Archive for May, 2009
So come to hear there’s a new gym in Irvine, California with a focus on triathlete training. Special facility with equipment designed to assist in training for a triathlon, coaching staff with extensive experience and qualifications in triathlon, etc…
Irvine is a bit of a drive for me, so not sure I would get down that way too often. They have monthly membership, but they also have non-member rates as well. So it’s something to keep in mind. Their “Endless pool” seems interesting.
Here’s a nice article at CoolRunning.com that lists a number of common running injuries for the feet, knees, legs, hips, back, chest or belly. Nice reference…
For running, speed work is generally recommended for increasing your speed for racing, for going for that PR, for lowering your pace. Here’s an article at RunnersWorld.com that has more info on how to start speedwork, how to incorporate it into your training, and various types of speed work.
So, as someone who is passably competent at swimming, I would still like to improve my swimming speed for triathlon events. Right now I’m just working up some basic yardage. Up to an easy 1500 in a workout right now. Will be dropping back these next few days as I approach my first triathlon on June 7th.
But after that is past, I will want to work up and improve my swimming and speed. I have seen recommended several times to do drills. Drills I’ve seen recommended for beginners are kick drills done on the side with no kickboard, shark fin drill, and also DPS (Distance Per Stroke).
So here is a nice site that has some explanations/suggestions for swim drills:Drills & Drill Tips | WSU Masters Swimming
They explain at the site above the side-kicking drill and the shark fin drill. The DPS is just the idea that you want to lower the number of strokes it takes you to get across the pool. By rotating your body in the pool from side to side while you stroke, having long strokes that pull, and you glide. Get fewer strokes to get across the pool.
So I guess after I finish up this tri coming up I will try to incorporate some drills into my swim training.
So today we have a list of links on triathlon-related topics. I’ve been getting piles of these through Twitter and here are some that look worthwhile and I want to revisit again at some point in the future…
Here is an assortment of races, marathons, half-marathons, triathlons, bike races, ultras, and more, that are “camping friendly”.
As Active.com says about this list:
9 Camping-Friendly Races: Save money on your next race by trading the expensive hotel room for a cozy campsite. Here are nine races–under $100–that have camping close by. Your reward: Beautiful scenery and more stable bank accounts.
See the link above for more details and the list of locations.
From Active.com. 27 tips for better running, better motivation for running, better injury prevention/treatment.
I especially like:
#8: recommendation for cross-training. Cross-training has benefitted my running immensely.
#19: Take a trip. This is what we do. We plan a few trips each year around races we’ve entered.
#20: Stay flexible. Yes! Stretch, do yoga or pilates. It’s a must!
See link above for the rest of these very good tips.
Here’s another article from Active.com with some suggestions for training and preparing for the swimming portion of a triathlon:
One of the main points of the article, is that just doing time trials doesn’t prepare you for the actual chaos and frenetic swimming of a triathlon. So they have some suggestions to help prepare a bit more for the reality of a triathlon swim.
I may try some of these ideas. I’m about 4 weeks out right now from my first triathlon. Finally getting some mediocre yardage in at the pool. Went swimming twice this week, which is my goal. Swam 2250 meters total this week. 1050 on Tuesday and 1200 today. Really tried a bit harder today and did a few faster sprints. Overall, my swimming is very mediocre and the focus for me in my first triathlon will just be finishing respectably.
Here is an article from the New York Times that illustrates that going from a middle-of-the-packer, recreational athlete, to someone with seriously good times, requires a serious training program, and probably a coach and personal training time.
Want to Go Faster? You Need a Trainer
(Note: the article requires registration. April 23, 2009)
Some very nice stories of individual cases of people with serious time improvements.
Today on Twitter someone mentioned SaltSticks as one of the products she plans on using for this weekend’s upcoming Eugene Marathon. She really likes this product, says she uses 3 per race. So, hubby ordered some today and we will probably be trying them out in the warmer weather as we train this summer for the San Francisco Half Marathon (1st half).
Other interesting products also mentioned…
Nuun. electrolyte beverage.
The nuun looks really interesting. I will want to try that too.
The athlete I was following says she takes GU at miles 5, 10, 15, 17…and 20. Plus some of the saltsticks tables (3 per race) and nuun. I don’t know how she can eat that much GU during a race, and that late in the race, too! I usually take Clif Bloks at miles 4, 9, 13, 17 and then that’s about as much as I can handle. I have trouble after mile 20 digesting anything. Plus, my understanding is that carbohydrates eaten after mile 20 don’t even get processed in time to do any good before the end of the race. GU makes me nauseous.
For marathons and extra long training runs, especially in warm weather, I had been using the margarita flavor of Clif Bloks, because they have a much larger salt component. It has seemed to work, but these other products look interesting and I will try them out.