For triathlon training, R stands for rest
In order to train successfully for a triathlon and reach your goals, you must take breaks. Even seasoned triathletes need downtime during their training. Even triathletes have been reported to try to maintain 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night. With our commitments to our families, jobs, and training, this is not practical for the majority of us. It may seem counterintuitive, but resting seems to improve performance. It would appear that in order to see improvements from this type of training, you should push your body to its limits every day. The problem is that before you reach your full potential, you will burn out.
REST AT NIGHT
The importance of getting enough sleep at night cannot be overstated in terms of rest. Triathletes require 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. That seems impossible, I realize that. In fact, with 4:00 am wake-up calls, there never seems to be enough time for sleep. I advise staying away from activities like TV, Facebook, Netflix, video games, and others that keep you up late. Instead, try to go to bed as early as you can. Your daily training will be aided by this. Your risk of injury and burnout will increase if you don’t get enough sleep.
REST DURING TRAINING
The goals of triathletes are improvement and training. They work hard to get stronger and faster through continuous training. However, you occasionally run into a brick wall. A lot of triathletes are list-makers and type A personalities. Therefore, if a workout is set for a particular day, they will do it regardless of what happens. You might have to take a day off whenever you hit a wall. Unless I’m throwing up, I’ve found it to be very challenging to do this. I am aware that there are times when I simply need to take a day off.
REST THROUGH PERIODIZATION
Without taking a break, you cannot train for months at a time without running into incredible challenges like injury and burnout. As a result, you must decide when a race is coming up, count back from that date, and create a 10–12 week training schedule. The remaining time should be used for lower heart rate training to build your aerobic base, work on form, and rest. Outside of training for a race, you should take some time to rest. Your mental and physical health will benefit from this.
Make sure to get enough rest if you want to see significant improvements in triathlon and rise to the top.