6 Steps To Return to Training Load

6 Steps To Return to Training Load


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As soon as the new year starts most individuals want to get back into their routine flat out. However, this is not the way to do it in the triathlon world, after any break you must build yourself back progressively into your routine.
Sarah Crowley shares her six tips on how she progressively returns to her training load.
Crowley's tips include:
1. Start and build slowly / cut back the volume considerably at least for the first two weeks until you’re in routine
2. Back off or even stop if you start to feel injury niggles or usual tightness
3. Rest is as important as ever
4. Avoid too much data
5. Avoid groups of fit people if you are inclined to bat above your average
6. Make sure you are on top of your physio routine from the start (I see Kieron at BL Physio and go to No More Knots at least once a week). Having a base line of your body is important so you know if and when anything goes out of wack.

Image: @sarah_stan_crowley


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