“I don’t count my sit ups, I only start counting when it starts hurting, when I feel pain, that’s when I start counting, cause that’s when it really counts.”
I love quotes, this one is simply awesome and sums it ALL up! Even training for triathlon!
Three years ago my main issue was endurance fitness. I came from a rugby/football background so I thought competing for 90 or so minutes every week meant I’d be good to go. Ahhh, no! Short bursts of intense activity recruit completely different muscle groups to what is needed to deliver two hours of continuous, focused, increasing levels of physical and mental commitment – the kind you need for triathlon. The way I overcame this was to complete the distances you need for your first race…and then a little more!
Once I got over the mental hump of knowing I can complete the distance it’s been about settling into learning how to maximise the effort over that distance. As it turned out, endurance fitness wasnt the issue. It was simply confidence, as I hadn’t completed these distances before? Often I’d get to the last 100 metres of a 5km race and I could literally sprint to the end!
Swimming is a little different and one for another post. But, for running and cycling there’s much to be gained from weight training. The bike leg is the longest one of the three disciplines, invariably there are hills involved and if it get’s windy you need to be able to dig deep. With running I’ve found that by improving muscle strength, particularly the supporting muscles, has improved my style and speed. Last year my focus was on building strength in the pre-season, consequently I avoided over-running and stressing out ligaments and that troublesome Achilles tendon. Resistance training also brought much needed variety and balance to my training regime. The result was more speed and going into races much fresher.
In my garage I have a very simple setup which, for not much money, gives me what I need for strength training. One barbell, two sets of dumb bells, a skipping rope, a bench for presses and leg extensions
- 10kg x 10
- 5kg x 6
- 2.5kg x 10
At this time of year I’m not doing a great deal of lifting (perhaps one or two light leg sessions per week) but I’ll start posting on this shortly as we head into the off season.
I also use the following two apps:
The abs workout I use almost daily whereas the bootcamp less so; they’re both excellent!
Adrian’s built some really effective, short sharp routines which raise your heart rate, offer different levels of difficulty and basically give you a decent workout if you’re in a hurry or a hotel room (or both!).
I’ve tried lots of different apps but keep coming back to these two