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What's Your Peak Week?

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Paul Weston Ironman

I am now just 17 days away from my Virtual Ironman Triathlon in support of the MS Society.

I should have been competing at the annual Ironman Mont Tremblant, but due to the COVID 19 pandemic, all races this year are cancelled, and because races are more than a great day out, for me, they create the environment I need in order to be motivated to train and lead a healthy lifestyle. So, I decided I was going to continue to prepare as if the race was still taking place.

As with any endurance event, training requires preparation and planning, and one of the key components is what is known as ‘Peak Week’.

During this period an athlete will push themselves to the extremes of their endurance levels in order to ‘stretch’ the body, after which there is a three-week taper down in activity so that when Race Day arrives, you know you can perform to the required level, but have also rested enough.

As a triathlete, I have to do several 4000 metre swims, some 180km+ bike rides and some 20-30kms runs – with very few rest days. I actually enjoy Peak Week, even though it is very tough, because I get a great deal of satisfaction from checking off the activities which creates a great sense of accomplishment.

It also means I get to eat a lot of healthy food as I need to replenish my Physical Energy Resources, which in turn fuels my Mental Energy Resources, so the endorphins kick in and I feel great.

When you have some key projects coming up (just like a major race), have you thought of creating a Peak Week during which you and your team really push the boundaries of productivity to the limits?

Either set yourself or your team some tough productivity targets that you know will be a stretch. Choose a week during which you will accomplish them. And give yourself a reward when they are all done.

Peak Week - you may find it to be a great way to achieve more than you thought you could, get more done, and feel great about what you are doing.