So impressed by triathletes. You do weight training and long distance swimming or a significant run like 3 miles all in the same day? I though most people try to train specific muscle groups at a time. Do you think combining this gives you an advantage or do you think it may slow your muscle training/ recovery process at all? I don't have an opinion here, I'm no triathlete. I was just curious as to your thoughts as to why you train the way you do?
My weekly/daily workout load changes with where I am at in the season. So for the off season I will lower the swim/run/bike volume to maintenance mode with one workout a day and do four days of weights to add on some muscle. As I get into prepping for the racing season I will start to add volume on the swim/run/bike side and reduce the lifting to three days and once things get rolling it pretty much becomes the opposite of off season where I am mostly doing swim/run/bike workouts and lifting goes to maintenance with just two days a week. So when I am doing the four lifting days I will do more muscle group specific workouts with heavier weights and as I work my way to the two my workouts become more total body with lighter weights and more reps. Currently my schedule is:
Tues: Bike & Swim Weds Run & Lift
Thurs: Run & Bike
Fri: Swim & Lift & Bike
Sat: Bike & Run
Sun: Run & Swim
In a few weeks I will drop down to just two days of lifting and leave the rest of the schedule intact with the run, bike and swim workouts getting longer.
While my data is totally antidotal I find that lifting helps a lot with running and cycling and doing a regular core workout helps with all three sports and by adjusting my resistance training to be complementary to what I am trying to accomplish with my racing goals it avoids prolonged recovery times.
That is the kind of the high level overview of it. Hope that makes sense.