So, you are getting into triathlons? Now you may be asking yourself how should I train? Should I self-coach? Should I get a pre-written plan or invest in a 1:1 coach? There are many options to choose from and I felt as if I could give you all my thoughts on this subject.
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So, I have now been in Korea for one month and I have actually learned a bit about myself as an athlete. The main thing I learned is that I am less stuck in my ways than I originally thought I was.
Swimmin' like a Crazy Man: The Turkey 10k (aka How to Swim 10k in a pool and not even think it's hard)
A 10k in a 25 meter pool is 400 lengths of the pool. That’s a long ways to mentally grasp. So the masters team coach writes out a set on three white boards! I’m not joking.....
For all y'all out there racing, you keep doing you. We're loving you for it. For anyone on the sidelines, you're no less important. If you have an athlete who is weary and struggling, don't try to understand, just stand there and smash a cowbell in their face. They won't be struggling for much longer, I promise!
As with all new comers, nerves, questions, panics, are all present. So while we help Mat offline, we wanted to share some of Mat's tips online! What race are you running in 6 days? I have no doubt you feel all the jitters we all do. Fun huh!? Hopefully this gives you some help too!
I think that I honestly have learned more from my team that I ever could have hoped. These people train like athletes, because they are athletes. And I love seeing, day by day and week by week, their plans coming together.
My training has been sporadic as of late. And it's easy to get caught up in the "I'm not making progress". But what is the measure of that? And what is your timeline? Have I made progress from last week? No. Have I made progress from two years ago, oh man yes!
I've done a lot of writing over the past couple years on my approach to training, what a typical week looks like, and how to try balance training and life.
I have now entered my third year of triathlon. It has been an incredible journey over the last three years and I've learnt a lot, mostly through trial and error. It hasn't been easy. It has been time consuming - actual training, research, recovery, it has stressed relationships - family, friends, dating, and it has pushed me mentally.
‘You’re a farm girl. You’ve been training for this race your whole life without knowing it.’
Although my response was a little simplistic (meant mainly to squash her pre-race jitters), training for an obstacle course race (OCR) is literally like training for the movements and activities we do daily: pulling, carrying, lifting, climbing, crawling, short bursts of cardio. We’ve all slung 8 full bags of groceries over every inch of our shoulder/arm/wrist/individual fingers and sprinted to our vehicle because we don’t want to have to take the cart back, and we’re late for the boys’ hockey practice. There’s your carrying, lifting, grip strength, and cardio all in 45 seconds.
There is not one method of training and I have evolved over the past 3 years to be able to handle this large workload. I used to believe that 10hr weeks were long training weeks for me. It takes time for the body to adapt and absorb more and more. I am in this sport for the long term and that is the best way to grow in this sport because endurance take years and years to gain. That’s why the best AG fields tend to be mid 30’s to mid 40’s. These AG’s are crazy fast and I hope when I am in my last 30’s I will be just as fast!
At this time in my life, my mobility is a gift.
It’s hard for me to realize or remember this as I speed through my day-to-day. When I was twenty or so, I suffered a nasty snowboarding accident, one that I was very lucky to be able to walk away from. A couple millimeters to left or right and I could be writing to you from a wheelchair right now. But that didn’t happen; I’m able to run alongside Sofia at the playground and carry James through the wild world of animals at the Roger Williams Zoo.