A note from one of our head coaches, Phil Murphy, to his athletes ahead of the start of November and as the build to 2021 starts in earnest for many northern hemisphere athletes. If you are already experienced and performing well in Triathlon, shifting your key focus through the winter months is likely the way to find the best gains. We thought we would share his/our views…….
A pivotal time of the year for many where your season has ended, the break for a little R+R is finished and now is the time to get back on it. A time where most people will start to put gym and strength sessions back into their programme, but are you actually doing it properly to unlock your true potential or are you building the ego?
Having been involved in the participation and coaching of our interval sessions this week I thought I would feedback on some of my TP data to help you begin to look at and to understand yours. I will just give you some of my stats/figures as background and then talk you through the 2 sessions highlighted below………..
In the current situation with Coronavirus, when asked to rest and recover most athletes just want to fill their day with something so they get back on the bike or go for their daily run just to get out the house……..and inevitably go too hard.
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
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
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?
‘Evolve or die’ was a saying I used to hear frequently by a previous coach. It was absolutely true as the competition of triathlon grew stronger and stronger each year with the numbers of athletes growing, good athletes being attracted from single sport, and as training plans and coaching became more sophisticated. Here is detailed a solid plan outline and the thought process required to evolve over the winter