It’s a simple question which athletes ask (when they do ask), but we ALL face this conundrum at times due to our busy lives and things just popping up.

Now if you have followed me long enough or are on one of my programs then you know that I don’t put recovery days into the typcial week. They’re only placed at very strategic times.

I have covered the reasoning for this before.

However the question I get asked a lot is this: I have had something come up and I now only have a small window of opportunity to train. The session is going to take me 70 minutes but I only have 40 minutes max. Should I just miss it and take the day off?

Now this doesn’t fit into the “I NEED recovery” basket, so my response is always this.

No you should not miss the session. OK, you’re only going to get a portion of the programmed session in. But this is very important.

Because it keeps training CONSISTENCY and if there is anything that brings about success it’s laying down a training program CONSISTENTLY for many many months. Period.

Doing even a partial session means we still get to stimulate the systems we wanted to stimulate on this specific day. This keeps the training mix intact and you steadily moving in the right direction towards your goals.

Even 20 minutes is better than nothing. It will also do loads for your head too.

No more excuses … get to it.

I’ll leave you with a couple of qoutes I had running through my head this morning on my computrainer while hitting 4x10min tolerance efforts.

“I aint going to lie, practice hurts” Linkin Park

“Beating your competition is relatively easy. But beating yourself is a never ending commitment” Nike – There is no Finish Line

Have an awesome day.

Kristian

P.S. In the name of improving your Triathlon game I have been steadily building TSU. Full details soon, but if there is an area
of knowledge you think you need to become a better athlete what is it?

P.P.S. Oh, over at TP Therapy we have a cool new tool. It’s called our Cold Roller. Awesome – check out the video blog
here.