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Training During the Holidays-- Advice from Pro Triathlete Lauren Goss

29 December 2012 @ 8:05 AM  / Sponsored Athletes / Sports / Fitness Blog /

Looking for some motivation to get off the couch this holiday season? Here are some tips from Pro Triathlete Lauren Goss. You can even check out what Lauren has been up to and see her training details in her Garmin Connect Profile-- where you can comment, "like", share and download her workouts straight to your compatible Garmin device. While your at it, check out some of Lauren's mouth watering recipes that are certain to get you off to a great start in 2013!!

Oh, but it's the holiday season! It's allowed.

Screen Shot 2012-12-24 at 9.08.06 PMI hope everyone enjoyed some time away from their crazy lives and had an opportunity to recharge with family and friends.

Holiday training can be tough. So many temptations, so many social gatherings, cold weather, lazy days, and the list goes on. Cookies, cheesecake, pies, wine, sangria, beer, cocktails... Fortunately, it is only December. Racing and focused training does not really need to start until the New Year.

There are two ways to treat the holiday season when it comes to training for triathlon.

1.  Biggest bang for your buck

My senior year of college I took this approach. During the week I was so busy studying that it was always Screen Shot 2012-12-24 at 9.09.18 PM
hard to fit in quality workouts; I was chronically exhausted. Therefore, over the long holiday break I decided I would train as much as possible and do as much “testing” to see where my fitness level was. I have a friend who is a pro as well as schoolteacher and I know he utilizes this approach too. He calls it “painfest of Christmas”. The holidays are a perfect opportunity to squeeze in a mini training camp with friends, so that going into the New Year you do not feel "mental guilt" for slacking on the logged hours.

 2.  Unstructured training

Screen Shot 2012-12-26 at 12.52.29 PMThis is the approach I have used the past two years. I am in the middle of my 3rd week back training from my 5-week break, so I am still just logging time and getting in some base. The past week or so I have been
training when I felt like training or had some friends to go with. Come January 1st, I will have to be so focused on my diet, recovery, sleep, and my detail-oriented workouts. I decided it was best to just relax over Christmas because the high stress time will be here soon enough. With that, I do not recommend being completely blind to what you are doing and putting on a ton of weight. The weight will be a challenge to lose and not a fun task when training starts back up. Everything in moderation :-).

Whatever you choose to do, enjoy it. Happy holidays and remember to hold your loved ones close!



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