What Does This Word “Off Season” Mean??

I was asked last night by a woman I communicate with on Facebook about training what my off season was.
Off season?
Not being sure exactly what this term meant, I had to ask her to clarify.
Since starting this journey in 2010 I am not sure I have had a real off season. There is always the next race, the next event, the next workout … always ready to race with little notice. Yes, there are days, and some weeks, where I have slacked off, but never more than 3 days (and that’s by accident) before I am either running or biking again. I think some of it is fear of the scale. I have such an issue with weight gain that even a few days off will have me gaining 3-5 pounds. My body stubbornly sticks to that 250 mark on my scale like Jack Black on a sandwich. The slightest slack off or deviation from an eating regimen will see a disproportionate increase immediately (how you can gain 5 pounds after eating one pound of food is a mystery I will never solve).
So Triathlon season, for me, starts in April with St. Anthony’s and end in late September, usually with Augusta 70.3. That’s 6 months from beginning to end, with various sprints in between. Two A races, one at the start and one at the end. So that means from September to March should be my off season.
But NO … 
In November I have Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon … 
In December I have a couple of 50 mile rides … 
In January I have the Disney Goofy Challenge … 
In February I have the Best Damn Race Half Marathon and the Gasparilla Ultra Challenge (10k, 5k, 13.1, 5+3k).
And Triathlon Training for St. Anthony’s with Team in Training stats in December …
So yes, training does change a bit in those 6 months, becoming more run focused, but is that considered an OFF season? I don’t think so.
Triathlon is a year round commitment … and to get better … to progress … to become “competitive” … you have to stay on it all year round. There is always a bike scheduled, or a run. The one thing that does seem to take a back seat is swimming, but there is no real excuse for that to lack off either. We have access to an indoor pool. The distances may be cut back on, 3-4 loops at Flatwoods instead of the normal 6-8 loops. Maybe one 50-60 mile ride a month instead of every other weekend. The runs may cut off at 6 instead of 10. But both continue on…
… and on
… and on

2 thoughts on “What Does This Word “Off Season” Mean??

  • November 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    If definitely is that Megan, and hopefully you find some one along the way that is OK with sharing that part of your life.

  • November 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I read an article in Bicycling Magazine (yes, I am now a subscriber . . . I have to fuel the fire) that refers to the “off season” as “down time.” I like that change, because there is always necessary maintenance. The “off season” is when you get better – truly. There's no pressure of an A race – just riding 30-40 miles because you can . . . working on interval training more than distance. The training time required isn't as intense, and so there is no burn out. You do the workouts, but you still enjoy free time! I love that your calendar is full. Triathlon is a way of life. Not a season 🙂

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