gavinp

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20/11/2017 at 15:14

Hi

The best way for you to work this one out is to figure out how much time you have to train around your life.  For the race distance you are doing (and you being a beginner) I would suggest devoting around two hours each for swim, bike and run to start with - so from now until end of December (what you do within these sessions is another matter).  Then you'll need to decide what you need to work on the most as you may need to up the training within that particular sport - so if swimming is your weakness then you may want to dedicate more work to that for a month or so.

The closer you get to the race you will need to up your distances.  So at least a month away from the event you should be up to the distance on the swim (by practicing in open water as well as pool swimming); 100 miles on your bike; and doing at least 3 hour runs.  You will note that to get to this point you will have increased the time you train considerably (at least 6 hours on the bike to start..).

So, you need to adjust the amount of time you have to train - which means your lifestyle will need to adjust accordingly overt he coming months.

It isn't a trivial thing that you have undertaken.  You need to train smart.  Us your time wisely and good luck.

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17/05/2017 at 15:10

Hi.  First off.  Don't worry too much as you will clearly finish the event regardless of times

A question then - when was the last time you tested your heart rate zones?  You may find that they are different right now (e.g. coming down with a cold - heart rate zones will be affected before you realise that you have a cold for instance). Maybe check as you are possibly trying to hit unrealistic heart rate zones..possibly.

Same goes for vo2max.  Is that a recent test?  Should be re-resting every 6-8 weeks.

Any program you do should be flexible.  If its your typical "got it off the internet for free" type of plan then you are trying to stick with a generic and rigid plan that might not be right for you (for one) in terms of your experience/ability level.  You need to be realistic.

You are already finding that the 15 hours required in your plan is not possible for you.  Missing sessions isn't too much of problem on the odd occasion (if it's a flexible plan) as long as they aren't key sessions.  So if you miss a few of them (without realising) and then are expected to perform a week or two later at the higher level - the generic plan doesn't account for those missed sessions and just wants you to plough on - hence your underperforming.

Take a good look at your plan and see where you need to hit key sessions and make sure they are done, other bits can be missed or adjusted (remember it doesn't have to be exact - it needs to be realistic for you).  Oh, and no trying to catchup/makeup sessions.  Just makes things worse.

Hope that helps a little.

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31/03/2017 at 23:11

Sounds like Aerophagia.  It's not uncommon. Put simply, swallowing/gulping down air while you swim in a horizontal position traps air in the stomach.  It then moves into the small intestine and that is what can cause the pain/cramps.  Standing upright allows the air to rise above the liquids in your stomach and that's when you burp.

You are correct in that it's most likely technique that is causing the problem.  Best advice is to get a coach to take a look.  I could take an educated guess but I won't.  No substitute for actually seeing you in action.

Hope this helps a little.

 

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27/03/2017 at 13:20

Hi Will

For Sprint/Olympic distance races you don't need to be going more than three hours on the bike.  It's good to be pushed on the bike so keep hanging off the back at this time of the year.  It'll be good for you  BUT,  don't forget to have the odd easy ride (your zone 2) where you look around (rathe than face down at the tarmac/wheel in front), take it easy and ENJOY the ride.  You'll call this your recovery/zone 2 ride that you will do every 3-4 weeks.

Running however, requires that easy zone 2 run weekly (i.e. you should be able to talk all the way through without panting too hard) to build strength/stamina into your legs.  You still need to be doing these all the way through the season (in my opinion) - though for you, a long easy run doesn't need to be more than 1 - 1.5hours (you are only doing Sprints and Olympic distances after all).

Swimming?  Well, again you don't need to be doing 'long' swims (unless you mean getting up to your race distance and swimming at race pace closer to your races..) you would benefit from doing a technique session at least once a week as well as  endurance/speed sessions.  To get better/faster at swimming you are going to need to do more than two sessions a week i'm afraid. 3-4 is more like it.

Hope this helps a little.

Have fun!

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05/03/2017 at 22:00

HI.   I've sent you a personal message.

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02/01/2017 at 22:23

With at least one season behind you, and starting your training now you'll have no problem completing.

I have no idea what the plans you are looking at are like but as long as you are specific with your training and upping the distance sensibly over the time before you race you will be fine.

Don't forget your swimming.  Start your training now and don't leave it until last minute..

Above all, have fun!

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27/11/2016 at 00:16

I have a swim squad in Moulton College (Northampton) three times a week early mornings if you can make it.  A few people in the squad travel about an hour to get there so it's possible from Derby.

Also, I am doing a Swim Smooth swim clinic in Northampton in December if you are interested:

http://bit.ly/2bJSmpp

Alternatively get in touch if you want and we can do a 1-2-1.

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04/08/2016 at 21:36
All good.
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04/08/2016 at 21:16

Hi Earl,

I'm happy to have a chat with you about this.  I am based in the UK (Northampton) and use training peaks for online coaching.  Drop me a line on info@trisomi.co.uk

Gavin

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18/01/2016 at 21:04

I may be able to help

Take a look at my website below and send me a message if you want to talk further.  We can chat from there.

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