February 2021 - Coach Ray

Coach Ray

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Month: February 2021

Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: Triathlon Taren’s FTP Building Strength Ride

Tempo training is a great training tool and when done at a low cadence will help build strength. This type of training will benefit longer more sustained efforts road cyclists that will attempt to break away for a solo ride to victory, half Ironman and Ironman distance athletes, as well as Mountain Bikers doing longer events.

Science on Sunday: The Effect of Plyometric Training on Distance Running Performance

It is well known that VO2 max is a critical component in determining the ability of a runner, but Running Economy (RE) is equally as important and this has been shown many times before. The more economical you are the less energy you expend to run at any given pace. It has been hypothesised that plyometric training can improve your Running Economy (RE).

Saturday Swim Session: Swim Pyramid

The best part of this session is that it gets faster as you work your way through it. The end arrives very qwikly, as you work your way through the sets. This is a great session for triathletes and open water swimmers to do to build their sustained speed.

Friday Fartlek: Gareth’s 30min Lockdown Speed Session

I needed to develop a short, intense session for an athlete due to the position they have found themselves in due to changes in COVID-19 restrictions where they live. This session targets VO2 max intensity with very limited Rest Intervals (RI). This session is great to build your top end intensity. This is a great session for all runners and triathletes with limited time to train especially those running events between 5km & half marathon.

Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: Gareth’s 30min Lockdown Power Workout

I needed to develop a short, intense session for an athlete due to the position they have found themselves in due to changes in COVID-19 restrictions where they live. This session targets VO2 max intensity with very limited Rest Intervals (RI). This session is great to build your top end intensity but also your ability to turn on the intensity with limited recovery and is great for both road cyclists and triathletes, as well as mountain biking.

Science on Sunday: Monitoring Overtraining in Athletes

Overtraining is a common issue with Endurance Athletes. In an attempt to get better, athletes train harder and/or longer, but not necessarily more beneficial. This is a summary of an article by Sue Hooper and Laurel Mackinnon in the journal Sports Medicine.

Chef Ray – Healthier High-Protein Chicken Caeser Salad

Caeser salad is great but the mayo provides a large amount of calories, this is perfect if you are trying to cut down on extra calories/kiloJoules. Healthy AND awesome.

Saturday Swim Session: Another Ledecky Threshold Set

Katie Ledecky dominated female distance swimming setting the World Record in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m Freestyle, and won five Olympic Gold Medals and 15 World Championships, more than any other female swimmer. This session was a staple leading into major championship events, and will benefit any triathlete or open water swimmer.

Friday Fartlek Run: Greg McMillan’s Best 5k Workouts #2

Running at your VO2 Max will build your top end speed. This is a tough session and won’t always be able to be completed at the correct pace and may require a few attempts for you to achieve your goal. This is a great session for all runners and triathletes especially those running events between 5km & half marathon.

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