How to Train for a Marathon Without Sacrificing Swim and Bike Fitness
With three sports to account for, a triathlete's training regimen can get jam-packed.
But what happens if a triathlete wants to focus on one area of competition in the offseason? Do sacrifices need to be made?
If you're looking to improve your run time, training for a marathon is a viable option. But running a marathon without sacrificing swim and bike fitness takes planning.
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Keep Goals in Focus
When creating your marathon training plan, it's important to write down your goals. Here are samples:
- Set a new PR: If you're gunning for a PR, your training sessions will change significantly. Your main sessions will be runs, and swimming or cycling workouts may be either non-existent or optional.
- Keep a three-hour ride in my marathon training: Similar to the previous goal, you're looking to fit a marathon into a multisport training plan without sacrificing your long rides. If performance is important in the long ride, it can be difficult to manage. As marathon training builds to a peak, high-intensity cycling sessions can suffer.
- Stay healthy: Running poses high injury and illness risk. Be careful with the number of stressful workouts you do each week and pay close attention to overall training volume.
- Run for fun: If you just want to successfully complete a marathon, it's easier to include swimming and cycling in your training plan.
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