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Anyone here a multisport athlete?

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    I signed up for a June trail 50k and started the 80/20 Power plan last month.
    In normal times, I play ice hockey recreationally. For the first time in a year, I got to play yesterday! But WOW, my heart rate is deffffinitely in a high zone while playing.

    Soon, I’ll be able to get back to a once-a-week hockey game. I’m not going to give up hockey to focus only on my 50k. (I just want to finish strong; I’m not looking to win any races).

    So, how have you balanced 80/20 training while also playing another sport? Should I…
    -use my weekly hockey game to replace one higher-intensity run that week?
    -just throw hockey on top of everything else?
    -something I’m not considering?

    This week, I ended up doing my Endurance Run in the AM and hockey in the PM. Then a couple days later, I replaced my 44 CV run with a 35 Foundation Run.

    Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks!


    I’ll be following this. I run and ride my bike. Just starting to adjust to the 80/20 plans. Will be experimenting with adding in bike rides. Some are commutes, some are longer rides. Best of luck working in the running and hockey.

    David Warden


    Welcome to the forums! The answer depends on the sport. I’ve actually coached a significant number of hockey players as I have a large Russian group of athletes.

    I consider hockey to be an endurance sport. It’s up to hour of slow and fast intensity, but it’s an endurance sport like soccer or basketball.

    The good news is that I would absolutely count the time you play as endurance exercise, and toward your weekly tally. The bad news is that I would absolutely count the time you play as endurance exercise, and toward your weekly tally! This means that the 50/50 low/high intensity you experience in an hour of hockey should be included in your 80/20 ratios.

    I would not use hockey to replace any of your run training, but do count it towards the overall training time for the week. This might mean that you drop your Level from a Level 2 to a Level 1 so that you can still complete all the scheduled workouts while adding 2-3 hours of hockey each week.

    Do you need to adjust your training as well to accommodate the 50/50 intensity ratios of hockey? Technically, yes, but I don’t know it is worth it. Let’s say you do 3 hours of hockey, that’s 1.5 hours of high intensity instead of 40 minutes of high intensity. In a 10 hour training week, your 50 minutes over. It’s not insignificant, but it’s not too bad. If you want to be letter of the law, you would add another 1-2 hours of easy training to bring the ratios back in line.

    Additionally, although I consider hockey an endurance sport, it has diminishing returns for the specificity of triathlon. It ultimately can’t replace endurance running, cycling, or swimming. As you get closer your race, non-specific sport training can start to interfere with your triathlon fitness. The minimum running fitness gained from an hour of hockey is not worth the tradeoff of the recovery time required from a game.

    But, at the same time doing nothing but triathlon training can’t be boring! So there are other benefits to continuing hockey as part of your training.



    Wow, thank you so much for the thoughtful answer!

    That’s all very good to know. Considering I play a max of 1 hour/week (and half that time is spent on the bench), I won’t worry much about trying to balance it out with extra low-intensity running.

    Have a great weekend!

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