Most of us have that one unusually enthusiastic friend who makes bad
ideas sound good. This is the friend who suggests pre-dawn bike rides,
“adding on” to an already long run, or competing in a weekend of
back-to-back triathlons. That friend for me is named Christy and she’s
responsible for imparting a lot of pain that she cunningly packages and
labels as “FUN!” In October of last year, while perusing a list of
upcoming races, she suggested we do the Scott Tinley Triathlon in San
Luis Obispo (SLO), California. The Scott Tinley Triathlon Series offers a
medley of races throughout a three-day weekend and I was game until
Christy added her trademark Fun Factor, “Let’s do two triathlons! The
road tri on Saturday and the off-road tri on Sunday.” No stranger to my
weary looks, she tossed a line to my ego and ensured me that I’d do
well. I took the bait.
Being involved in endurance sports for a couple years now, I have seen
plenty of injuries and have experienced a few of them myself due to the
foolish mistake of having the lack of strength training incorporated
into my own training program. Logging in miles and miles day after day
will put a toll onto your legs and if proper preparation is not enforced
to withstand this high volume of training, potential injuries can
occur. It is imperative to take proper pre-cautions to prevent this from
happening to you. One way to do this is to strengthen the muscles in
your lower body from major muscles to minor muscles in all planes of
motion. Below are 5 simple strengthening exercises that can benefit you
in the long run.
It can often be tricky knowing the best way to adjust your training for a taper week, and it is important to remember that this will involve some trial and error as different taper strategies work better for different athletes. So, here is an example of a swim session you could test out during race week to see if it works for you.
Eleven years ago, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Chemotherapy saved my life but it damaged my heart, leaving me with
heart failure. My heart progressively declined for the following seven
years, and each day I wondered just how much punishment one body could
endure before it gave out. Finally, four years ago, a generous soul
chose to save my life by donating their heart when they no longer needed
Lots of triathletes would agree that the start of a swim in a triathlon race can be the most daunting part for a lot of athletes, and can often be the cause of the most pre race nerves! The aim of this workout is designed to help you become more comfortable with what you are going to have to deal with in a triathlon race start, so that you are more confident heading into a race about how to handle things when the gun goes off! The best place to do this sort of workout is in the open water with a group of athletes, to best simulate what a real race start will be like. Practice getting close to each other, and get comfortable with having to get a bit ‘rough’ with the swimmers next to you – without things getting too aggressive!