Winter training tips by triathlete Martijn Dekker
Winter is in full swing in most European countries. But triathletes still have to keep training so that we are fit to race in the summer. How does our triathlete Martijn Dekker remains in shape? We are curious about his insights on this.
The winter period is perhaps the most important period of the year.
Every day during my own training sessions I see other people training and then I often see things go wrong.
The winter period is perhaps the most important period of the year. Here you lay the foundation for the rest of the season. During this period you do not want to get injured or overtired.
That's why I give 5 tips that I use during the winter. These tips are also based on people I see training during the winter and which I think can be improved.
1. No shorts or t-shirt during the training that you do outside. Your muscles and tendons cool too much and this increases the chance of injuries. Make sure you work with layers. If it is too hot you can always pull out a piece of clothing. These days there are really good clothes for winter training. On the bike I use the bioracer winter line. It protects me from wind and little rain.
2. Start your winter training with the foundation. Make sure you lay a large foundation in the winter before you start working on the specific zones.
3. If you do interval training, do it indoors. Because of this you do not suffer from the cold air that you breathe during the heavy parts.
4. If you train indoors, make sure you drink enough in combination with the right amount of salt and carbo. There are too many people who drink too little or even not. Even though the training is short.
5. Try something different than just swimming, cycling and running. Many athletes have already been burnt out at the beginning of the summer because they have already swum, cycled or ran a lot.
These are the tips that I mainly use during the winter. Do you have any good tips yourself? Then I would like to hear them.
Triathlete of the ITZU TRI TEAM