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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

Coaches Corner – It’s not really about the bike

Think you can’t race triathlon because you can’t afford a fancy bike?

Cycles and their associated equipment have dramatically changed in recent years, gone are the steel frames, drop handlebars and shallow rimmed multi spoked wheels, replaced by acres of expensive, aerodynamic carbon.  These bikes look fast just standing still and have eye watering price tags attached to them.  The manufacturers literature and magazine reviews tell us just how stiff and aerodynamic they are, describing the massive improvements on last year’s model.  With all this innovation the bikes must almost ride themselves.  In reality it is not so simple, read more

Coaches Corner – Athletic Ladies Demons

Teresa writes about her experience dealing with her ‘Demons’ as she trains and races.  She writes from a ladies perspective but many of these feelings live within both sexes.

I don’t know about you but despite watching what I eat and drink (well mostly) and exercising most of my life, I still cannot remove the nagging thoughts that I am fat.  I am not looking for sympathy, but what is it about us women that we rarely see our good points or see our achievements in a good light.  Is it in my genes or is it the fact that being in sport I am consistently surrounding myself with younger and more able bodies.  Read more

Coaches Corner – Body Weight v Speed

If you want to go faster you need to go lighter! This is a generalisation but in the vast majority of cases it is true.  Triathlon is a race of three parts, on both the bike and run lowering your weight will make significant improvements to your race times.

If you cast your mind back to your science lessons, the greater the mass (weight) the greater the force required to accelerate (move) it.  Sorry if you have just eaten that big bar of chocolate but it’s as simple as that.  This is why you spent a fortune on that lightweight bike frame, or covet those latest carbon bits and pieces.

Read more here.

 

Coaches Corner – Donating Blood and Training

I regularly give blood and have on occasion met other athletes at the donor sessions.  Without doubt blood donation is a good thing to do, as we are cycling and running out on the roads we are at greater risk of accident and may one day need to draw on the blood donated by others.  We are also healthy individuals ideally suited to supply blood without a significant impact on our own lives, but how will it affect our training and athletic performance?  Read on.

Ironman Barcelona 2015 with TriHarman

IM Barcelona Supporters

After a year of waiting and preparation Ironman Barcelona arrived.   Mark and Teresa travelled out to the race with friends from TriAnglia and Born2tri.

The story of the trip is here.

A TriHarman athlete Donald Barber also completed his first Ironman race in Barcelona.

He has written an account of his experiences here.

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Salou 2015 – Not Everything goes to Plan

Not everything will go to plan when you set out to complete a race.  Sometimes things go wrong long before you even reach the start line.  This fact you cannot change but how you react to the challenge is up to you, can you salvage a success against the odds?

We holidayed in Salou, Spain with the children some years ago, a nice beach resort just south of Barcelona.  When Teresa saw Challenge were putting on a Half Ironman distance triathlon there in May it seemed an ideal early preparation for IM Barcelona.  Challenge organise good events in a similar style to Ironman but not quite as expensive.  The credit card came out and soon we had two entries and a week holiday in the sun arranged.

Time passed and the training was not really going as expected.  Teresa had an enduring foot pain which it seems stemmed from a lumbar disc pushing on a nerve.  This was not going to be a quick fix and a half marathon run was out of the question.  She would still start the race but at best walk the run leg.  My training was going better but work on the house was eating into my time and the bike miles had suffered.  A personal best was no longer an option so what would success look like?   To find out click here.