Welcome, to the arena of dreams! It’s Kona week, the most wanted race for all the Long Distance Triathlon lovers is here and we just can’t wait for the show to begin! Coach Diogo outlines some of the ones to watch.
How many times you did something just because a friend of yours told you to do so? How many times did you fail to research if what you were doing was really effective and not just a placebo? Recovery myths are all over the place and in triathlon there are no exceptions. Read on to hear how coach Diogo reviews some of the common forms of recovery.
In this article, coach Soraya discusses how two key areas of the body that offer your platform for good movement and function. Read on to find out about how to improve your shoulder and your pelvis function to ensure you avoid the dreaded overuse injury.
From the 18th-20th September, Coaches Philip and Tim were fortunate enough to attend the 2019 Endurance Coaching Summit in Boulder Colorado. The event, hosted and sponsored by Training Peaks, is now in its 5th year attracting coaches and experts from all around the globe offering the only opportunity to collaborate and learn from thought leaders in the endurance industry.
All to often, Training Camps are bracketed for those who are deemed higher performers. However, we strongly believe that training camps are where the “magic” happens. Not least because they really are for everyone (who is a triathlete!). We genuinely feel that training camps are not a normal holiday and as such, the everyday triathlete can get something out of our experiences as long as they are after a trip that is more for them than what their “normal” friends would say!
Chris Ashford had a great year of running in 2017 with fantastic results that you can read more about here. Unfortunately shortly after those successes, a “stress response” was found in his lower back, putting on hold any further running adventures for 2018. As any triathlete will tell you, if you can’t swim or bike or run, then just run or bike or swim instead (which ever you can carry on doing). This lead to a personal challenge of Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) in 2018 and as Chris looked to go further and further, 2019 lead to Paris – Brest – Paris. Lets find more about it here:
Research shows that over 50% of triathletes have experienced overuse injuries; not a great slogan for the sport! Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent getting hurt (things that people bringing up those stats are probably not doing!).
How many times have you asked your coach to do just one more race before you finish your season and suddenly picked up an injury for 3 or 4 months? Perhaps your off season recovery and development was focussed more on a timeline to get you back into the sport before the next season began? Athletes are very similar in many aspects of their behaviour, they always think they can do just one more, just one more repetition, just one more workout, just one more race…However, your body might “think” differently! Time to work out if it is time to call an end to a season before you end up being told to end the season.
Team athlete Elaine Garvican recently gave birth to her first daughter after performing exceptionally well in Kona 2017 as one of the leading Age Groupers. Below she describes how she has adjusted to becoming a mother and fitting her athletic lifestyle in differently to 2017.
Here coach Diogo discussed very openly how a coaching relationship is a relationship based on trust and communication. All too often we base our opinion of coaching and coaches on what they know (and this is important) but don’t forget that you need to connect and build that relationship as well – when that happens, the performance magic happens!
Here Kat Cook talks through her training for her A race of the year: The Monster Triathlon – reputed to be the UK’s Toughest Triathlon. She gives an honest review of how she came to this extreme event and how she deals with the highs and lows that the sport throws our way.
A new client asked for help her buy her first bike to use in her first triathlon. Her goal is to eventually complete a half IRONMAN, but she is currently inexperienced at cycling and feels overwhelmed with all the options out there. Whilst we cannot make the final decision for her (ultimately it's her money, and her decision), We can help her make sense of the information she sees. Perhaps this could help you too…?
As an athlete nears or enters race season, it also suddenly becomes the holiday season! So as to avoid becoming a total holiday bore, coach Soraya explores how to (subtly) continue with your training without letting your friends or family realise deep down the sweat isn’t pouring off your head because of the beautiful sunny location, but rather you are thinking how hard it will be to join in with swim squad again when you return!
Jaime joined us in Greece for our Syros training camp. Below, she gives her open and honest review of her experiences and gives advice on travelling as well as top Greek phrases that helped her get through the week!
What should you do after your main race and when should you decide on what to do are some of the most common questions people have around racing and the aftermath. Here Coach Diogo discusses how to work through the impulsive purchase of a race entry when standing on the finish line of your most recent event and how to learn from a mistake he made early in his racing career.
Coach Soraya joined us in 2019 for and it happened to coincide with her first attempt at an IRONMAN. She had chosen the famous IRONMAN Austria to be her first attempt at toe-ing the line and describes below her experiences and we can see how her passion and emotions run through her race experience and it is very clear we will see her doing a few more IRONMAN distance races in the not too distant future! Furthermore, she has kindly provided us with her twelve top tips which she wishes she had know before starting!
Representing your country at an age group or elite level in an international event is a real honour and achievement in it’s own right. It helps us race for something bigger than ourselves and the levels of camaraderie are second to none. However, with a representation, comes significantly higher pressure, expectation and harder racing. There are a few good rules to follow to help you get the most out of your exciting race without being overwhelmed by the experience and as a result, you will get so much more out your event than those who don’t follow these rules.
Being injured is extremely frustrating. Not only does it stop you from doing what you love but also sets you back in your training. Knowing what to do nutritionally in the initial period can limit recovery time and influence the quality of repair. Here, Helen Money helps guide you on how to ensure a quick return to the sporting arena from a nutritional point of view.
Paul Hayward talks through odyssean adventure just to get through the toughest single day event on the planet which was made so much tougher when the Emerald Isle decided to throw everything it could against these IRONMAN competitors. Read below to hear his account of the event and listen to his views on the shortened course.
Astrophysics and triathlon?! How do the two even relate to one another? Here we discuss how a tip to understand how far away starts are can help us ascertain how our race result actually was and can help us give a truer understanding of what went well and what we would need to work on for the next race.
Here we have outlined the most common “things going wrong” in a triathlon. Many of these can be mitigated by giving yourself more time or by being prepared. However, somethings to just go wrong – a cool head and a little bit of head up racing can me you make the most out of a bad situation!
As the balance of training and leans towards more racing in the summer season, we have to be careful that what we do through these months still helps us excel in the races we really want to do well in rather than create a ‘race league’ with our normal training buddies every day!
Endurance athletes train to succeed, not when everything goes perfectly, but rather when things aren’t! Below, we explore the how some athletes simply weren’t psychologically ready to take on a competition and how we can learn from it to ensure we build for the next experience.
For someone new to racing, everything goes into planning for your big day but very little consideration is given to the hours or days after the event (except perhaps which food or drink you want to ‘smash’ on the finish line...!). Without introducing too strict a regime, some small considerations can be really helpful to get you back moving in good time to make the Monday morning coffee conversation about how well you are doing after such a big endurance feat!
As the seasons begin to change, we start to see open water venues open once again and this usually indicates to triathletes that race season is now just around the corner and they begin to ditch the busy pool and flock to the open water in their droves! In this blog we look at how important open water swimming practice is and how to incorporate open water swimming into your schedule most effectively.