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
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
Have you heard that cliché? Well we can really relate to that in what we are trying to achieve with our athletes at TTT and in fact a few of us use it with our ever-eager triathletes on a regular basis. The training that we programme is about quality, which means building solid and lasting foundations on top of which we layer those final finishing touches.
Top athlete & blog writer Tom Williams with Part 2 of ‘Keeping it in the family’ The kids are 2 years older now and by the sounds of it maybe a bit more of a handful!