Triathlon Training With Injury

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An injury can happen to anyone, and can easily put a large dent in your training plan execution. It can be mentally challenging going into a race knowing you have missed one of the most important workouts leading up to it. So what can  you do when the damage has been already done? How do you keep on schedule, and prepare for a triathlon while injured?

Recognizing when to take a day off can be your best strategy. Recently I crashed my bike on the last mile of my 93 mi weekend training ride. I suffered some road rash and bruising, but unfortunately my hip area experienced some pain after the fall. The next day my training called for a 16 mile run. I had to make a decision on whether or not try to suffer through the 16 miler, or to give my body some rest. I made the decision to skip the run, and do some light weight lifting combined with a 90 min spin.

The reason I am telling you this is because you have to recognize that sometimes setbacks are going to be a part of your training. If you get injured, do not give up on your goal, and most certainly don’t get down on yourself. Work around the injury, and still maintain momentum with other forms of training. Overexerting yourself will only cause more damage in the end, and could potentially compromise your race day.

So listen to your body, and deviate from the schedule if you have to in times of injury. You might surprise yourself that the ‘forced’ rest is actually going to benefit you on the day of the event. In my case, when I was injured, and took the time off my body needed to recover, I actually was able to PR in a half Ironman because I focused more on other factors that I could control.

 

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Peter Kadzielawski

Peter Kadzielawski

Triathlon Coach at TheTriHub™
Peter Kadzielawski is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach. He also holds certifications in Sports Nutrition as well as Personal Training. As a 9x Ironman finisher himself who still remembers struggling through his first 5k run, Peter strives to inspire his clients and athletes to unleash their potential and rediscover new possibilities.

Since 2001 Peter has worked with individuals from many backgrounds, some taking up exercise for the first time looking for weight loss and toning, and others seeking guidance with a more extreme goal of training for an Ironman triathlon. Peter has published articles in the Competitor Magazine, some of his work was also featured by USA Triathlon, Golf Fitness Magazine and Colorado Runner website.
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Peter Kadzielawski

Peter Kadzielawski is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach. He also holds certifications in Sports Nutrition as well as Personal Training. As a 9x Ironman finisher himself who still remembers struggling through his first 5k run, Peter strives to inspire his clients and athletes to unleash their potential and rediscover new possibilities. Since 2001 Peter has worked with individuals from many backgrounds, some taking up exercise for the first time looking for weight loss and toning, and others seeking guidance with a more extreme goal of training for an Ironman triathlon. Peter has published articles in the Competitor Magazine, some of his work was also featured by USA Triathlon, Golf Fitness Magazine and Colorado Runner website.

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