How to train in isolation
Your training plan for 2021 must obviously take into account the worldwide pandemic that has forced the cancellation of many, if not all, SwimRun events. We take a look at why you should plan for 2021, how to plan, and how to train in isolation.
Motivation; When you have an event (or even better, several events) planned, you know that a while down the road you are going to be challenged physically. Your strength and endurance are going to be tested, and this gives you a reason to start and continue with some training.
Focus; Once you have selected a race to take part in, you know the distance and your approximate time. You can start to focus your training towards the requirements of the particular race.
Something to look forward to; Mentally, making a plan for a race in the future gives you something to look forward to. It becomes something that you think about, and occupies your time.
Choose a distance; Most events offer 3 distances.
Consider travel; You need to think about how far you want to travel for an event. Can you drive there? Or travel by rail or coach? Or even fly? After the pandemic has passed, traveling may be limited in some way. It may be best at this time to try to find an event as close as possible, to reduce your travel needs.
Consider accommodation; You will need to consider where you will stay. Unless the race is within 20 - 40 miles of your home, you may want to consider staying overnight somewhere near the start. I know I do! Are there Air BnB opportunities in the area? Or can you stay with a friend or relation?
Solo or team? The original idea of SwimRun was that you took part as a team of 2. This was for safety reasons. Recently, event organizers such as Ötillö have introduced the 'solo' option for shorter distances, such as 'Experience' and 'Sprint' races. The longer World Series events are still only open to teams of 2.
SO, do you plan to race alone as a solo competitor, or as a team of 2?
Resources for training - what can you realistically use? At the moment, many countries across the world have closed public swimming pools, public parks, and even beaches, which means no swimming in the sea. Where we live in Spain, we are not allowed to leave the house for any reason, other than to buy groceries (only at the nearest store) or for a medical emergency or to visit a pharmacy (only 1 customer at a time inside).
So what resources do we have? Here are some possibilities;
Click HERE for some ideas about the best home exercise equipment, still available from Amazon!
Initial training is basic fitness training. If you have been confined to your home during the pandemic, it is hard to keep up your fitness. The initial training you take on at this time with a plan for 2021 is basic fitness training. It will improve your respiratory capacity, your heart health, and your mental well-being.
Training in isolation - SwimRun workouts
- a turbo trainer for your bike
- an elliptical trainer
- a home treadmill
- resistance bands
- A running route through your home/garage/backyard.
Have a look at our page on home workout plans for more ideas!
Alternatives to weights; You need a little imagination here! If you don't have any proper gym hand weights, you can use anything that weighs a few pounds;
Be sure to spend 10 to 15 minutes stretching after any home workout.
We have a NEW page on home workout plans for swimrunners, showing the circuit training that we are currently doing to stay in place.
Out of interest, here are the events that we are looking at for late 2020 and 2021;
1. Swimrun events;
2. Swimming events;
3. Running events;
We don't know which events will take place, or which ones we will have done enough training for; BUT this is our plan, something to plan for and look forward to!
Here is a light-hearted video that we made, just for fun.