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Triathlon Training: Recommended coach outlet Reading - Book Review by Tri Coach Richard Laidlow
We have just read the new book ; by Matt Fitzgerald (a regular writer on both Triathlon and Run related subjects). It is a very well written and informative book, which offers a refreshing mind body” perspective on running.Based on recent neurological research he advocates that runners should learn to listen to themselves and run more on feel than by anything else. He suggests that in doing so you will inevitably increase your enjoyment of running and therefore run more, with less injuries. This almost by default will make you go quicker.This is a book which focuses on experienced athletes rather than those new to the sport, but whoever you are and whatever level you are currently at, it is a book that makes for interesting and thought provoking reading for both triathletes and runners alike.
In recent years he feels that too many triathletes and runners have become obsessed with data and fancy gadgetry and as a consequence have begun to ignore their own natural senses. These senses might very well be telling them that they should stop, slow down, or push their heart rate higher, coach outlet online and by ignoring these inner feelings, and simply relying on data, athletes may very well find themselves over trained, under trained or even injured.It is not a new concept that the body is capable physically of continuing well after our brain tells us otherwise, and the more experienced the athlete the easier it is for them to tap into these top end reserves.
Throughout the book Fitzgerald helpfully offers many examples from top level triathletes and runners of instances whereby listening to their bodies, athletes have been able to tap into their true capabilities, and achieve better results.All in all a useful Triathlon Training read, for anyone seriously wanting to improve their run times, and if you would like to read a bit more of the book before buying it the foreword by Dathan Ritzenhein, table of contents, and first chapter are available for free download at!ADDITIONAL NOTES: As a Triathlete looking for ways to improve your run performance you may also find other books by Matt Fitzgerald of similar interest (he is a fairly prolific health and fitness journalist and author of many other books on running fitness, nutrition, and weight loss), including Brain Training for Runners, and The Runner's Diary.
But the other book that we have found of particular interest is:Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance.Briefly in this book he helps shed some light on the mysteries of weight and its relationship to performance and offers scientific and sound advice to help you discover your optimum race weight.He also provides an easy to follow 5-step plan, tools to help you manage and improve your diet, and manage your appetite, and advice on when, how and why to take important nutrients.A good book to "digest" (excuse the pun) if you always seem to struggle to get to your ideal race weight.

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Triathlon race day can be a stressful time, but hopefully you will find these tips can help take some of this coach outlet stress away and allow you to perform to your best.1/ Once your transition is set up walk through transition 4 times, from swim entry to bike exit and bike entry to run exit. Slowly visualize yourself racing through transition.2/ Sit in transition for 5 mins after you have set up your bike. Watch the people around your transition space set up their transition, make a mental note of their equipment, this will help orientate you during the race.3/ In shorter distance races such as Sprint or Olympic Distance, break two elastic bands and tie them around the top tube of your bike, then place your energy gels underneath the elastic bands so they are easily reachable during the bike segment.
4/ Same idea with coach outlet online your Sunglasses which during the rush of transition can easily get forgotten, dropped or trodden on! Place the arms of the sunglasses underneath the bands to hold them securely, then you can wait until you have got yourself into a comfortable position on the bike segment before putting them on.5/ In a Duathlon use two pairs of running shoes one pair for the 1st run and one pair for the 2nd run. This will save time as you will not have to think about where you place your running shoes in T1, as well as then being able to put on sweat free, pre-positioned shoes in T2.
6/ The swim is the 1st part of the triathlon so make sure you do 5 to 10 mins of shoulder mobility exercises before getting into the water, whilst doing these exercises it gives you a good opportunity to visualze your whole swim from the start, right through to running into transition and finding your bike.7/ Try to get into the water 10 mins before the start of the race, this will help you get acclimatized to the water temperature, as well as help your orientation of the swim bouys.8/ Stop your goggles steaming up by putting a small amount of washing up liquid or shower gel on your finger tip and rubbing the inside of your goggles, allowing it to dry before the swim start.9/ Always take a big mouthful of water from your race bottle after eating a gel, this helps increase the speed of gastric absorption by diluting the carbohydrate percentage you have just eaten.10/ If the water is cold wear two good swim hats. Pull them well down over your ears thus preventing the cold water from entering your ears. This really does stop that horrible dizzy feeling. If you really suffer with this problem consider wearing earplugs.We hope you find these tips of value and can put them into practice soon!


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