Sharon Simpson, one of the physio's who has worked with us for a couple of years in Portugal and now resides at The Bosworth Clinic is always on hand to help with her insight and expertise. Below she explores three very common injuries she sees and likely causes to help you avoid them and stay consistent with your training.
This blog looks at three simple strength and conditioning exercises and demonstrates how you can use them to become a more efficient cyclist and fundamentally get faster. These are great as strengthening work, or as a bit of fun/challenge to add to your cycling training routine.
With 'coaching' being a norm for triathletes, it shouldn't be a taboo subject to suggest that it may not be working for you in the way you expected it to. With most advertisements talking about why you 'need' a coach, you can easily become withdrawn from the coaching process when you don't feel it is working for you. Athletes are a proud breed, always striving to improve but sometimes pride gets in the way. Here we discuss a few different indicators to watch out for that may mean you should sit down and have an honest conversation with your coach.
There are times in your sport, your job or life where you turn to someone else with experience and knowledge to help you progress and develop. All too often we get far beyond that point in our lives before we actually ask for help and when we do, we look back at all the decisions we had subsequently made before seeking guidance and we ask ourselves: "Why did I wait so long?!". Here we explore some tell-tale signs that indicate that it is time for you to stop being self-coached or relying on "free" coaching from clubs and invest in yourself and start working with a coach in a more formal manner.
Ollie Stoten, a long term coached athlete, race team athlete and friend of Tri Training Harder embarked on an adventure in 2016 to cross the Antarctic (1,100miles) with a team of reservists (SPEAR17).
Here we discuss the part of any athletes year of training and how to plan your off season to enable you to have the best possible results for when race season comes around again. It is the part of the training plan so often forgotten simply because it isn't the sexy, racing side!
As athletes we get to that time in the year when all races have been raced and we are in our 'off season'. However, for most of us we notice the only thing that changes is that we have said we are taking an off season. Is that change in approach sufficient? Or should we be more strict on taking time out? Here we discuss the benefits of taking time out and how an off-season can help you to peak higher than you have before.
Unfortunately, those evenings are getting darker and it is the time of year when the racing season is coming to an end for the majority of UK Triathletes. It is a natural time for reflection on all the racing that has passed in 2017.
As Superleague Triathlon hits the shores of the British Isles in Jersey, with its new format and glamorous presentation bringing an almost 'Rock'n Roll' atmosphere to the format of a classic triathlon, we explore if this new kid on the block is here to stay and what it means for the sport.
As Ollie Stoten reflects on his first year as a doctor, he realises it probably hasn't been a normal right of passage. After a successful 2016, we look at how 2017 shaped up for Ollie. Crossing continents, Alpine ranges and smashing race results. Here, both Ollie and his Coach Philip Hatzis candidly reflect on a truly unique season. [Read about how his perspective changed through the race season here]
Ultimately coach development comes down to a mixture of time and experience, applied on top of solid theoretical knowledge. It can be a difficult journey to walk at times and it can seem like there are frustrating barriers in front of coaches, especially for those coaches who are currently coaching on a voluntary basis but wish to take their coaching further.
Have you had a change in circumstances, and now have the potential to do more training or do you have a change that means you need to consider your investment in Triathlon? Have you attained your goals and wish to make a change or try something new?
Having followed Paul's progress right through from winning our competition, to meeting his coach and undertaking his training, Paul's latest and final blog covers his 'A' race; Ironman Austria.
In swimming, we often hear about how important the catch phase is. It is as we understand critical to the success of our stroke. However by far the most common fault amongst our Holiday Guests in Portugal this year was a lack of a finish to their stroke. But why?
Paul shares his thoughts on his second month of coaching with Tri Training Harder....IM Austria is fast approaching, keep reading to see how he is getting on with being coached, using Training Peaks and how it is still changing his mindset.
Tim has been a coached athlete with Tri Training Harder for 12 months and has been working on his psychology and focus during a race - his most recent race at Outlaw Half demonstrates what a positive difference psychology can make to your racing. Here Tim recounts his race preparation and the race itself, reflecting on what went well and what could be improved for the future.
Solid or liquid...nutrition is a personal decision.
We'd usually try to focus on a liquid only strategy for long distance racing due to its simplicity in carrying what you need. However, often we get asked "what happens if I get hungry?!" as people 'need' solids.
Below is the first of Paul's blogs as to what it is like to be a coached athlete with Tri Training Harder - Paul was the winner of our free coaching competition, follow his story and experiences leading up to Ironman Austria!
Psychology and performance, especially in sport go hand in hand [Check out this blog hereabout how we work alongside psychologists for the very best for the athletes in sport and life]. Here Sorrel talks about some great tips and ideas to implement in your sporting toolkit.
“Even a journey of one thousand miles starts with one step”
This is so very true, yet so often forgotten. What is also forgotten is that journeys have an end point or a target end point and so should your training.
Elaine Garvican reflects on her 2016 season. Her coach, Philip Hatzis dissects some of the observations and offers some insights to where changes were made in order to improve her overall performance in the races that mattered.
Over and over again within my coaching, the situation arises where an athlete has questions about test sessions. How do I pace it? How did I do? Did I do it correctly? What does which bit of data mean? At this time of year it may be the case that you are considering where you are at right now.
With so many different ways of fuelling your body and many different options available to the athlete seeking to fuel their training, what actually works? Below we look at a few different methods that we have seen many athletes talking about recently. It is very much down to you to make your opinion of them but remember nutrition is the fourth discipline of triathlon, so you need to get it right!
Strength and Conditioning, three words that are so often bandied about by athletes and sportsmen alike but what does it actually mean and how can it be used to best impact performance?
Competing at sport means putting yourself 'out there'. Rarely do you find a situation where you are so far ahead that you will just win, every personal victory, be it an Olympic gold medal or completing your first park run, means you woke up that day and you had put yourself 'out there'. You set yourself a goal and you did you best to achieve it. You had to answer a question of yourself that only you could answer. You made yourself vulnerable.
‘Injury’ is probably every triathletes least favourite word with 'physio exercises' coming a close second! Yet they are probably also some of the most common! Occasionally we will be told we can't do something. For most of our athletes we rarely "stop" unless we really need to – and that is a final option and we always bring them back as soon as possible. If you do have to stop, pause or limit your training, here are some great bits of advice.
Weight loss is a top worry for a lot of athletes, individuals and fitness enthusiasts, and as a coach it is always a very grey area. Many, many athletes have gone public on their issues around body image or how previous comments by a coach has affected their outlook on their sport or professions.
As a recreational or competitive age group athlete, “going it alone” without a coach may bring some good results - occasionally. However, ask yourself this: Are you side-lined more than you are crossing the finish line? Do you cross the finish line with a smile and arms aloft or is it head dropped with a limp in your step? Do you put more emphasis on spending on new tech and stealthy looking carbon that makes you look fast? Do you train harder and longer yet the finish line does not appear any faster? If this is the case it may be time for a change in approach to your training.
We spoke to the Bosworth Clinic's Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach, Paul Ledger, to discuss some core components of quality S&C programs. In our interview below, he draws on his extensive knowledge of massage therapy and strength and conditioning brought about through many years of working in high performance sport – from Olympic Games to World Cups, this man knows his stuff!
When it comes to bike lights I believe the back and the front do not require the same approach. Sure, this is my opinion and therefore does not make it the only way to use your lights. I hope that my opinion will help to enlighten cyclists to make a more informed decision of what would offer them the best use in different scenarios. I have considered this from various points of view and have tried to recall as many moments, that I have personally experienced, in order to reflect on situations others many not have considered. One of the reasons I felt the need to talk about this is that in the event of an incident or accident you may find that the law or regulations may be against you due to the small print.