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29/11/2017 at 17:01

Recently I've become a little concerned to notice that my enthusiasm to train across all sports has waned, swimming being the main discipline to suffer and I was wondering if anyone could share some advice on how to reinvigorate both myself and my regime, please?

My existing regime looks like this: I run a couple of times a week - a 5k midweek with a bunch of others and a solo as-far-as-I-like-or-can-manage as I'm trying to work through thoracic outlet syndrome and a wonky pelvis - visit the gym once for S&C work, swim one evening and cycle once at the weekend.

For the 5k run I try to keep pace with the faster runners (never ends well) and for the longer one originally started as fartlek with a sprint every km but is now more along the lines of slow and steady; swimming consists of 200m sets including pull buoy, paddles, RP efforts, sprints, single-arm lengths and the like to 1,400 or 1,600m and cycling is around 50k wherever I feel like heading, with a few full gas Strava PB attempts thrown in wherever I can manage.

Ideally I'd cycle most days as that's my favourite discipline but that's clearly not possible, so I'm wondering how to mix it up to keep it interesting but not have anything suffer in terms of my current level of performance?

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22/05/2017 at 10:15

Breaststroke will be absolutely fine, and as others have said, you will be 'seeded' according to your estimated time so you'll be with swimmers of similar ability. You will indeed see a wide variety of strokes and abilities, some of which will be amusing, others curious and still more like watching someone drown with a modicum of style. The bigger thing is that you and all the others are putting yourselves out there and that is far more important than how quickly you complete the leg.

As for a tri suit, it's up to you. You could have a change of clothes for each leg or take away the faff and stress and buy the all-in-one. It's up to you, your goals and how you feel about changing kit in the middle of a car park(!). Given that you've only got two weeks now, though, you'll need to buy a tri suit soon if you already haven't and do some swimming, cycling and running in it so you get used to the feel and sensations.

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30/11/2016 at 12:44

I have a TomTom watch for running. It's basic but does what I need it to but the biggest issue is that it can take *ages* to pick up a GPS signal at times, sometimes at home, other times when in a new location. Indeed, it's so bad that there are times when one has to wave one's wrist in the sky to try and get closer to the satellites and get a lock. I know a number of other people who report the same issue so it is not unique to me.

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30/11/2016 at 12:40

That response makes no sense: it infers a much longer issue between them, backs it up with a reference to a comment made two years ago but concludes that it was something started in T1.

In my view, in the uniquely stressful environment of transition anyone blowing off a little steam with some choice effing-and-jeffing - in general or because they feel slighted by another competitor - should be free to do so; the fact that Wiltshire made an issue of this and subsequently called Frodeno out on social media rather than resolving the matter privately seems to me to be a case of 'the lady doth protest too much'.

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10/10/2016 at 09:34

You don't need a tri suit per se but it does mean that you don't have to faff about with putting on cycle/run shorts and a top in T1 and/or 2. The suit should (will) have adequate padding to protect your unmentionables for the ride, the trick is to train in it so you're used to the sensation as it might feel slightly 'bulbous' when running, especially after the swim segment.

Your best bet for race numbers is to buy a race belt which is an elasticated band with plastic buckles which clips around your waist to which you attach your race number via two cords which each have a stopper. You pop that on in T1, wear it around your back for the bike leg and your front for the run. Failing that you can use the waistband of a pair of underpants and some safety pins to effect the same thing. You'll be body marked for the swim so need not worry about that.

Elasticated laces are much quicker than tying your own and don't come undone so I would definitely recommend them.

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08/01/2016 at 12:36

Unfortunately taking the bike with me isn't an option as I go up on the train otherwise I'd consider the option; my coach is for swimming only although I'm considering winding it down a bit as she's not tri-specific so (also) I'm self-training from what I've read and so on.

Essentially my concern is based on the pressure on time - by way of example I'll get up at 6.15 and be out running by half past with enough time for a 5k at my most recent average pace; weekends are currently my only time to get some bike work in whereas swimming I can squeeze in while I'm away if I tweak my evening plans.

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07/01/2016 at 17:02

Unfortunately not, and even if I could it wouldn't be any use because of the dark and early nights - I'm getting up at 6.15 to do my run/core training and getting back around 8 and it's dark at both times.

My one real worry is that my run form will drop off if I can't consistently do 5k and over, however it is always a question of time available; swimming I can live with at its current level and perhaps swap out for an extra run during the week or reduce my coached sessions and go longer and harder on the bike on the weekend?

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07/01/2016 at 16:12

I work freelance and sometimes this means that I have to work away from home for weeks at a time, only being at home for the weekend. Given that can anyone recommend a way to maintain training intensity and quality please? - I currently do a couple of fasted runs around 3-3.5k which indicate that pace is there but not (yet) endurance and I'm trying to squeeze in a swim session too; I'm also introducing some core exercises (planks, various stretches) and at the weekend I intend to cycle if the weather allows. I have six sprint triathlons in mind for the season and want to be competitive in all of them; first is Haywards Heath in May.

Thanks in advance.

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16/12/2015 at 17:54

Tri-it in Chichester have an endless pool where you can be filmed and analysed:

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14/08/2015 at 16:28

Can you not report them to Trading Standards? Or even Watchdog? It would seem that you both have solid grounds to do so.

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