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.

Your Winter Training Focus

As the season draws to an end, you may be celebrating a summer of success or wondering why all that training has not provided the race performances you expected.  This is the time to sit down with a coach and discuss what you need to do to improve that race day performance in 2016.

You cannot escape the truth that winter training builds the foundations for your summer performance.

You may find some help if you read here

TriHarman Spring Triathlon Training Camp in Mallorca

Early Spring Mallorca Triathlon Training Camp

We are pleased to announce this camp is now full and a great team is going out next spring.  Look out for news on what we do on the trip. We will run another in 2017.

TriHarman has only one place remaining for their Spring Training Camp to Mallorca from 16-23rd April 2016.

Come and experience training with two Level 3 British Triathlon coaches offering wonderful cycling in the hills near Alcudia and Old Town Pollensa, swimming in the calm Mediterranean,  practicing open water skills, running around the villages and valleys and relaxing and stretching with Pilates.

You will be staying in a luxurious Spanish Villa with its own pool and outdoor BBQ and surrounding grounds.  All abilities, experienced or not and any age (over 18yrs) is welcome.  Those that have secured their places so far are not training for Ironman distances so the focus will mainly be on Sprint and Olympic distance. It’s an ideal opportunity to train in warmer temperatures (low 70s) and to kick start your triathlon season when the weather in the UK can still be pretty cold.

For further details please contact Mark or Teresa Harman through FB (Triharman) or on our website Contact Us.

Why should you do Pilates? By Teresa Harman

Pilates

Athletes train their bodies to maintain and improve their performance in their sport.

Many top athletes and dancers use Pilates to assist with their training.  For example, Darcey Bussell a well known and loved ballerina and now Pilates instructor uses this method to maintain her health and mobility.  In an interview in the Evening Standard nearly three years ago she said:I truly believe Pilates is such a good thing, especially if you have had children”.

So why should you include Pilates in your training?  Read here.

My class at East Runton Village Hall, Thursdays 7pm to 8pm is particularly suitable for athletes.

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.

If you would like to talk with us about support with your ambitions for 2016 events use our contact us.

Coaches Corner – A Way Out of the Slump -Planning Your Sporting Year

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.

If you find yourself in this slump, you may feel tired but it is actually a mental state and it is your mind not your body which needs to recover.  The best way to turn this around is to take your mind forward to those long sunny days of the event season and plan your next races or challenges.  Once your mind starts to focus on the events ahead, you will have a reason to train, your mind will connect with the good feelings your sport brings and your desire to train will return.

With this in mind, now as the season comes to a close, is the ideal time to start thinking about next year.  Read more

Coaches Corner – Don’t let rain stop training

Let’s face it we live in England, it rains regularly in the summer so you can be sure it will rain more in the coming months.  Riding in the wet can be a miserable and uncomfortable experience, purely social riders can choose whether to ride but many riders book their events days, weeks or months in advance and there is no way to anticipate if it will be wet or dry.  You can decide not to start the event but you may have invested significant time and money getting to that start line, a DNS may not be an option.

So if you are going to complete wet events you need to train and prepare for those conditions.  The rain doesn’t have to spoil a beautiful day if you have trained and prepared to ride fast and stay safe despite the water.  So how do we adapt to cope well in the bad weather?      See more

Pilates

What is Pilates? by Teresa Harman

Pilates is a safe and effective way to train the mind and body using a floor mat and a variety of equipment. Pilates focuses on building a strong core through the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine.

Pilates builds strength without excessive bulk creating a streamlined and toned body helping towards achieving slender thighs and a flatter tummy (isn’t that what we all want!).

Pilates teaches body awareness, good posture with easy movements, whilst improving flexibility, agility and sound movement patterns. It can also alleviate back pain.

Pilates can be so beneficial to the older population as it reduces the risk of injury that weight bearing exercises can cause and is not as severe on the joints like other workouts can be. It also helps with a variety of age related ailments such as osteoporosis, lumbar stenosis, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.

As a fully qualified instructor with 12 years’ experience, I offer a range of exercises to suit all ages and abilities and offer variations to existing well known Pilates exercises by using a variety of equipment to make the exercises as easy or as hard as you may like.

Read about why I enjoy Pilates here.