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.
Guest writer Alexis Christodoulou talks to us here about the controversial talent versus hard work. Whichever side of the debate you sit on the inspiration of those accomplishing greatness in their sport is always worth watching.
Completing your first IRONMAN or indeed any long course race is always an amazingly humbling experience. There are so many sensations: happiness, pride, disappointment, relief, chaffage, pain and hunger to name but a few! However, here are a few important considerations for recovering optimally.
Finally! Race week is here. Along with the chance to race, you also have all the extra energy from the taper, the nerves, the extra eating, the hydrating, the mood swings, and maybe even some tears! You get to travel to the race location, where suddenly everything becomes very real when you’re looking at the course, the commentators and the red carpet. You can easily get intimidated by the distance, the climate, the competitors and everything else which adds up to racing a long course triathlon event!
With about a month to go until your IRONMAN race day, now is the time to start discussing how you are going to taper into the event. An effective taper will leave you sufficiently rested and trained on the start line and also give you the time to consider all other necessary preparations ahead of race day.
With about two months to go, you only have a a few weeks to go before you begin the taper. This is when everything becomes really rather critical. Now is the time to settle in to your own thoughts and build your self-belief by avoiding common pitfalls as you enter the ‘last push’.
Keeping training on plan and IRONMAN specific as well as conquering the open water are two big considerations for IRONMAN athletes in their final block of training. Maintaining focus in training and overcoming a huge barrier to IRONMAN events (the open water swim) can prove problematic for some athletes. In this blog we' will try to guide you through these two areas of your preparation.
Training for an IRONMAN can be a gruelling and tough task. Your body literally takes a pounding through the training you are doing and can sometimes break down. Carrying some sort of injury while training is very common among triathletes, almost so common that athletes think it is expected that they will end up carrying an injury through training. Well, we disagree!
Training with other athletes can be a performance enhancer and a performance inhibiter. Here we discuss the best ways of getting the most out of your training buddies while staying on track for your IRONMAN plan?
As you get your teeth stuck into training for an IRONMAN, you start raising questions about how to plan your season and what races to enter aside from your IRONMAN. This then leads naturally onto how you will fuel for your training and racing. Here we cover some of these points and the great thing is that by thinking about this early in your season there will be plenty of time to make changes, adapt and improve.
For many people, doing an IRONMAN is an effort in itself. Putting in a fast time is one step too far! However, for the rest, they want to nail a time as well as get round. The six hour bike split is a very worthy goal to have and for many people on their way to breaking 11 or 12 hours, breaking 6 hours on the bike is an important milestone. Here we discuss how to get below six hours and still run off the bike!
Many of us look to try and improve our performance by breaking 1:30 at a sprint distance triathlon. This is something that a lot of people want to try and do and is by no means an easy feat. This is a wonderful milestone to achieve and there are many different ways you could approach this depending on your strengths and weaknesses. Here, we outline a way of breaking the race that you could use.
Our Portuguese training holiday catering team, Scott and Lynn express their thanks in an update one year since the Portuguese fires devastated their house and village in northern Portugal. They were fortunate to survive as well as find their house itself miraculously untouched, despite the fire tearing right through it. We look forward to seeing them in the Algarve again in November 2018 and then for the 2019 season.
We created a crowd funding site where the TTH family managed to raise over £4,000 to help them reset after the fires. We are so grateful to everyone who gave generously.
Using our wealth of experience competing in, organising and coaching at triathlons, we have put together a comprehensive kit list of what you need to bring with you when you’re racing in a triathlon. You may find it useful to download, print and use this check list for your next race.
Taking a mid-season break feels like the worst possible thing to do. However, given the length of most people’s season and for those competitive athletes looking to peak in both qualifiers as well as championship events, a mid season break may be just what is required to avoid a burnout, injury or illness.
Training for a triathlon can seem somewhat straightforward: swim, bike, run, eat, repeat. Race with friends and if your legs are sore, then you have had a good work out; if your arms are sore, then you have had a good workout and as long as your segments or your efforts seem to be going in a positive direction, you are fitter than you have ever been before, right? However, does all that equate to a great race result? This article explores the art of specificity and how you can ensure your training is geared to the race you have signed up for.
Dr. Ollie Stoten, one of our excellent ultra distance running athletes and a polar explorer with a very keen medical mind turns his attention to that last hour before your race. Ollie offers a humorous, yet informative insight into your bodily functions in the last few minutes before you race; answering that all important question: "Why is the toilet queue so long before race start and why do I always need to go?"
With just a few weeks to go until the 2018 edition of IRONMAN UK we thought it was perfect time to check in with coached athlete Damien McConaghy. If you are not aware of Damien's story then please read this TRI247 article before reading the Q&A below. In short, Damien missed the cutoff for IRONMAN UK in 2017 by 2 mins and 23 secs. A heartbreaking end to a long day out!
As we near the race season with many people getting close to their A race, we provide a few reminders on what to focus on to ensure you have a great day out and limit race nerves. For the most part it is about being organised but remember, it isn't just organising yourself.
Racing a triathlon is tough. Yes, there are countless sayings: "winter miles, summer smiles", "train hard, race easy”, etc. etc. However, that isn’t really why we race, that describes why we train. We race for a variety of different reasons, some very personal to ourselves. This article helps you define what question you are asking yourself by racing and helps you get ready to answer it.
In the triathlon world there is often kudos given for doing “more” training. It is thought to be hardcore to add an extra rep to your session, or if you do a little extra, than you have prepped yourself a bit better for your race. Social Training Apps reward big weeks or rank athletes based on miles completed or otherwise.