Here are the answers from participants in last weeks Brain Exchange: Lacey, Whitney, Kim, Kera, Kandi, Kittzy, Suzy, Andrea, Darlene, Jill and Silvergirl (If I missed you, let me know- sometimes links are funny and don’t work and I don’t want to leave anyone out!)
Here’s how it works:
Question: How do you train? Do you use a schedule, have a coach or go with the flow? Do you train alone or with group?
I train differently depending on the time of the year and what races are on my calendar. The only consistent thing, are my schedules. I am obsessed with having a schedule and I have been known to rework and tweak and rework and tweak my schedule to the point of nausea! OCD much???
During the off-season, I am very go with the flow…my “schedule” is much more lax. I pretty much swim and run when I want to and bike only during spin class. Everything else just falls into place. During race season however, I am very strict on my workouts. I make sure to fit in 2 swims, 2 bikes and 2 runs a week on top of strength and cross training. When I am training for a half, I insert a third run into the schedule. For now, I have only trained for Sprint distance tri; this year will be my first Olympic tri so my training has been ramped up quite a bit in preparation. Where running is concerned, I do not have anything more than a 10-mile race planned until my next half at the end of September. Given my recent injury, I am going to take it easy on the mileage until it is time to train harder for September. I have never had a coach, but I won’t lie…it is something I am thinking about investing in for next season. It will all depend on my financial situation but I have some big plans and I think I would really benefit from some coaching.
As for training alone or with a group, I almost always train alone. This is due in part to my schedule; I am usually at the gym very early and prefer morning workouts. It is also due in part to the fact that no one I run with, lives very close to me. I like running with a group and have partaken in some group runs but I also really like running alone. For me, it is a matter of convenience. If there is a group training or group ride/run, I am all about it but if not than that is okay too.