13/01/2015 at 12:02
Hi Rob, I wrote the beginners session with coach Julian Nagi (www.juliannagicoaching.com) for the 220Triathlon feature in February's issue, and there was quite a bit of discussion about suitable swim sets before we published.
To address your concern about the distances stipulated. You said originally that you were struggling to cover 75m, but also that you were knocking out the 5km runs consistently, so it suggests the issue is far more about technique than fitness.
With that in mind, the best advice is to have someone look at your stroke, an experienced swimming friend, or even better a local coach. They should be able to give some great pointers, and I see others on this forum have also been really helpful - adopting the 'bubble, bubble, breathe' mantra might be a good way to help improve the breathing.
The six-month plan couldn't address the pure technique side without becoming too unwieldy (and technique really needs individual attention), so is set out for individuals who might, for example, be off to the pool on their own of a morning and want to maximise those 45mins in a busy schedule. Had we set the distances any shorter, then swimmers would simply have not used up the time. It would be a quick 10-minute dip then out.
All this said, looking at your post on the January 6, it seems you have already covered 1,000m and are going great guns and incorporating drills into your sessions. This is encouraging and I would imagine you are now finding the swim sets on the plan within your range. Have a fantastic first tri, and let us know how you get on.
15/12/2014 at 12:41
Glad you agree Marc. It'll be interesting to see what Javier Gomez does in 2015. Will he step back from serious middle distance racing - and the sheer amount of racing he does - for fear of losing that top-end run speed ahead of Rio? I'm sure he'd love to defend his 70.3 title, but hard to put a price on Olympic gold. Not a bad dilemma to face though.
07/10/2014 at 12:10
This is not a test event, it's fully-fledged competition and as such, I really struggle to understand why there is not equality in the selections. Specifically, where is PT1 Women and PT5 men? How much additional cost would it really have been to add these two categories to the programme?
This is not a test event, it's fully-fledged competition and as such, I really struggle to understand why there is not equality in the selec...
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