HAVE YOU EVER CRINGED AT YOUR RACE PHOTOS?
We recently traded the warmer winter temperatures of Byron Bay and were met by a much cooler, wetter Melbourne. But regardless of the weather we teamed up with several local coaches and triathlon clubs for four fantastic clinics over a period of six days. Other than noting a very positive response and 'want to learn' by the athletes we met, we wanted to share a few takeaways that cropped up during the clinics.
OUR CLINIC TAKEAWAYS
1. Seeing Your Photo At The End Of The Race
When asking our attending athletes why they chose to come along, this came up a number of times. Have you ever cringed whilst browsing through your race photos? And we don’t mean the standard unflattering ‘gravity’ run shot! Towards the back end of a race, a lot of us fall apart, our form begins to waiver and things generally become pretty ugly!
Whether it’s a big hip drop, a hunched upper body or a lazy footfall, our once tall and efficient form is no longer in view. The result of this may not be too drastic from just one race, but over time, through training and racing poor form will lead to compensations and compensations as we all know predispose to injury.
As we discussed with our athletes at the clinics, by developing things like structural strength and core stability through strength training we are able to withstand the effects of fatigue for longer durations and maintain optimal, efficient form that will ultimately get us to the finish line much quicker and in one piece.
2. The Difference Between Training vs. Exercise
A theme that cropped up in each one of our clinics - most of us will consider ourselves to be 'training' as opposed to 'exercising. The difference? Training has a goal.
A goal doesn’t always have to mean a race, it could be cadence, pace , stroke rate or power output. But regardless of our goal our strength training sessions need to have a purpose. You need to be asking yourself What are my weaknesses? Why do I keep having the same injury? Do I know WHY I’m doing the exercises that are included in my strength program? Are they working to develop my weaknesses?
The point is that you need to try to be more mindful and ‘tuned in’ to your sessions, this way you will learn to understand your body, sessions will be quality not quantity and you are much more likely to achieve your goals.
3. Time Is Precious
A common issue amongst the majority of our attendees was that their time is very limited and the thought of fitting in any strength work seems impossible. This was one of the main reasons ‘Strength For Endurance’ came about, delivering the message that strength training can be simple and done with limited time available. A few guidelines to strength training when time poor.
- If you have limited time, focussing on mobility is the most effective use that time. Without adequate mobility, optimal strength cannot be achieved.
- Something is better than nothing. Five minutes done a few times a week is much more effective than a 1 hour session every fortnight.
- Tag it on to the beginning of your sessions. A few minutes, pre-run, ride or swim is a great use of your time and will activate keys muscles and ensure you have a great session that follows.
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