Training wise things really fall apart this week and I end up with the worst week since January. On the plus side though I make some excellent progress with sorting out the back and the nerve problems. I’m working with two of the best Physio’s I’ve found anywhere. If you’re looking for a really expert triathlon physiotherapist these guys are the business. Cillian is taking on clients and he hangs out over here. Tell him Rob sent you. Read on for the very short update on the weeks lack of training… Read More
I’ve mentioned our strength and conditioning coach John Belton of No.17 PT before in other posts. I’ve said that he’s the best S&C coach I’ve worked with and his willingness to try out new ideas is just one of the things I like about him. He’s always ready to experiment with something different. Today however I was the object on which he demonstrated his crazy new idea in sports massage. When he took out this big piece of equipment I joked that it looked like a car polisher. He answered with a smile that that’s exactly what it was.
I started to worry. Some of the stuff John has us do hurts a lot. This looked very industrial and I’m only a soft triathlete. This might not be so pleasant.
Ais was on the ball and caught it on video. It was a very interesting experience. Click through if you don’t mind watching a half naked skinny triathlete getting whacked with a piece of automotive mechanical equipment.
I’m still struggling with the training and extremely low energy levels. We are fairly certain that I’m allergic to the dog and if it comes down to a him or me I’m not too sure which way that vote will go… Read on for the week in training, such as it was.
Things start to unravel at the start of the week forcing a change of plan. Trying to balance the training, work and life can sometimes prove a bit tricky.
Triathlon is a sport with endless amounts of gear and gadgets and in the tri shop we sell most of them. A part of me, the businessman, want’s you to buy one of each or maybe you need two or three or four or one in every colour… The coach and triathlete in me rails against all the fluff and faff and thinks that if the new technologies cause complications and take from training time it’s better to keep it simple (aka K.I.S.S)
With that in mind here is my list of favorite kit, essentials (KISS) and not so essentials (Fluff and Faff) I’m sure I’ve missed lots of stuff but if you leave comments with your own take on your favorite kit, the stuff you couldn’t do without and the nice luxuries I’ll add them into the post.
February went really well and my motivation to train is high. I’m starting to see some physical adaptations in all three sports but probably most pronounced in the swim. The other good development is that my back is getting better. For the last couple of months I’d been lazy about doing my prescribed strength and conditioning and as a result where I’d had surgery my back had gotten gradually weaker and, particularly first thing in the morning I would be in pain and unable to bend over. I’ve been a bit more diligent about getting the work done and I’m starting to see the benefits. Probably the most critical aspect of the process isn’t getting fit enough to race and qualify but to get the weakest link in the chain (my back) strong enough that it will support the training and racing load. It’s rarely a lack of fitness that is the limiting factor for Ironman. Often it’s the fact that our weakest area will start to break down. If my back goes during either training or racing then it’s game over, therefore it, not fitness is my limiting factor at the moment. The volume and load of training will show up every weakness over the next few months. It will be very important to be proactive and address them before they become injuries. Anyway let’s move onto the weeks training.
I’m a firm believer in the idea that the best way to learn something quickly is to learn from someone who has done what you want to do or learn from someone who knows how to teach it….
February was a good consistent training month. In fact training hours wise it turned out to be the biggest February I’ve ever had just beating 2013’s hours, my previous biggest although this month it was helped by a solid training camp in Lanzarote.
One of the most common misconceptions about training and in particular, eating and drinking while training is that you must eat and drink constantly before, during and after training. In my experience that’s completely wrong. Most leisure riders, runners and triathletes could do a lot better by eating less both before and during. In particular less sugar. Click through for the good stuff…
The first two weeks of February saw me build in the training routine. I find it’s the best way to start. For the first month or so just the physical load of extra sessions and the stress of fitting them into your life provides enough to deal with. After about four weeks we start to flesh out the individual sessions to add in volume, always concious that it’s 8 months to go to Ironman Mallorca and starting too fast is likely to backfire.