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Great feedback! Thank you all for sharing your thoughts. It is a challenging time as our usual routine has been disrupted. However, as I shared with the HIP group, remember the whole point of a training program is to learn and grow as a triathlete. There is seldom a perfect training season (work interference, illness, injury, etc) or perfect race day. Something will come up that is unplanned. Thus it is how you respond that matters and determines the ultimate success of your season. So, yes doing dryland work is not the same as getting in a pool, which is not the same as getting practice in open water. However there are always ways to find benefits of what you are able to do. And, like many of you have mentioned, you are able to do the ‘other’ things like fulfilling the bike workouts or getting in strength training. So let’s celebrate these wins!
In addition, this is a great opportunity to talk about other areas like nutrition! Here are the baseline data points that you want to work from.
As others have mentioned, there are places to ride outdoors. You just have to find them. They often require a few strategies:
- Get out early or on off peak times
- Get out during less than ideal weather. There was a little wind the other day that kept everyone else home and I had the roads to myself
- Seek the hills. Most people avoid the hills. They desire the flats. So take advantage of some A+ efforts on hillier terrain (or hill repeats)
And remember, sharing your experiences here is a great way to feel connected to an active community and keep motivated. So let’s keep sharing! What is working? What can we keep refining?
Great feedback all!