Off season training tips

Even with the temperature bouncing around and now snow on the ground (not that I’m complaining) its that time of year where a lot of your workouts are going to be indoors. Just last night I was sitting in my studio doing hill climb simulations on my bike trainer.

The challenge for all of us is  how to make the workouts interesting and beneficial without falling in to a rut. Over the next several weeks I’m going to speak with the best of the best in endurace sports about their off season training schedules and what tips the have for keeping it fresh!

Here is a tip I got from Robbie Ventura of Vision Quest Coaching last year when he helped me pick out a road bike.



If there are any pro’s you’d like to hear from or have specific questions you’d like to ask, just send me an email and I’ll try and get you some answers.

Happy  Training!

Managing sleep, training and everything else.

You know the story. You’ve got a big week of training lined up, but you’re missing out on valuable sleep that you need to help your body recover.

It’s the story of my life right now. I’ve been working to bounce back from a knee/foot injury from the Chicago Marathon. My training has been made up of short easy workouts, slowly building to the long hard sessions I’ll need to prep for IM Florida 70.3 and IM Wisconsin.

To add to the mayhem I have a 2 year old who’s decided 4am is time to be wide awake, and a newborn who… well… is a newborn, so she hasn’t quite developed a respect for “night time” yet.


Take this morning as an example, Sam (my 2 year old) was wide awake yelling “DAAAAAAD WHERE ARE YOU!!!” At 4 am, I tried to get him to back to sleep for a while, but after an hour of up and down I called it quits and took him downstairs. My wife and I were already up and down with our newborn, so we’re drained.

It’s too early for breakfast, so we had some fruit (and coffee for me) and started to play. After a cup of coffee I had a little pep! I reluctantly put on Wonder Pets (we don’t like him to watch TV, so it’s a last resort) and I got on my bike. My legs felt like Jell-O… I just didn’t have it in me, after 5 minutes I bagged the workout.

Because I’ve been so tired I took the last 2 days off. So I REALLY wanted to get some work in today. I’m going to shoot for getting a ride and run in during nap-time. So we;ll see how that goes.

So how do you manage getting in your training and rest? Do you have any tips or suggestions?