Training Lessons from the pros! Alison Hooper shares with us her 3 lessons in training as a young athlete. Juggling, pro athleticism as a youth, school and making time for friends can be hard, but like all dedicated athletes, she has found a way to stay at the top of her game!
The way I see it there are 3 ways to train. Alison Hooper- 3 Ways to Train, Top Lessons Learned
#1 - train consistently and go hard as much as you can without dying
#2 - train hard but not consistently
#3 - don't train hard or consistently
Over the past 3 years I have trained in all three categories.
My first year was #2 for sure…with my body getting used to the sport of triathlon and my family adjusting to the different schedule from my competitive swimming background I can say I trained hard but not totally consistently.
Last year was an out of my control #3. With injury after injury and races and sickness I was unable to push myself to the max without experiencing something that made my training inconsistent.
Happily enough I am proud to rank myself currently at #1 . This training camp in Arizona this past two weeks has definitely been a stepping stone in the consistent direction for this upcoming race season. I don't know if it is because I am away on a training camp without a lot of distractions, or perhaps the climate is more agreeable and my body adapts better, or because I have finished classes FINALLY... or or or... I could probably go on forever.
All I am certain of is, that I am making the right training decisions and am happy that progression is taking place in all three sports. Sometimes it's the small things that can make you get to that next level... maybe the small thing I should cut out of my schedule is school, just kidding! Education is first and foremost, perhaps schools should integrate with triathlon clubs! That's a thought!
Consistency is here to stay!