Coronavirus has caused a lot of uncertainty and concern, in all areas of life. Including training and racing.
I am sure you will agree that adhering to recommendations such as maintaining good hand hygiene, refraining from shaking hands or sharing water bottles, and avoiding close contact with those who are ill with respiratory symptoms will go some way to slowing the spread of Covid-19.
Maintaining your own health, well-being and routines (as far as possible) will help you stay positive and motivated.
At times like these, training is one of the best things you can do. It can help you stay motivated as well keep you fit and healthy. Once normality and racing opportunities return you will be more ready to race, than if you let training slip. It is important to keep in mind the bigger, and longer-term picture when it comes to training and racing.
The training you do this season will boost your performances in the coming weeks and months - and in years to come too. That's why it’s important to train consistently, even when you’re unsure about your target event.
Cancelled or Postponed Races
It's hard, but these races will soon come around again. We are already seeing some races returning, with new rules to keep us safe. One coping strategy is to continue to train as normal, still focusing on your original race date. On that 'race date' perform an individual mock-up of your race. A personal time trial over the race distance(s) you have been training for, even if you split the disciplines over a couple of days. Share your goals to inspire others and stay motivated.
Whether you choose to race competitively against other virtual racers, or simply enter to stay motivated and achieve short-term personal goals. The training and racing activities you take on now will go a long way to support your longer-term goals.
Zwift and RGT Cycling have a well-established schedule of race opportunities for cyclists, and IRONMAN has a Virtual Club where you can find virtual events. A quick Google search will take you a great selection of virtual race opportunities to suit your goals and training availability. The Conquer Events offer a multitude of cycling and running challenges.
Getting The Most Out of Your Current Training Plan
Realign to New Race Date
If your race date is postponed, you can realign your plan in your calendar so that you are in peak shape for your new race date. Check the video below for how to do that:
For a low monthly fee, you can have unlimited swaps between all of Phil's 800+ plans. During this time of unpredictable training and racing a subscription will provide complete flexibility for how you train. And when restrictions are lifted you will be able to adapt and switch your plan accordingly. You also benefit from:
- Free TrainingPeaks Premium (usually $16.33/mth)
- Non-stop email coach support
- Swap subscriptions or cancel anytime
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If you purchased one of our plans between January 1st 2020 and March 21st 2020, we are offering you the chance to switch your plan to a longer length, or different type.
For example, if you are following a 12-week triathlon plan and now need a 12-week pure cycling plan then we will swap that for free. Or if you need a longer plan to align to your new race date or a new type of plan you will just pay the difference (if any).
Simply get in touch with our coaching team with the details of the new plan required.
Indoor Triathlon Plans
We have designed two new training plans designed specifically with indoor-training options and tips, so you can maintain your training. These plans are also featured on the TrainingPeaks plan store homepage.
- Olympic Triathlon 6 Week Plan + Indoor Training Options (including Dry-Land Swim Training)
- IRONMAN 70.3 6 Week Plan + Indoor Training options (including Dry-Land Swim Training)
More Free Support and Advice
For the latest news, free resources and information please visit our COVID-19 Support Page.
Whatever course of action you choose, keep moving forward and don't hesitate to get in touch whenever you need to. Stay safe.
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