Latest posts by backtothecaves

02/09/2013 at 14:55
As with most triathletes (me included) you haven't left enough rest time in your routine. If you carry on like that you will find sooner or later you get an unexplained injury. Put at least one more rest day in. The other thing I would say is you have no core work in there (unless that is what you mean by strength training). You should spend 10 mins per day doing some sort of core strength routine. Look up Sean Vigue on Youtube if you have never done any before. He does various length routines and they should suit you fine.
The balance looks reasonable, but only you will know that based on your abilities. see conversation
27/08/2013 at 11:44
I would suggest your bowl of cereal before you go to bed will not help. Your body will probably store some of the food you eat as fat because you are then going into sleep mode, and any excess carbohydrate gets stored as fat. It is also bad for you and can cause other issues such as hiatus hernia. If you are desparate to lose fat I suggest doing some weights before going to bed. Your body will continue to burn fat overnight while you are asleep. Then go for a swim with an isotonic drink in the morning, and follow your swim up with a protein drink which has little or no fat in it. This will quash your hunger while not introducing fat into your body, as most other foods do whether directly or indirectly.
Gareth see conversation
12/08/2013 at 14:49
You would be best with tri specific shorts with an integral pad, but since you have no buying power, I suggest trying your proposal for real before the race. Sit in the bath for 5 minutes in shorts and wetsuit to make sure the shorts get fully soaked, get out, take off the wetsuit, then climb on your bike after putting on whatever els you plan to put on, and go for a long ride, then short run straight after. You will then know what to expect. Somebody once said to me - practice everything you plan to do in training. It is so true about tri. You can't afford to change anything on the day - that's when bad things start to happen. see conversation
24/07/2013 at 09:21
Join a local tri club to learn all the tips.
Always replicate in training what you plan to do on the day of the tri - down to the minutest detail.
Concentrate more of your effort on your weakest discipline, so for you 40% or maybe even 50% training on your swimming.
Practice bricks a lot. This will really help you on race day.
Enjoy it. see conversation
22/07/2013 at 18:21
The Bassaetlaw tri is held at Worksop Leisure centre on the 4th of August. I am unable to attend, but they will transfer my place and it's very easy to do so.
I paid £27 for my place - make me an offer if you are interested. This could be the bargain of the season, and I will donate your payment to Anthony Nolan as I would just stand to lose it all anyway.
Please PM me or respond on this thread.
Gareth see conversation
22/07/2013 at 17:50
It might be worth mentioning - it's in Nottingham see conversation
16/07/2013 at 16:12
Better still, go to a local bicycle shop where they will put you on lots of bikes and find the best size of frame and set up for you. It's not just about the frame size, but also about the distance from saddle to handlbars, crank length, frame geometry and much more. You can always walk out of a bike shop saying you need to think about it. If you buy the wrong bike at Decathlon, you may end up regretting a hasty decision. see conversation
11/07/2013 at 16:30
Macarone's advice is good. The only things I would add are
- practice transitions at home as much as possible. This might mean covering yourself in water, then simulating the transition to bike, running with your bike (helmet on) to a 'line', after which you can mount your bike. Then do a bike to run - unclip or take feet out of shoes, then run to where your shoes are with bike, put shoes on, pick up any food or drinks, then run.
- Don't rush it. Take it slowly on your first one
- Put something in your transition area which will calm you down - it could be a cloth with some lavendar scent on or a picture of a loved one. Nothing valuable though
- You try the technique where you picture a tranquil scene to calm your nerves. I've never used this, but apparently it works.

There are lots of things in triathlon which can surprise you. Expect all sorts of things to happen. treat it as a learning experience, and enjoy it. It's a really fun event. Let us all know how it went. see conversation
05/07/2013 at 09:22
Hi, I would have thought hill walking would be good for strengthening your ankles. Maybe what you have is poor flexibility. I suggest seeing a physiotherapist. After a couple of sessions you will see an improvement. It is impossible to give you stretching exercises without assessing you face to face.
The only general exercises I could recommend are bending your ankle forward and back, turning your foot through a full circle (drawing as wide a circle with it as you can), and standing on a step on the balls of your feet, let the weight drop into your heels, then back up (hold on to something).
Try these if you like, but see a Physio for best results. see conversation
04/07/2013 at 08:56
I think putting a link in your post would be a good idea see conversation

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