Success with stamina

Success with Stamina

At Endurance Sports Coaching the aim is to provide Success with Stamina: the ability to feel like you are continually improving in your sport. By highlighting five elements I believe are at the heart of performance and sharing five key coaching principles that guide how a coach-athlete relationship is developed, it is possible to understand both ‘what’ it takes for an athlete to be at their best on any given day and ‘how’ we are going to get there. The five elements: physiology, psychology, technical and neuromuscular strength, tactical understanding and finally, an athlete’s lifestyle, all play their part in building the best possible performance. The extent to which these elements play a p

Success with Stamina - Athlete achievements

This weekend saw the first big race of the year for Bristol University with the annual BUCS duathlon. As well as coaching the club as a whole I’m currently working a little closer with a small group of the university athletes to guide them towards what the want to achieve over this year. Results were strong with 3rd places in both the mens and womens race along with the mens team finishing 4th and the womens team 8th Elsewhere it was a quiet weekend as you might expect for this time of year with Maria Powell also doing a bit of racing for fun training at the Chilly Duathlon (same course as the BUCS event) and giving it a big smile crossing the line in 4 place and first in her category. In o

Back to Back Racing

On several occasions this year I have worked with athletes who have raced on consecutive weekends or had key races very close together. Prime examples are Natalie Seymour who finished second in IM70.3 races at Barcelona and Weymouth both one week after Pais D'aix 70.3 and the 70.3 World Champs consecutively; and Louisa Vere who recorded a 1 hour 35 PB at Ironman Austria two weeks after the ETU Age-group Championships. So back-to-back strong performances are possible when well planned but what is the main focus of training between the two? If you too choose to race back to back weekends then most important thing is to recover properly from the first race. Most people will work harder in a

Are tumble turns worthwhile?

While not suitable for absolutely everyone over my years of coaching I have found that those who are able to swim consecutive lengths at a pace of around or quicker than 2:00min/100 do benefit from learning to tumble turn. Why? 1) Speed. First and foremost when performed adequately it is quicker and I'm yet to met a triathlete who doesn't want to swim quicker. As a non-scientific experiment I have timed athletes who are adequate at both touch and tumble turns and found that generally tumble turning is about 1 second per length quicker. This equates to 15 seconds over 400m. How much training would it take to be able to swim 15s seconds quicker over 400m? Spending a bit of time learning t

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