to get your body rested and ready to start another training period – it’s NOT to train.

During this period my usual, and too infrequent, core strength workouts become far more focused around stretching and simple movement – more like Yoga or Tai Chi and I try to spend as much time as possible doing what I call “gentle movement”.  The intent is entirely to facilitate recovery and get ready for next week’s base period, where long slow miles become the norm.

At present my next “A” race isn’t until June 5th – that’s the Ironman 70.3 Hawaii in Kona, so I should have a nice long base period to ramp up to it.  In between now and then I do have the Honolulu Marathon on December 13th which will serve as a convenient long catered training run.

So…for this week I’m taking it easy, but tomorrow that ends – a 16+ mile run with my crew awaits.

Question of the Week

Recently I’ve been asked a couple of times about the shifters on the end of aerobars on a tri bike and the question was: Do they put brakes on the aerobars too? 

Answer:  No.  You wouldn’t want to brake from that forward position anyhow, you’re so far forward it wouldn’t be very stable.  Plus the aero position is all about speed, efficiency and comfort over long distances. If you’re braking you don’t want to be fast or go a long distance – it’s better and safer to come out of the aero position anyhow at that point.


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