I’m training for middle distance triathlons and wanted some advice on how to to fit strength training into my week.
I’m doing somewhere between the mid to high volume plans - I customise and move things a bit - which means I generally have 2 workouts everyday, or 3 some days if I want to give myself a recovery day. The problem I have is that if I squeeze 2 strength sessions in I have some really big training days and no doubt the strength training fatigue will impact the next workout.
My cycling is my strongest sport so I feel I can miss a bike workout, e.g. Petit, in place of a strength session. I could also replace one of the high intensity sessions with a strength workout which would increase my % of low intensity work per week (because I’m decreasing high intensity volume), which should help improve my base. My swim is weakest, but the effort to improve this vs the reward is also lowest for my target events, so I feel I could miss a swim session and not be in too bad shape for the overall race. My run has the most room for improvement - 70.3 half marathon just under 1:45, but with training I think I can hit 1:30, so if anything I think I need to increase the low intensity volume on the run for the greatest impact on the overall time. Also, I think strength training is most likely to improve my run performance.
So, wondering how others would manage a mid/ high volume training plan with 2 strength training sessions per week, and balancing the 3 sports for optimal gains