Coach Ray

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Month: March 2019

Saturday Swim Session: Drills & Technique to Enhance Your Swimming

If you can improve your efficiency you will swim faster and longer more easily. This session utilises Drills to improve your efficiency and is perfect for Ironman and Olympic distance triathletes or people doing longer Ocean Swims.

Friday Fartlek Run: Joe Friel’s Marathon Test Set

Joe Friel uses this session every 4-6 weeks for his athletes to test their marathon fitness. Outside of testing it provides a really great training stimulus to develop your speed. It is perfect for both full and half marathon runners and triathletes alike.

Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: Bike Radar’s Pyramid Scheme

The ability to ride at and sustain threshold intensity will give you an advantage over your competitors and this session develops that physiological trait. This is great for all cyclists including triathletes and mountain bikers.

UltraHumps switches from the Cameron Brown Award to Erin Baker Award

Hi blog followers and welcome to my final blog of this particular journey before I switch to another journey later that I come up with in consultation with Coach Ray. This seasons journey has seen me focus on the 3 events that make up the Iron Maori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series and the 5 events that make up the Cameron Brown Award. To refresh the memories the Iron Maori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series is made up of the Iron Maori Quarter Ironman in November; the Iron Maori Half Ironman in December; and the Port of Tauranga Enduro Half Ironman in January. These are 3 amazing events about promoting health and wellbeing and a great stepping stone into each other, and a great build into an Ironman if wanting to take that further step.

Lisa’s Journey, Week 40: My 40th (Week), Feels Like I Should Have Cake & A Party…

40 weeks, 280 days, approximately nine months since starting this blog and journey. I can’t say this blog gets any easier to write, but the journey does somewhat. My only hope is someone reads it and if they haven’t started their journey that they do. You… do!!

Mike’s Middle Distance Magic: Tri Season is approaching Fast!

It’s March, which means in the UK we are one month away from the start of the tri season. This winter training block has really gone quick and it’s crazy to think that winter training is coming to an end!

Ali’s Adventure – The female athlete

This is not a sob story post, or an icky post. More of a ‘understand your own physiology’ post. As a woman trying to train to the best of my ability, it has been important to learn a few things about how my body is affected by monthly hormone changes (more so now I’m into the 40+ category) and how that in turn affects how and when I can train, and the adaptations I have to make during the different phases. In addition to that, I have recently learnt about nutrition and the female body, and how vital this can really be week to week.

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