2017 is over and it is time to look at the data and see how the training did go, compare with the previous years and set goals for the coming season.
- Total 382h / 314 sessions / 260 active days / 105 rest days
- Swim 29h57 / 89km / 51 sessions
- Bike 212h31 / 110 sessions
- Road Cycling 126h / 3268 km / 39 sessions
- Indoor Cycling 86h / 71 sessions
- Run 122h32 / 1439km / 118 sessions
- Strength & Conditionning 17h / 35 sessions
The swim volume is very low. For some triathletes, this volume could be easily done in a month or two of training. But, given the limited time I had for swimming, it was just enough to allow me to swim comfortably during the races. As I mainly squeeze the swim training into my lunch break, the average duration is 35 minutes per session. That is also very low and wouldn't be considered as a training for most of swimmers/triathletes. In my case, my main swimming limiter is technique and I thought it makes sense to have short sessions more frequently and focus on technique rather than having just one long session a week. I think these short sessions were very productive since my swimming times improved and I was very comfortable in the water during all my races. I will try to swim more in 2018 but I don't expect a big increase in volume.
My bike performances in the previous years were below average and it was clearly due to lack of volume and consistency. This year my bike training was very consistent. The cycling volume went from 120 hours in 2016 to 212 hours in 2017. With the addition of a power meter, the quality of my training improved a lot. I had also more long rides and more climbing than the previous years. I believe I still have a huge room for improvement on the bike and this year was a solid base for the coming seasons. I will definitely bike more in 2018.
I have been struggling with a hamstring injury from end of 2016 until July/August 2017. Until then, my running was inconsistent and the volume was low. Fortunately, I started feeling really good in September and I was able to put enough volume to run a 3h06 marathon PB by the end of October. That's a very good result with a relatively low running volume, 1439 km in total. If no injury occurs, my running volume should be higher in 2018.
Strength & Conditioning
Strength and conditioning is a key part of triathlon training. It is very important to avoid injuries. I was neglecting it in the past but, with the increased workload, I feel the need to work a lot more on my core strength. I tried to be more consistent this year but it is still not enough. The goal for 2018 is to have at least one S&C session per week.
Comparison with the previous years
In 2017, I had a big jump in volume compared to the previous years. The total duration is 381 hours, that's 120 hours more than 2016. It is also the total duration of 2013 and 2014 combined. The volume increase didn't feel tough on the body mainly because my fitness has improved a lot in my second year working with my coach. The biggest increase was on the cycling volume. My active days increased from 189 days (207 trainings) in 2016 to 260 (314 trainings) in 2017. In average, I was training 5 to 6 days/week. Most of the rest days came during the taper and recovery periods before and after a race. Even though I have finished 6 Ironman 70.3 before this year, I would consider 2017 as the first year of serious triathlon training. My commitment to training was much higher and I was very consistent throughout the year. The guidance of my coach is key to manage this increase in volume and make every training session count. The goal for 2018 is to be more consistent, train more, train smart and enjoy the process of training and racing.