One of the things that’s really helped me stay on top of things throughout the season and be downright faster has been strength and mobility training on a regular basis. Erin Carson, of RallySport Boulder, leads our twice weekly strength sessions as a component of the APEX Coaching group. On Tuesdays and Fridays, a group of pro triathletes, cyclists, runners and swimmers get together under Erin’s guidance and work through a wide range of moves. The goal is never a single focus as simple as “get stronger.” From dead lifts and squats, to speed work on the ladder on the ground, to box jumps, to pilates-type workouts and yoga poses – the group runs through a program complimentary to the on bike (or foot/pool for those multi sporter types) training schedule.
For me, I notice things like improved seated power, resistance to fatigue week-in and week-out, ability to transfer power to the wheels across bumpier terrain and a boosted ability to resist injury or lessen the effects of a crash. I’ve been working with Erin now for a couple years and my challenge this coming fall is to keep the strength program as a part of my weekly schedule even with the travel on each weekend. I think it’ll be a big boost for my consistency throughout the season.