In October 2016 I raced my first full distance triathlon, Ironman Barcelona. It took me 12:06:58 to finish.11 months later, in August 2017, I competed again, this time in Copenhagen. My time, 10:58:31. This article is for anyone who would like to learn how I trained, what worked and what didn't, what I could do differently and what specific training sessions I need to implement to go faster next time.
Before the race in Barcelona, I was relatively new to the sport of triathlon. I had only a few races under my belt, and I had no previous professional experience in any of three sports. My cycling was probably the strongest. Swimming, total disaster. The year before the event I could bearly swim 50m without gasping for air, at a very slow pace, and with an awful technique. And lastly, running.
To be honestly, I don't know what I was thinking. I always hated running! So as you can see, I wasn't ''an endurance guy'' at all. I had a vast experience in sports, first pla…
If you are, like me, into the Ironman triathlons and other extreme endurance feasts, you have a problem.Even if you don't give the monkeys about your PBs, sooner or later you will become competitive, and you will want to go faster, longer and further.
This is our human nature, we always try to be the best version of ourselves. And there is nothing wrong with this.
The problem is that very quickly you will realise that the fastest way to improve your endurance is to increase the amount of the training hours. So you will swim more, cycle longer and run further. Then your body will adapt, you will see the results and then you will crank up the volume again. Welcome to the endurance rabbit hole. In the mist of the countless turbo sessions, competitions, long weekend rides, races, tri camps, track meets and the masters swimming sessions it is easy to forget that we are not professional athletes. This is not our job, and we will no go hungry if we don't win the next race.I bet that you …
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I'm just an average bloke, intrigued and inspired by the feats of endurance that the human body can accomplish. So from time to time like to see if it's possible for an average bloke like myself try some of this stuff. I just love being outdoors be it shredding the trails on my mountain bike or enjoying the therapy of a long run - I very much work to live not the other way around.
UKCC Level 1 qualified triathlon coach aiming to get as many people involved in the sport as I can. Happy to help anyone not just triathletes get involved in the sport.