- Darren Smith European Dsquad Tri Camp - Morzine, France 21 Jun 2013
- Tenerife Swim Faster Camp with Dan Bullock from Swim For Tri 15 Feb 2014
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Coaches Top Tip
- Try hard or perform well? Which is preferred for your brain surgeon? It's the same for athletes. Train for performance, not effort.
- In the spring you may begin to feel bullet-proof. Resist the temptation to leap tall buildings. Patience!
- The harder your hard workouts, the easier your easy ones.
- Want to be excellent? Everyone has the desire to excel; few have the will to make it happen.
- You can't make a tired muscle stronger. You can only improve its endurance.
- Being 100% healthy is more important than being 100% fit. Don't force it in the early stages of injury or illness. Back off.
- For the experienced athlete, intensity, not volume, is the key.
- I discover who I am when I race.
- Training your muscles is much more important than training your heart.
- Training is science. Racing is art.
- True champions win, but they also know how to lose.
- Swimmers, golfers and tennis players practice skills daily. Too many runners and cyclists just run and ride.
- Everyone has the will to win. It's the will to work that makes winners.
- The closer to your A-priority race the less important volume becomes and the more important intensity & duration become.
- Focus on the process, not the outcome.
- The 2 main elements of recovery are sleep and nutrition. Neglect either and recovery is prolonged.
- Whether you're a pro or novice, only 3 things can be changed in workouts: frequency (how often), intensity (how hard), duration (how long).
- When you come into top form you experience physical changes that border on astonishing.
- Do you accept setbacks as steps on the way to success or as signs you simply can't do it?
- Discipline: how important to you are nutrition, sleep, periodization, goal setting, sport skills, attitude, health, strength?
- What does it take to be mentally tough for sport? Dedication. Discipline. Confidence. Perseverance.
- The most common mistake athletes make? Not enough rest. Rest is when fitness happens.
- No dreams, no goals and no priorities means permanent mediocrity.
- The bigger your athletic goals, the more your lifestyle must be focused on achieving them.
- Most athletes don't get how important movement economy is. Most would go faster from improved economy than from improved VO2max.
- As you approach race day your training should become more like the race. This is the foundation of periodization.
- The common denominator for all of the best athletes I have known is a 'can-do' attitude.
- Four words are the keys to success for top performers: Just a little more.
- Good athletes don't become good by training randomly. You need a plan to achieve your goals and purpose for each workout.
- Do the least amount of most specific training at appropriate times that produces the desired results. All else is overtraining.
- I see many goals that are actually wishes - vague desires for grand achievements that are poorly defined. Clarity is needed for success.
- Recovery is just as important as a hard workout. Train hard. Rest harder.
- Racing is how I find out who I am, what my limits are, and how I can overcome them.
- Best way to improve running? Frequency. Most common cause of running injuries? Frequency.
- A hard workout only creates the potential for fitness. It's realized when you allow for recovery.
- Peak athletic success takes months and years, not hours and days. Be patient and train consistently.
- High frequency improves sport skill efficiency. High duration does the opposite.
- Consistent and moderate training are the keys to success in endurance sport.
- To run or climb faster remove excess weight, increase muscular power, or, preferably, both. It's hard to be fast dragging an anchor.
- 1 pound of excess fat costs roughly 1.5 watts on a climb and 2 seconds per mile when running a 10k.
- The fastest way to raise your VO2max is to lose excess weight.
- If you haven't changed your mind on how you train in 2 years, check your pulse. You may be dead.
- In order to find your limits, it is sometimes necessary to exceed them. But rarely.
Official Training Camp of Ironman Switzerland with Joe Friel
Tri Dynamic is delighted to announce that we have been selected to organise the Official Training Camp of Ironman Zurich Switzerland, powered by ewz. We have teamed up with legendary Triathlon Coach and author of The Triathlete’s Training Bible, Joe Friel to offer triathletes a unique opportunity to prepare for the event in a stunning location and to learn from one of the best coaches in the world. Joe Friel will be joined by TrainingBible Elite Coach and former 8.37 IM Pro, Jim Vance.
We are also delighted to announce that we will have another very Special Guest on the camp, defending Champion and 4 time winner of IM Switzerland Ronnie Schildknecht will join the camp participants on SUN 12th June for a ride around the official bike course and for an evening Q&A for athletes to ask him about his experiences in Zurich, Kona and life as a PRO athlete. The main goal of this camp is to build muscular and aerobic endurance moving towards race specificity to maximise your potential come race day. The camp is aimed at triathletes who are taking part in Ironman Zurich Switzerland or preparing for their A priority Ironman Race in July or August and would like to reap the benefits of being coached by Joe Friel, co-author of the bestselling Going Long. Joe Friel will be assisted by fellow TrainingBible Elite Coach, 8.37 IM PRO and 3rd place finisher in IM Florida 2006, Jim Vance. Joe Friel and Jim Vance will be leading every single session. Skills and technique will be sharpened on stunning and challenging roads around the Swiss countryside and mountains. You will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the official bike and run courses of Ironman Zurich Switzerland. Plus you will benefit from an evening Q&A session with the Ironman Switzerland race organisers. Open water swim sessions will take place in the beautiful, crystal clear lake Zurich along with coached swim training sessions at a nearby 50m outdoor pool. Your swim stroke will be analysed using the latest underwater filming technology. The whole group will come together for classroom sessions each evening with Joe Friel and Jim Vance covering topics including race day nutrition, pacing strategy, training plans, using power, psychology, tapering and technical skills. The Official Massage Therapy providers for Team GB, The Tri Touch will be providing all important recovery massages. Places will be strictly limited to 20 athletes to ensure that Joe Friel and Jim Vance are able to focus on the needs of each athlete. This is a very special opportunity to be part of the Official Training Camp of Ironman Switzerland, gaining inside knowledge of the course and invaluable knowledge and experience from Joe Friel to help you achieve dramatic improvements for this race and your future triathlon career.
The Camp will be based in the beautiful City of Roses, Rapperswil, the venue for Ironman Switzerland 70.3, south east of Zurich. You will stay in a delightful 4* family run hotel.
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