Welcome to Qwik Kiwi: Training Peaks

Training for Triathlon with Training PeaksTraining Peaks is the software/app that we use to deliver your training to you. By now you should have received the log in information from your coach. If you previously had a Training Peaks account you should have received from your coach a link to connect your athlete account with Training Peaks to their coaching account.

Training Peaks is an online service that acts as a virtual training diary for you to receive your training from your coach, record your training and allow your coach to review your training. It has many great functional tools that benefit athletes training with devices such as heart rate monitors, GPS watches and Power Meters that load up onto a computer. Training Peaks can automatically upload this information, quickly, easily and seamlessly.

Marathon Training
Coach Athlete Relationship

Phone App

Training Peaks is available online by logging in here. For those that prefer to use their phone, tablet or iPad it is available as an app for both iOS and Android (click on the platform to be taken to the download link).

Receiving Your Training

When you first log in to Training Peaks you will view a calendar. Each day will have your workout(s) loaded onto it and from the calendar you will be able to see a summary of the session (sport, duration or distance and a name). When you click on the workout you will be able to view more detail. You will need to do this prior to conducting the workout to see the detail of the session.

Review your weeks training in advance and if you are unsure of how to conduct a particular session contact your coach as early as possible. This gives them time to review what they set for you and get back to you with an answer. Sending a text saying: “Hi Coach I’m heading to the pool in half an hour can you please explain….” Doesn’t leave much time to get an answer to you.

Recording Training

The best way to record your training is to use a training tool that loads directly to Training Peaks. We highly recommend Garmin devices as they link easily and seamlessly into Training Peaks, but products from other brands also work too. Polar has a few good options, however they can be complicated to connect up.

Alternatively you can use a phone app such as Strava to record your training on your phone and then use Tapiriik to synchronise the data from Strava over to Training Peaks. The downside of Strava is that it isn’t as accurate and as reliable as a Garmin and doesn’t record as much data. But a small amount is better than nothing.

Recording Other Data

We recommend that you record other metrics that can give your coach a great insight into how your training is going or more accurately how your recovery from training is going.

Resting Heart Rate

Resting Heart Rate (RHR) is a good indication of how well you have recovered. But this information is only good if you have been doing it for a long time and we know what your baseline metrics are.

First thing in the morning whilst lying in bed, count your pulse at your wrist for a full 60 seconds. Count full beats only, start at 0 then continue as normal 1, 2, 3 etc….

Record this by clicking on the ‘plus’ symbol on the Training Peaks calendar, then add a metric and record your RHR as Pulse.

Weight

Body Composition Scales New Zealand
Tanitia Scales can be purchased from Qwik Kiwi. Contact Coach Ray to do so.

It’s recommended that your weight is monitored on a regular basis without being the focus of the programme (unless your goal is weight lose). The best way to do this is to weigh yourself whilst naked, first thing in the morning having defecated and urinated but prior to showering, eating or drinking, preferably on the same day of the week. This creates consistency.

As with the RHR, this can be loaded into Training Peaks in the same fashion.

Percentage Fat

Your weight doesn’t really tell you much about your composition. BMI is just as bad (don’t get me started about BMIs unless we are sitting down and have got some time maybe over a beer or wine)! Getting your body fat measured is the only way to reliably see the changes in your composition.

If you weigh 80kg and try to get leaner as you train, hypothetically you may lose 1kg of fat and grow 1kg of muscle. You still weigh 80kg but without measuring your body composition you have no idea and all you can see is that you are STILL 80kg and supposedly nothing has changed.

  Weight Muscle Fat Percentage
Start 80kg 56kg 24kg 30.0%
Now 80kg 57kg 23kg 28.7%

You have made some significant positive changes but you can’t see it and therefore get de-motivated. If you are interested in getting a set of Tanita Body Composition Scales see the details below.

Load this data in to Training Peaks just like you would with Weight or RHR.

Sleep Quantity

Have a rough estimate (to nearest 15min) of how long you slept for. Usually you don’t know exactly when you fell asleep, but if you went to bed at 9pm and took about 30 minutes to fall asleep and your alarm woke you up at 5:30 then you can estimate that it was ~8hrs.

As with RHR, Weight and Percentage Fat it can simply be recorded in Training Peaks as a metric.

Events

Your coach will prepare your training based on the events discussed in your initial consultation. As your training develops you may hear about another event that wasn’t considered or discussed at the initial consultation. This is fine and if you want to do it your coach can work it into your programme. At the very least your coach can advise you on the disadvantages of doing the event (i.e. it might totally screw up your training for your main event, however we can usually adapt the training to accommodate it).

There is nothing more frustrating to your coach than planning and preparing your training and not be aware of an event you plan to do and only finding out after the event that you did it.

Worse still is seeing on Facebook that your athlete did an event that they didn’t have the courtesy to let you know about and they also omit uploading those details onto Training Peaks.

 

 

Welcome to Qwik Kiwi: Communciation

Coach Athlete RelationshipLike any good relationship the coach:athlete relationship requires communication that goes both ways. It is important that you communicate with your coach. They will touch base with you when they need to, but to ensure that you get the best value for money they need to know what you have been doing.

The best way for the coach to receive communication with you is by updating your Training Peaks account with as much accurate information as you can. If you have a Garmin or other training tool that can upload direct to Training Peaks they will be able to see exactly what you have done. It also helps if you write some comments in the comments section about the sessions.

If you don’t have a suitable training tool, you can still write information in the completed boxes. Only worry about entering data that is accurate. If you haven’t measured it, don’t try and guess it. It might mean the only information you have is the duration of the workout. That is fine.

Skype and Phone Consultations

Phone ConsultationsAs part of your coaching service your coach will make themselves available for consultations. This is usually promoted on Facebook and the newsletter (if you aren’t on Facebook you will still hear about it in the newsletter). Book in by commenting on the Facebook post with the time that you would like. Make sure you have a read of the other comments and so you avoid booking a time that someone else has booked. If you need a special consultation, feel free to contact your coach directly and arrange something suitable.

Blog Articles

Most weeks will see a few articles related to training, racing or nutrition loaded onto the Coach Ray website. Details are often released in the fortnightly newsletter. If there is a particular topic you would like covered please feel free to ask your coach to write an article specifically covering the topic you are interested in or go to the Ask Coach Ray section of the website and submit a question to be answered.

Newsletter

Each fortnight we try and release a newsletter with a whole raft of information. We avoid spamming and try our best to include interesting and meaningful information. Content varies from newsletter to newsletter and will often include an article about training, recent race results from the coaches and athletes, upcoming events that you may be interested in, as well as articles from other members. If you would like to submit an article feel free to contact Coach Ray directly on ray@qwikkiwi.com, with your article and preferably with some photos to go alongside the article.

Questions

If at any stage you have any questions feel free to email, phone, text or Facebook message your coach. Alternatively you can use the Ask Coach Ray feature of the blog and I will write an article about it, publishing it on the blog for everyone to take advantage of.

Team Qwik Kiwi member finishing Taupo Ironman
Team Qwik Kiwi member finishing Taupo Ironman

The High Five-0 Challenge for Mental Health

I first met Mal Law 4 or so years ago at a running event and was introduced by a mutual friend. To be in the company of one of New Zealand’s top adventure runners was awe inspiring to say the least, but I soon realised he was a very down to earth and humble person, actually a real nice bloke.

He talked about this BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) he had in mind but wasn’t quite ready to share just yet and please watch this space. He then rang me one day asking if I could give him a ride as he was doing a “reccie” up Mt Te Aroha.  I met Mal and Steve Neary half way up the mountain and ran down with them and discovered just what this BHAG was, to run 50 peaks in 50 days, 50 marathon distances! And before I could stop myself, I was heard to say “can I run with you on this leg”, being Mt Te Aroha and my home town. I was told that I could but there were more details to come and once again watch this space.

I got home and after thinking about it thought, Geez Suzy what have you got yourself in for this time! But I had made the commitment and will just have to follow my word. Over the course of two years it took him to train for the High Five O Challenge, I was known to send Coach Ray numerous emails that read like this….. I don’t think I can do this!…..I don’t think I am going to be able to keep up!…..holy moly it is one mother of a track and I’m scared!!! ,… .to which he replied with a list of many reasons why I could and would be able to do it.

Day 45 Mt Te Aroha finally arrived; Mal was very tired after all he had just run 44 peaks in 44 days and 44 marathon distances all over the country. I was excited, apprehensive and in awe of this very normal man doing huge feats of endurance and holding it all together to plaster a smile on his face and greet each and every one of us, his support runners of which there were ten.

We set off from the Karangahake car park in the gorge, Mal set the pace and we all settled in behind him and trucked along chatting and getting to know each other. The crew were a mixed bag, a lovely girl from Ireland, a man from Germany, runners from Tauranga that could do sub 3 hour marathons, runners from Auckland and Hamilton, and then there was myself and Julie from Te Aroha. The pace wasn’t fast but it was a good steady gait to which we made the most of on the flats as there was certainly some steep stuff to come. Plenty of river crossings, swing bridges, a quick snack at the Waitawheta hut along the way, plenty of photo opportunities and some very steep climbs and there it was…the Mt Te Aroha TV Mast and trig, we had made it! We were at the top, Whoop Whoop another peak knocked off. We were met by a small group of supporters with flags and after a last minute refuel we were on the decent.

We came down the mountain at speed and were met at the lookout point with a another bunch  of supporters and a bottle of red wine, after a compulsory swig it was home James – we burst out of the bush to a good old fashioned small town welcome, local band singing, BBQ and a hundred people yelling and screaming just for us! We felt like movie stars….

There are not enough “WOW” words to describe this Epic Journey – to help raise money for the  Mental Health Foundation, such a worthy cause and to run with a group of cool people and to be a wingman for the legendary Malcolm Law,” an ordinary man doing extraordinary things!”

 

Suzy Monds

From Timor to Tauranga

I was posted to Timor-Leste with the NZ Army and had completed three Ironman events where I completely self-coached with no idea what I was doing and finishing results that said as much.  Two of these events I had trained and competed in whilst on holiday leave from Timor.  I quickly realised that if I wanted to be committed to the sport that had changed my life around, I needed to take it seriously and sign up with a coach.  There are plenty of coaches to look for on-line or cheekily obtain a training programme on-line, but I had already made up my mind that Ray Boardman was the coach I wanted from Qwik Kiwi. Continue reading “From Timor to Tauranga”

How to prepare for a successful Enduro Cycling Event

Cycle Training NZ

I asked Andrea Davies (helmet number 9636) to write about her experiences training for and riding the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Enduro (2 laps or 320km) event. Here is what she contributed:

I’d always wanted to ride two laps of Taupo so in Feb 2013 decided this was the year to tick it off my bucket list.  I had reconnected with trainer Ray who set my training schedule.  All was going well until I got knocked off my bike (by another cyclist) in July, which resulted in a hospital stay due to concussion and my pelvis suffering two breaks. Continue reading “How to prepare for a successful Enduro Cycling Event”

Di Chesmar: Not yet a World Champion

Tri Coach NZ

“Ray has been coaching me for a number of years now. Initially I approached him when, as a 50 year old, I started doing the women’s only triathlons.

At the time I was training myself for a range of distances in the indoor rowing competition at the Wanganui Masters Games. Ray developed a training plan specifically for me incorporating swimming, running, cycling and indoor rowing. This took into consideration my family and work commitments. Continue reading “Di Chesmar: Not yet a World Champion”

What does it take to ride the 640km Maxi Endurance as part of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

Cycle Training NZ

Helen [Chief Crew] and I left our Turangi accommodation around 8.30am Friday morning for Taupo.  Handed in our waiver form, got race number onto the bike & front of helmet.  Nice to catch up with Tracy Parke & saw Andrew, both of whom did last year’s Maxi and also the Graperide.  Didn’t really know many of the other starters.  I believe that 26 men & 2 women were on the start line. Continue reading “What does it take to ride the 640km Maxi Endurance as part of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge”

Maxi Enduro Taupo Cycle Challenge 2014

Helen [Chief Crew] and I left our Turangi accommodation around 8.30am Friday morning for Taupo.  Handed in our waiver form, got race number onto the bike & front of helmet.  Nice to catch up with Tracy Parke & saw Andrew, both of whom did last year’s Maxi and also the Graperide.  Didn’t really know many of the other starters.  I believe that 26 men & 2 women were on the start line. Continue reading “Maxi Enduro Taupo Cycle Challenge 2014”