What we thought people need some help with is not over cooking it as “ego” has a tendency to take over on the easier workouts and keeping up with the others in the group.
As a lot of you know, I am an Intensive Care Consultant as well as a triathlete. My wife is a GP so we are both heavily involved in the healthcare response to Covid-19. As such I have had a lot of queries from athletes and friends asking for my views on various things that are doing the rounds with regards to the virus. So I thought I’d do a quick summary of the things I will, and won’t, be doing over the next few weeks, and why.
Lab testing has long been used for profiling elite athletes for performance benefits, especially in endurance sports. Many amateur athletes have taken part in studies looking into specific areas amongst performance, thus creating more knowledge in the sport science world. However, there is much to be gained from amateur athletes having a performance profile test just like an elite athlete would
A Great Interview with Louise Minchin on what it is like working with Total Tri Training Coach Claire Holliman and how what may seem the impossible at first can be achieved if you simply believe and follow the process…..
In part 2 of our winter series of Vlogs on bike fitting and position changes in the off season we cover something we see every day. The athlete with one bike for all events and training. In this video we show that you can really optimise your position to get huge gains in speed and performance. We see this as a common issue for those new to the sport who have not yet taken the plunge in to a TT bike, younger athletes who race a mix of draft legal and non-drafting races as well as the recreational athlete who simply does not want to make the huge investment required in a bike they feel they might not get that much use out of.
As proud Yorkshireman the idea of paying for mud is ridiculous. We have plenty of mud in Yorkshire. And it’s free. Not only this, but as a time-crunched triathlete the idea of wasting an hour listening to whale music instead of getting some training done is equally unappealing. But never fear, I have a solution. Something that ticks all these boxes (apart from the free cucumber): Cyclocross…..
The Following Video gives you some throughts on areas you can easily focus on over the winter months to improve your position on your TT or Triathlon Bike in time for next season. The take away points are:
We tend to see three recurring issues from Triathletes. Firstly, too many people are simply not eating enough to sustain the workload undertaken on a daily basis, especially those training multiple times a day. Secondly, the quality of what they eat and how much they eat in their main meals and “normal people” snacks is good, but they are not adding in enough additional, well timed Fuel and hydration to support their training sessions. And lastly the timing of eating certain types of foods is sub optimal or without thought around the different levels of intensity and duration of their training
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Lactate thresholds have long been used for endurance training, but does the average triathlete actually understand them and know how to use them to their advantage in training. In simple terms lactate is the by-product of burning fuel (glucose) in the muscles, the harder you work the higher the lactate production and the higher your heart rate. You may have heard people talk about aerobic threshold and anaerobic threshold or lactate turn point or even maximal steady state. You may have heard coaches talk about working at tempo or threshold but what exactly do they mean?