Smart Marathon Training presents a training plan for runners, but it could just as easily be described as a practical training plan for triathletes. That’s because, at its heart, it’s based on multi-sport training, relying on the complementary nature of cycling and running to produce fitness that is superior to what could be achieved if the focus in training were on one discipline or the other.
But just as Smart Marathon Training expands the traditional approach to running by focusing on building strength in the stabilizing and supporting muscles groups, so too would it complement traditional triathlon training. While triathletes naturally build endurance and skill in their three component sports — swim, bike, and run — they still can suffer from instability and weakness in their gluteus, abductors, and core — weaknesses that could compromise their form in triathlon training and racing, which could keep them from reaching their potential as competitive athletes, or worse, leave them injured. This is because triathletes, like most endurance athletes overall, fail to add strength and balance work into their routines.
These extra training modules, as detailed in Smart Marathon Training, could add as little as 20 minutes twice a week to a training plan — a fairly small time investment for all the benefits that it brings. These modules would work well for triathletes of all levels, helping to produce triathletes who are stronger and more injury-resistant. Among these additions are:
- Core Training – to strengthen the hips, abs, and lower back, which will support the body through a range of athletic motion, including swimming, cycling, and running
- Strength Training – to build strength in the upper body to help set the cadence for endurance sport movements, as well as to generally support the body in motion
- Sport-Specific Drills – exercises which directly improve form and speed in endurance sport
In future blogs I’ll address specific ways in which Smart Marathon Training is the right approach for not just runners, but triathletes as well.