Last week in part one we learned one of the benefits of the repeated approach is that we can develop our concentration skills which is a massive performance boost in race day.
In parts two and three below, I discuss how repetition develops training confidence and how it also improves your efficiency in training.
Lets say that you follow a constantly changing training routine (because you have been told that your body is super duper apt at adapting to said stimulus.. so you need these changes). How would you know if the improvement or the ‘off’ workout is caused by the environmental conditions of the day or the change in plan?
Constant changing of your plan doesn’t ‘trick’ your body into lightning quick adaptation. It just confuses it and causes uncertainty.
In short, you have no idea what is going on and why you feel the way that you do (good or bad).
What a repeated plan offers is familiarity. The predictability of your training allows you to objectively understand how all other factors and choices in your day to day life affect your performance on a given day.
Lets say that I repeat a time trial tolerance session each week on a specific day and lets say I do it on my computrainer so I have limited the environmental factors that can come into play with my performance.
Over a number a weeks of repeating this session I can learn to objectively recognise the impact of other variables on the session.
For instance. Say I go to bed every night at 9:30pm and I get up just before 5am to start my day. But one night I end up staying up to 11pm and still have to peel myself out of bed to hit the session.
I wake up tired because I only got 1h of pre midnight sleep (assuming I was asleep the instant my head hit the pillow) and I only got just under 6 hours of sleep compared to my usual nearly 8 hours. With everything else staying the same I come to understand why my session my have been suboptimal.
Over time (everything takes time) we can better understand the signals of our body.
Had take out instead of your normal nutritious dinner last night. You can first hand recognise the effect on your body.
Got on the turps? (Aussie slang for having a ‘some’ alcoholic beverages).
Stress levels are elevated higher than normal.
You can now start to recognise the impact stuff like this will have on your training.
Without a doubt we will all go through good training days and bad training days and our regular training days.
When our sessions are predictable and familiar it develops our confidence and we learn that we don’t need to apply useless worrying about why the session wasn’t so good.
In the same that we can come to understand that fatigue builds and can be good and useable. We are endurance athletes and there is an amount of fatigue we do have to deal with.
With repetition you’ll probably find that many times you wake up and your feel tired and there is fatigue in the legs. But you get yourself out there only to find that throughout the warm up that you actually start to feel good.
This is typically just you flushing out waste products that were still in the system from the previous days session/s.
So instead of thinking you need constant changes to improve, revel in the fact that you get to learn how to better feel what your body is telling you. This become priceless and by taking the guesswork out, your confidence will develop.
Part three’s awesome outcome is that your training becomes much more efficient.
For all of us time poor athletes, having a known weekly schedule is the sure fire way to developing a consistent training routine which removes stress and becomes much more time efficient as we can plan our weeks to fit.
Disruptions will happen as that is ‘life’ but these are greatly reduced when you know what you’ll be doing on a given day.
In endurance sport I have found that when your plan is structured for the long haul and we focus on developing motor and general triathlon skills early in the piece and move towards race specific volumes and intensities as we zero in on our race day we stand a much higher chance of our best performances.
By removing the unpredictability in our weekly sessions we are able to be more consistent and our training time becomes much more enjoyable.
Tomorrow will will knock over part four of this series on the awesome outcomes of repetition.
Be Bold, Make it Happen,
Kristian “removing the guesswork” Manietta