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Month: February 2020

Saturday Swim Session: 200’s Bring Out Your Threshold & Your Stamina

200’s are a great distance to swim in training as they develop both your stamina and threshold swimming pace. This workout is perfect for Ironman and Olympic distance triathletes or people doing longer ocean swims.

Friday Fartlek Run: Matt LeGrand’s 10x 500m Track Session

400m or quarter’s are a great distance to run intervals to improve your VO2 max. By doing 500m reps this forces you to push just that little bit further. This is a perfect session for runners and triathletes running events up to and over the full Marathon in distance.

Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: GCN’s Hill Cadence Work

This is a great workout for developing your aerobic capacity. A great workout to improve your hill climbing especially at the bottom of a long climb where the initial change in effort can really hit your hard. This is perfect for road cyclists as well as triathletes and mountain bikers.

TUM Miler – The Story of the Fat Wood Pigeon

After thoroughly enjoying the longest run I’d attempted, the 102km last year (well, maybe not thoroughly but I finished it) I decided there and then I was going to give the miler a nudge. I also decided to get a coach so I’d been working with Coach Ray Boardman. Ray worked with me having this as a long term goal and in between I completed the 62km WUU2K (awesome run) and the 50km Catchment Ultra (also an awesome run). The plan was to also do the 100km Taupo as part of build up but thanks to my body rebelling against me by developing an inguinal hernia I didn’t. I was lucky enough to get surgery on the hernia quite quickly at the end of November, my darling and sensible wife asked if I was going to withdraw from TUM, I just stared at her, she then asked if I was going to drop to the 50km, same stare, the 102km? Stare remained. She may have referred to me as a copulating person with low intellect.

Mike’s Middle Distance Magic: Sometimes you just need a kick!

Firstly sorry this blog is coming out slightly late! I had a blog all set to go live. But after my long run sunday I wanted to change it and felt for anybody reading this blog that isn’t currently coached…

Saturday Swim Session: Longer Time Trial

Time trials are a great way to test yourself and measure your progress. Incorporating them into your programme regularly gives you an idea of how your fitness is changing. This workout is perfect for Ironman and Olympic distance triathletes or people doing longer ocean swims.

Friday Fartlek Run: Laura’s 5 Race Pace Mile Reps

Running at race pace provides a training stimulus that allows your body to get accustomed to that intensity. This is a perfect session for runners and triathletes running events up to and over the full Marathon in distance.

Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: GCN’s Max Sprint then Tempo

This is a great workout for developing your aerobic capacity. A great workout to improve your hill climbing especially at the bottom of a long climb where the initial change in effort can really hit your hard. This is perfect for road cyclists as well as triathletes and mountain bikers.

Mike’s Middle Distance Magic: Its all about the base!

Ive been having some good talks with Ray this week over training, over the past few months Ray has been putting sessions in for me to build up to a half marathon in a couple of weeks.

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