Archive of: Racing

  • Post Race Reflections

    Thought today’s coaches corner would be very appropriate to all those who have raced recently and help aid those racing soon. Today’s coaches corner is about Post Race Reflection.

    It’s very easy straight after a race to over analyse your performance and reflect in a negative way. We are all competitive in our own ways, whether with with outcome goals such as winning you age group, event or performance based such as looking to improve on your previous race splits or looking to set a PB at a given race. Taking a step back and a few hours, even days will help you better to reflect upon your performance.

  • Cold Weather Racing

    Today’s coaches corner by Peter Bell asks how we should prepare for those early races where the weather is still cold - both in the water & on the bike.

    Racing in cold whether can be more detrimental that you can imagine. Your body will use vital energy to keep you warm. A reduction in the body’s temperature can as we know lead to hypothermia which is not uncommon in races where simple mistakes are made in the name of ‘hardness’. You should always have in your kit bag certain items of kit to help combat those variations in weather so that you can have a great day in the office

  • What wetsuit?

    Mike Tumilty posed the latest Coaches Corner - What wetsuit and is there a difference between a budget £100 & a top end wetsuit?

    Well, with the season fast approaching and the lakes soon to open up. It could be time to dust off that wetsuit. However, if you have had that suit for years & years or it’s got more holes than a string vest, it could be time to open up ya wallet.

  • Pound for pound time savers

    Mike Essex aka Mr Essex asked the latest coaches corner question. What are the best ways to save time in relation to money

    Firstly I am sure you will be able to find somewhere on the vast Internet a number of website that will give you precise time savings per item of kit and provide how much they generally cost per second of time saved. BUT 9/10 these are conducted in wind tunnels and with someone who smash the bike…

  • Pre race warm up?

    What is the best way to warm up ahead of a race?

    This can be very hard when event organisers have schedules to stick too. so 9/10 this could be no warm up in the water. This could also result in transition being closed and you find yourself standing around waiting. So what can you do.

  • Bike handling

    Lucy Owen also wanted to know about Bike handling such as cornering & defending. I will do a coaches session in the early season to practically address this area but here are some basic pointers.

    Cornering: the secret to cornering comes down to three main areas

  • What if it goes wrong?

    Lucy Owen asked the question of What do we do if something goes wrong?

    Firstly, if the triathlon / cycling gods wish to test you then they will test you. It’s not worth stressing about as at times there’s nothing we can do for factors outside our control. BUT what can control is your mind set and then strategy to get back into the game.

  • Wheels

    Calvin Woods posed today’s coaches corner question. He wanted to know the difference between clincher & tubular wheels.

    What are the different types of wheels? There are four different types of wheel now on the market, they are clinchers (either carbon rim or traditional aluminium), then you have tubular wheels and a more recent addition in the tubeless clincher.

  • Recovery & Racing

    Hannah has posed today’s Coaches Corner question. She wanted to know about training & racing and how much rest & when.

    Why rest? Rest allows the body to repair muscle cells that have been stressed during exercise. The body needs time to adapt to the demands placed upon it during prolonged periods of training. If the body is not given regular periods of reduced intensity, then it will become fatigued and weak. This will then naturally effect the body’s ability to train and perform.

  • Training / Racing & illness

    Today’s Coaches Corner question has been asked by Simon Tacx as well as couple of other members this week. Simon wanted to more about training or racing with illness.

    Firstly I am not a doctor so all the information below is based on personal opinion and experience.

    Symptoms Your body will give you subtle hints, so ask fatigue, tiredness, loss of appetite, poor sleep quality, temperature as well as the classic signs of coughing, running noise etc. Also looks to other factors during your training. Is your normal working heart rate higher than normal, are you finding that you aren’t as powerful, strong etc. These are key signs saying that your body is stress out due to illness or over training with insufficient rest. You might be eating or drinking more as the body will be using key energy stores to fit the illness or infection.

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