The ‘off-season’ for some athletes is the dreaded time after the last race of the year before training for the next race begins. It can last anywhere from 4 weeks to 4 months. I used the word “dreaded” because many athletes hate this time of year. It’s a time of unstructured workouts and a time of unstructured eating. Some people feel like a sailboat adrift at sea with no direction and feel very uncomfortable about that–me included.