- 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.
News : Athletes learn to train smarter at Tri Dynamic Triathlete Testing Weekend
Athletes learn to train smarter at Tri Dynamic Triathlete Testing Weekend
Here is the report from the sold out Tri Dynamic Triathlete Testing Days which took place at Physio4Life in Putney on OCT 22nd & 23rd. Athletes travelled from as far away as Germany to take part in this event which is the first of its kind in the UK offering age group triathletes the opportunity to receive the type of attention normally reserved for the PROs.
The weekend offered the choice of 4 action-packed half day sessions for the lucky triathletes who signed up early to get the full PRO treatment having individual analysis with some of the top testing service providers in the business. Each participant received the following:
· A consultation with Physio4Life’s Senior Chartered Physiotherapists Liam Goode and Russell Kesley to assess any biomechanical issues/suggest strengthening exercises & core stability.
· Retul bike fit from pro bike fitter Jonny Morrison to ensure their bike position was optimally set up for maximising pedal efficiency and power delivery.
· High speed video analysis of their running technique and gait from James Dunne at Kinetic Revolution with suggestions of areas to improve for increased stride efficiency and speed.
· Function Threshold Power Test on a CycleOps Power Beam with PowerTap technology from Sports Scientist Tom Bennett at T2 Coaching to establish their power and heart rate zones.
· Sports massage session & stretching advice from Aurelie Almeida and Tierney Maude from TheTriTouch who specialise in massage therapy specifically for triathletes.
For some photos from the Triathlete Testing Days CLICK HERE.
There were also very informative lectures on the day from Physio4Life Clinic Director Mark Saunders on injury prevention in triathlon and on training with and understanding power from Tom Bennett. All the athletes benefitted from the convenience of having access to all these services under one roof, laying the foundations for their best ever season in 2012. Now is the perfect time to assess the athletes’ current training and racing techniques in order to make necessary improvements going into next season. Periodic testing and assessment is vital for injury prevention and to maximise athletes’ potential. This is the reason PRO’s train and race smarter. Everyone had a fantastic time and learned a lot and had plenty to work on from all the individual feedback. Due to popular demand Tri Dynamic will be organising more Triathlete Testing Days through the winter so if you would like to get booked in sign up for their newsletter to be the first to hear when the new dates are released.
Participants also received a goodie bag containing a range of products and exclusive offers and incentives from Tri Dynamic’s Official Partners including CycleOps Power, blueseventy, TheTriTouch, PowerBar and Blue Competition Cycles.
Tri Dynamic are organising a series of warm weather triathlon training camps in 2012 with Joe Friel in Andalucía, Girona and Riccione and their Tenerife Swim Faster Camp with Dan Bullock. For more info visit http://www.tridynamic.co.uk/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org