Posts tagged Racing
IRONMAN Race week

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!

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The IRONMAN Taper

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.

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Balancing your Race Plan with an IRONMAN

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.

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Smashing the Sub 6 hour IRONMAN Bike

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!

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How to Break 1 Hour 30 Mins in a Sprint Distance Race

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.

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Triathlon Kit List

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.

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Are you prioritising Specific Training?

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.

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Why do I always need the toilet before a race?

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?"

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How to Plan for Race Week

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.

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Preparing to Suffer On Race Day

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.

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How to Balance Training with a Busy Schedule. Athlete Profile: Hagai and Tevfik

Here we introduce Tevfik, who works in the financial services bouncing his time between London and Turkey while training for IRONMAN and Hagai who balances his family, working life in the city with training for long course and middle distance races. They have both been working with Tri Training Harder for a few years and are certainly fantastic characters. They kindly give us an insight to how they fit their training into a busy schedule. See what you can learn from these two:

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Help! I've Entered A Triathlon And I Don't Know Where To Start.....

We've all been there (read the coaches bios!) where we've entered an event not really knowing what it entails, egged on by a bit of peer pressure, Fear Of Missing Out or just because it sounded like a good idea at the time.  Below we discuss the elements you need to include in your training to help you complete your first triathlon.....hopefully the first of many.

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How to Break the 1 Hour IRONMAN Swim Barrier

Here we break down what that formidable 1-hour IRONMAN swim looks like to help make the impossible become seemingly possible. For many people dipping below the hour is a fantastic accolade and will help you get out on the bike ahead of the madness that is the large group of athlete swimming just over one hour. Is it all to do with being a great swimmer, or is there more to it than that?

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GO and TRI a GO TRI

GO TRI is an initiative set up and funded by Triathlon England to make multi discipline sport more accessible to everyone. The GO TRI events are generally shorter in distance than 'normal' events with slightly relaxed rules and a huge emphasis on giving it a go and having fun. These events are designed to be very beginner friendly with the majority (if not all!) the participants completing something like this for the first time.

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Elaine Garvican Race Report: Ironman World Championship 2017

The 2017 Ironman World Championships was my 3rd experience of racing on the Big Island. I qualified at Ironman Weymouth in September 2016, which gave Philip and I a little over a year to prepare. Thirteen months to dream, to plan and to train for just over 10 hours of swimming, biking and running. I went to Kona aiming at the age group podium and in the end, I fell slightly short. When I started to think about this race report, I was reminded of one a good friend of mine once wrote about a race at which he qualified for Kona whilst also not quite hitting several other goals. He entitled it “A Rather Glorious Failure” and in many ways this is how I feel about my 2017 World Champs race. 

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