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Volume Monkeys

Before reading the rest of this blog have a listen to Bob Babbit’s interview with Sebastian Kienle http://www.babbittville.com/babbittville-radio/sebastian-kienle-tcsd/ That’s what we are.  Volume monkeys.  As endurance athletes we’ve chosen an event which is challenging in distance. So of course our training plan has to include alot of volume (ie:distance and time).  The bigger your base the better and that’s the truth but here’s what a lot of us are doing wrong and I’ll let you know how to do it right. A few common mistakes. Comparing your training volume to someone else Ignoring the bodies’ warning signs and being tied to the program Ignoring your age Your intensity is too high Letting your training volume influence your racing mindset Comparing...

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Preparing for race day

Yesterday's Port Macquarie Ironman re-ignited a discussion I have with fellow coaches and athletes about training for this kind of racing.  We're often asking ourselves if we've done enough training or what is actually enough training? With the rain, wind and cold that turned on athletes yesterday another layer of difficulty was added to the event, on top of the task of completing 226k of racing.  And that is toughness.  This is a trait that not all people possess but can definitely be learnt.  As a coach I know instantly whether an athlete has this or not.  Athletes who shy away from new things whether it be a skill, riding route or inclement weather are generally the ones who are...

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