Seinfeld Knows Sport
by Justin Daerr
When I see reruns from most 1990s sitcoms I wonder how I ever enjoyed watching any of them. Of course, there are exceptions, most notably: Seinfeld. I always loved how Seinfeld managed to pull multiple story lines together in the final scenes of a show, no matter how seemingly unrelated they all appeared to be. My assumption, whether right or wrong, was that the writers of this show must have written their scripts by starting with the conclusion. Putting the entire show together began by knowing where they wanted to end.
Establishing major goals in triathlon is not much different in my eyes. In this case, the final scene lies in the key race. Knowing where you want to be on that day should determine how you build your training as you work backwards to present day.
When athletes and I discuss what training needs to be done to achieve their goals, I often suggest specific workouts that should be accomplished in their final builds (approximately the last 12 weeks leading into a major race). For ironman racing, I break workouts into three types:
With any workout, you are going to have components of all three, but the primary goal lies in one of those categories.
Always remember to refer back to your goals when developing a plan for your key races and expect to have to make adjustments along the way. By establishing your goals, and working your way backwards in planning for them, you will always know where you want to go.
Justin Daerr is a professional triathlete and co-owner of Endurance Corner. Read more from Justin at JustinDaerr.com and follow Justin on Twitter @justindaerr.