From the training perspective, endurance running, swimming, cycling, and triathlon are amongst the most demanding sports. They require time and effort and sacrifice, putting unique stresses and strains on both body and mind while at the same time offering rewards that, we think, no other sport offers.
Ideally, we should all train under the guidance of a professional coach supported by physiotherapists, nutritionists and maybe even a sports psychologist and doctors. It would also be great to be able to train alongside others as a supportive group.
Unfortunately, for most of us, that’s never going to happen. We don’t have time, we live in the wrong place, and we certainly don’t have the money.
Simply, unless you are a professional, it is inevitable that much of your training will be done on your own – you will be your own coach! As such, we want you to be the best coach you can be.
There are currently four main, online resources either operational or planned:
- Monthly Training Guide
- Weekly Zoom Turbo Sessions Read More
- Weekly Zoom "Club Q & A" Read More
- Online Calculators & Guides Read More
The Monthly Guide
Which is why we produce the monthly training guide. (Currently, there is a Triathlon version and a Run only version)
The guide is divided into two sections,
- Training sessions – for each sport, graded to suit your competition level and distance
- Guidance – on such things as nutrition, physiology, mindset, recovery and equipment
These are designed to bring you to peak competition readiness during the main northern hemisphere racing season
Every month you will receive between 12 and 16 sessions, depending on the time of year, covering all aspects of triathlon—swimming, cycling, running, transition and brick training.
Each session has three different levels, novice, intermediate and advanced. Select the level you feel is most appropriate and follow that. You may find that you are comfortable with advanced on one discipline while novice is more suitable for another – just select what feels right – providing you are pushing yourself a little beyond your comfort level.
The sessions target athletes wishing to participate in events between short pool based novice events up to open water events over the Standard Distance.
Each session is broken down as follows:
- Details of the session
- The aim
- The list of equipment you’ll need
- The impact it will have on your training.
The Running Guide follows broadly the same format. In each monthly edition, there are 12 sessions, targeted at 10k and half marathon with adaptations for novice, intermediate and advanced.
Strength & Conditioning
In addition, there are also some specific sessions on strength and conditioning. Even the professionals frequently forget what is sometimes called the kinetic chain. All your muscles are connected through the tendons and bones – and the fascia. So it’s not uncommon for knee and ankle problems to be the result of weaknesses in the back or even the shoulders!
Knowledge = speed.
We’ll go faster if we understand the why’s of what we do.
Our bodies are complex! Effective training changes the way mitochondria processing energy in individual cells through to the way muscles and nerves work together. We tend to think of training for endurance and speed but a good training programme is also developing things like lactate tolerance and VO2 Max.
And if you are a triathlete, a multi-disciplined sport, the complexity and technicality are even greater.
We aim to increase awareness by providing articles and explanations on topics like:
- Nutrition and hydration
- Sports injury and therapy
- Bike maintenance
- Training cycles
- Understanding of bicycle gears
- Race preparation