Quote: M.F.K. Fisher / Photo: Fendy Pradana on Unsplash
Note: As the COVID-19 pandemic upends all of our lives, it is great to have something to look forward to in the future and help us keep some routine in our lives. Despite how it seems now, life will go on. Eventually. At this point, Ironman Canada in August 2020 is still on as scheduled. We have no way to know if this will stay the same but we can remain positive and hold on to hope. Maintaining training for this event may seem like some strange combo of pointless, impossible, and the only thing keeping you sane in these scary and trying times. Right now, it’s about doing what you can with what you can control and we are basing this blog on that.
Swim. Bike. Run. Check. Hopefully, you’ve been able to maintain some volume of training although swimming for most right now is a no-go with pools closed. This is the time to try dryland swim workouts and resistance band workouts to keep some muscle memory for swimming even if you don’t have any time in the water. Not to worry because with five months to go there is still time to get the swim back. Hopefully for many it will be warm enough to hit that open water soon.
Besides swim, bike and run what else can we focus on now and work on during these unusual times? What is a key aspect of training that supports all three of these sports and helps drive recovery? It’s the fourth sport that isn’t always acknowledged. Fueling!
Yep, working on your nutrition in all it’s many aspects is critical to a successful Ironman. It’s time to put on your detective hat to do some sleuthing about nutrition.
It’s that time of year and with the transition from summer to fall/winter running coming, we often hear about more trips and falls when out running right now. Soon trees will drop their leaves, it gets darker and wetter and tripping hazards are even more pronounced. Falling when out for a run can happen at any time of the year. And no, you don’t even have to be out for a run!