This has not been much of a fitness blog lately. I am currently not training for anything. However, that does not mean that I have decided to sit on my couch eating cheetos. I’ve said this before and I will say it again-one of the reasons that I stay in shape is so that if someone calls and says “hey, we are going to summit this mountain tomorrow…” I can reply with “sure.” It also provides a great base for me so that come training for an event I am not starting with scratch.
So, if I am not officially “training” right now, what am I doing? Working on my weakness.
When putting together a training plan for any event, I always consider my weakness.
1. Figure out what your weakness is. Where do people pass you in the race? Where does your pace slow significantly? For me it is hills. I get passed on hills. I walk hills. I loathe climbing. Guess what I am working on right now-climbing.
2. Add one day of specifically working on this weakness. I am doing one day of hill repeats a week. Sometimes it is running, but mainly on the bike at this point. When I trained for my last marathon I did one day of hill running repeats. I sprint up the hill then descend down recovering. I do this 5-10 times depending on the length, steepness, and technicality of the hill.
3. Add in one day of weight lifting focus. Becoming a better climber means having strong hamstrings, calves, glutes, and quads. Right now I do lift specific exercises for these areas.
4. Watch your weakness improve and become a strength. I use the summer mountain bike race series to push hard the hills and not let anyone pass me. However, one of these races I would like to see myself pass someone. This is where listing your races on your schedule as “A”, “B”, and “C” proves helpful. “A” are the ones that you want to PR in or place best. “B” and “C” will allow you to work on the skills that you want to improve. The local MTb series is a “C” race for me. I use them strictly to train.
So, although I am not specifically training for an event, I am mindful of what I can be working on during this “off season.” It keeps me active, motivated, and off the couch with less cheetos in hand more often.
What’s your weakness? Do you avoid it or work on it?
What do you do to make your weakness stronger?