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Coach Teresa – Why do we always feel bad when our training takes a dip for a few weeks and does it really matter?

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As I see it, you train hard before the race season maybe kick starting it in January, and this continues during the competitive race season and well into October or November so why not allow yourself some down time during the month of December. I am sure your own children and family will enjoy having you around more and devoting your time to them. Being sociable with your long suffering friends who miss having the odd lunch or dinner with you to catch up on what’s going on in their lives instead of always yours. Allowing that tired body of yours some well earned rest and allowing that strict regime with food and drink to be slackened a little. It’s a good time to switch off from triathlon and try new sports such as cross country running or cyclo cross. What is it so wrong to do absolutely nothing for a few weeks, letting your hair down and enjoying normal life? I wouldn’t expect anyone to take months off from training but there are some who feel they need to because the love for the sport has become a chore and unenjoyable. Why do other people put you under pressure and make you feel guilty if you want to slow down for a bit? We really ought to just go with the flow as let’s face it most of us aren’t earning a living from it. It should be done because we enjoy it and it should be a bit of fun. Is a few weeks out of your busy schedule really going to harm you in the bigger picture? Come on people, stop being so hard on yourself and others and try to relax a little and enjoy the company of family and friends. Have that odd glass of wine, that bit of cake or stay in bed an extra hour. Come January you will want to pick up the mantle again and punish yourself all over again by setting new goals, new speed targets, qualification for GB or Ironman inspirations. Having the odd day or weeks off isn’t going to kill you, in fact it will do you more good than harm. Life is stressful enough especially with Christmas approaching, so giving yourself time to enjoy other things or have a holiday and reflect on how things went this year will inspire and refresh those aspirations for the coming season. So my message is slow down, don’t feel guilty or pressured and enjoy the treasured times with your kids, loved ones and friends.
Have a festive Xmas and enjoy what the New Year brings. Tx

TriHarman-Norfolk training mini Duathlon, The Esplanade, Sheringham

Well done for all those who biked and ran this morning.  The weather was surprisingly kind and some great performances.

Your times are shown below:

Name Run 1 T1 Bike T2 Run 2 Total
Helen 18m30s 54s 24m48s 50s 18m29s 1.03.21
Becky     24m10s 51s 20m53s 45m54s
Phil   Bike 1 19m44s      
    Bike 2 19m53s      
    Bike 3 20m27s      
Tessa 18m55s 1m10s 27m9s 1m16s 20m08s 1.08.38
John 14m6s 21s 21m58s 13s 14m06s 50m44s
Keith     28m29s      
Amanda 14m42s 1m5s 23m29s 40s 16m26s 56m20s
Suzie 16m49s 1m10s 23m14s 50s 17m25s 59m20s
             

Sunday 2nd December

We will be running the first of our training duathlons starting 9am on Sunday 11th November.  They will be the same format as previous years, a 1 ½ mile run on the cliffs, 6 mile road bike ride and a second run as the first.  It is not a race, just a fast training session to practice your transitions.  You can do all or any part of the session.  It is going to be cold, wear appropriate clothes for the conditions. There is no charge for this session.

Pilates Classes with Teresa 2019

I am sure many of you have reached the season end with a variety of aches, pains and injuries.  Your physio will no doubt have advised improving your core strength and overall flexibility to smooth the road to recovery and prevent future problems.

Teresa runs a number of sessions and as a Level 3 Triathlon Coach is able to help athletes get maximum gain from each session.  If you would like to attend the classes are shown below.  The cost is just £5 per 1 hour session and all equipment is supplied.

Classes Available:

 Monday 10.00am – East Runton Community Hall, East Runton

Monday 6.00pm – Cromer Tennis Club

 Thursday 7.00pm  – East Runton Community Hall, East Runton

 Friday 10.30am – FFMA Gym, Cromer

Personal Triathlon Coaching for 2019

As you know alongside coaching with TriHarman-Norfolk Teresa and Mark work with individuals to prepare them for their triathlon events.  They offer bespoke training plans and 1-2-1 coaching sessions to keep the preparation on track and to ensure the triathlete is the best they can be on the race day.

There is a limit to how many racers they can take on and there are now just a handfull of spare slots left for 2018.  It is not as expensive as you may think, if you need their help see them at a session or message direct.

You can find more information here

Coaches Corner – Eating to stay lean by Teresa

We all know that we need to eat more when training but do we know we need to eat less when not training.  How many of us continue to eat the same amount of food per day even on a recovery day and wonder why we aren’t losing any weight or losing body fat.  It’s not rocket science but many of us have no real idea what we should be eating to fuel our bodies during exercise and afterwards.

Fad diets are not the answer, just carefully sensible eating balanced with your training.  Read more here.

A triathlon coach? What can they do for me?

TriH 2colThere are some class athletes out there who have the knowledge and experience to coach themselves.  They know which combination of sessions will make them go fast, know which new methods and products will help them and which will waste their time and money.  They know when to rest and when to train, they recognise the signs they are doing too much or too little and have the self-confidence to see their plan through to success.  If you count yourself amongst them I applaud you and will enjoy your success.

If you think doing all this and training for your events is beyond your skill and experience, you may well benefit from consulting a coach to help you achieve your goals.   Read more.

Coaches Corner – A way out of the end of season slump

Mark_Cambs_Tri(1)Cycling, Running and Triathlon are essentially seasonal sports, they need to be as endurance training and racing is hard on your body but it is generally due to the short days and poor weather limiting available events.  As the season closes you will need a rest to allow your muscles and joints to repair, but it is easy to lose motivation as your mind and body take the opportunity to recover.  This is not helped by the dark cold days and adverse weather which also reduces enthusiasm to train.  For some a few weeks pass then normal service is resumed, unfortunately for many it is not quite so easy.  Read more here