February 28, 2017
Hopefully by now you should have at least a few weeks of steady training under your belt. Now is an ideal time to add to this endurance base by challenging yourself a little further. Andrea Whitcombe, former elite triathlete, ITU winner, Olympian and senior coach with the leading triathlon coaching company thetrilife.com provides her top tips.
Incorporate the following into your training:
• Pick a moderately undulating loop for your run and focus on maintaining your pace and form on the inclines. You can progress this to a loop with more hills OR hills of a steeper gradient after a few weeks.
• Seek out a more challenging bike route. Work the hills and ride steady on the flat. If you prefer to turbo train simulate inclines by changing into a gear with more resistance to slow your cadence down.
• Add swim paddles to your swim sessions. Begin with just 100m using small swim paddles and build up gradually. Make sure that you are entering your paddle into the water tip first, with no twisting rather than slapping the paddle down flat onto the water.
• Work on your core strength. Core strength refers to the muscles of your abs and back and their ability to support your spine and keep your body stable and balanced. This can help prevent injury as your training intensity increases throughout the year. You may want to look at our Transform your Triathlon Core in 12 Week program.
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