I did a search on Trifuel regarding this, but I couldn't find any threads that addressed exactly what's in my head. Sorry if this exact thing has been addressed.
Rant: I hesitate to include the words/phrase "off-season" in this question, because I know it will spawn a bunch of macho bull-sh*t comments like, "what's an off-season" and other comments that basically are trying to say "I'm too cool for an off-season, I do everything all the time" and "if you have an off-season, you're a loser." Now you're thinking, how do I know this will happen? Well, do a search on off-season sometime, and take a read of the kind of drivel that gets poured out. Ok - rant complete.
So, to keep the pissing contest to a minimum, let's say I have a question about Triathlon Non-Racing Season (also known around these parts as winter).
Basically, my plan is to work really hard on the bike - probably five times a week. I feel it's where I stand to gain the most. My swimming is not exactly kick-ass, so I don't think I can afford to hit the pool less than 3 times a week. I'd also like to spend 45 minutes, twice a week on a strength circuit (hey, it was good enough for Mark Allen, it's good enough for me). So now I'm running out of available time to work out, while at the same time trying to keep my non-triathlete wife from killing me -- I don't think I can do two-a-day, every day. This year my running improved quite a bit, and I don't want to lose that.
So here (finally) is my question: Is running twice a week enough to keep my running fitness intact? I'm thinking one long run and one other - maybe a fartlek or tempo. There also might be a short transition run after my long bike Saturdays.
Bless me with your knowledge.