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Mr Smith Talks Triathlon

Author: Gerrard Smith & Doug Stark

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Practical triathlon advice for every-day athletes (not just the racing snakes…)
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 Coaches have a critical role in your sporting development. But not everyone has a coach, and your coach is not with you 24 x 7. So you also need to be your own coach. Ask yourself the relevant questions, monitor your progress, and make decisions on the go. 
Our recent Ironman camp had lots of conversations around race prep and ll related matters. We wrap up some of those conversations here, including: weightloss amongst peak training, race nutrition and hydration, dealing with nerves and the mental aspect of Ironman.
Just about everyone slows down on the Ironman run, but those who slow down the least get the best results. The run, just like the ride, requires a smart pacing and nutrition, but it’s also the time that your mental strategies are called on the most. We cover tips for everyone whether you're racing for Kona, or simply to beat the cutoff time. 
The bike leg is the longest part of an Ironman, and in a lot of cases the most crucial. A well executed ride sets up your run. Nutrition and pacing are the cornerstones of this ride, but there are plenty of other aspects to consider too, depending on whether you are looking to simply complete the event within cutoff times, or perform to your absolute best. 
 Part 1 of 4 episodes preparing you for Ironman. In this episode: the swim. Things that everyone needs to be ready for, and the specific difference between people with different goals for the event - covering everything from those simply trying to complete, though to those aiming to perform amongst the best. 
The holiday season is here so it’s important to find the balance of training / family / relaxing / work / etc. Be clear on your priorities, figure out how to make your training work in amongst everything else, and give yourself permission to relax and enjoy it all too.
This week more detail about recovering from key events, as well as our run through about what to expect at the Rotorua Half this weekend. Race well everyone!
Recovery after a key event is absolutely vital if you are going on to other events and training soon after. The goal is to to be bursting to get back into your next training, so think about how best you can achieve that through your recovery. We also talk through the things to know for Taupo 70.3 coming up this weekend.
It’s race week for IronMaori so we have a special guest (Mr Warren Sue) to talk about his experience at the event, with insider tips and things you need to know leading into it.
Last week we talked nutrition, and this week it’s pacing. Those are the two critical components to set up your performance in the second half of the run. And that second half is where the most time is likely to be gained or lost in your race. Pace it smart and finish strong for the best possible result.
There is no “one size fits all” for race day nutrition, so although we can’t tell you exactly what or how much to eat and drink, there are some simple guidelines to help you work it out. Remember it’s up to you to try things in training, so you are practised and ready for race day.
Throw away your time goals - they simply lead to fixation on the outcome, and often disappointment from not achieving perfection. Instead, lets set goals that help you through the process of doing your best possible event. When you do this, the outcome will be success.
There are many ways to go faster on race day, but we’ve chosen ten that are practical and simple for everyone to implement.
We talk about the experience and lessons from spring training camp, plus how to use the run/walk approach to get your best possible result in your Half or Ironman.
We all want to feel like the training is making us faster. But don’t try and be fast all the time in training. Do the right training at the right time so you hit a true peak for the most important events. Think long term, not short term.
Triathlon is one sport. It’s about integrating swim, bike, and run disciplines - not training them as 3 separate sports. Listen in to hear about differences between triathlon and the individual sports. Plus sessions throughout the week are related to each other - not just in a random order!
Long time squad member Warren Sue talks about his time in the sport, the ups and down, how to make it work when juggling family and work, and other lessons that have helped him make the sport an ongoing part of his life.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking “I don’t have much time to train so I need to train harder”. However that often leads to training in the “gray zone” where you are loading the body with more stress, but not the right stress to actually get faster. Have the courage to slow down and train at the right levels at the right times.
It's not about how much training you can DO - it's about how much training you can recover FROM.Training breaks down the body, and recovery helps it repair and get stronger. Its only with appropriate recovery that you get the benefits of the training.
We can get very focused on doing the training day in day out, but there are plenty of things outside of training that will help us lift the performance. We talk about six of those today. And remember: small amounts on a regular basis make a real difference.
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