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  • Tri love: Travelling with your triathlete
    triathlete s routine which is typically regimented More often than not when I get snippy with my husband it s because I have low blood sugar from skipping a meal Keep a few protein bars in your bag and don t be afraid to suggest shelving a discussion until after you ve both eaten lunch Give yourself some buffer time Speed work is great for training but not for travel Rushing leads to stress and stress leads to bickering Traveling is unpredictable so give yourself plenty of time in everything you do to make the connection to your next flight find parking set up in transition on race morning or take apart your bike before checking out of your hotel room post race Respect each other s routine Neil and I approach race prep differently He likes to drive the course ahead of time test the waters of the swim and chat with those who have done the race before Meanwhile I prefer to stay in denial until the starting gun goes off Over the years we ve learned how to respect the other s routine but it takes a lot of communication Instead of assuming you both have the same wants and needs for race prep check in with your partner How you feeling Can I do anything to help you Do you want to come with me to drive the course A little courtesy goes a long way Sit around Ain t nobody got time for that Race travel is chaotic In addition to the frenzy of getting to your destination there s the process of checking in for the race dropping off your bikes preparing transition bags and dealing with the minor urgencies that pop up the days and hours before the race It may feel like there s no downtime until after the race is over but within the storm of race prep pockets of calm do exist Find them and savour them Sneak away for a romantic carb loading dinner hold hands and go for a quiet walk along the swim course or simply hug your spouse in transition and share how happy you are that you get to enjoy this experience together Remember happiness does not hinge on race performance Perhaps you both hope to set a PR or qualify for Kona at this race and perhaps that will happen If it does you ll likely spend the rest of your vacation floating on a pink cloud of satisfaction and celebratory mai tais But if this doesn t happen it can be easy to fall into a pit of self loathing Resolve to enjoy the rest of your trip no matter what Race day is just one day and one memory Allow yourself to make other better memories on your trip to balance out the sting of a bad race Let it go All sorts of little annoyances pop up when you spend 24 7 with your partner in small spaces like cars and

    Original URL path: http://triathlete-europe.competitor.com/2015/09/29/tri-love-travelling-with-your-triathlete (2016-04-25)
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  • Blog: The triathlon-parenting balance
    dead Just keep moving forward A mantra is good for all things in life but especially at mile 18 of the Ironman marathon As long as the big goal is held out like a carrot or cookie and you are heading toward it no matter how slowly you are making progress Take time to acknowledge the progress you have made and the carrots cookies you have eaten because this makes the future seem more attainable Put Yourself In Time Out Are you at the end of your personal and professional rope Understandable But when you begin to call your beloved bike horrible names you better go to time out Sit down find your blankie and reflect quietly Whine cry but also come up with a checklist or a plan to make your life and your training better Then execute it like only a Type A triathlete can do Stop Comparing Yourself To Others But this is racing you scream Indeed But for many of us the guy or gal with a gaggle of kids debt and laundry triathlon is a focused goal that makes life better Do your best but stop fretting about your thinner faster more carbonised riding buddy Related Stories Should You Finish A Bad Training Session Managing Your Energy Levels On The Triathlon Swim How to choose the right kind of massage Tough Training For Your Next Sprint Triathlon FILED UNDER Blogs TAGS balance Child kids parent child relationship Triathlon Most Read Popular Now Most Watched The 1 Workout To Get You Ready For Ironman Exercises to improve your reactive strength How Pain Tolerance Affects Performance Five tips for avoiding bike Injuries Managing Your Energy Levels On The Triathlon Swim Why you should run on grass Ask Coach Sara Best Drill To Promote A Strong Pull Phase

    Original URL path: http://triathlete-europe.competitor.com/2015/09/03/blog-the-triathlon-parent-balance (2016-04-25)
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  • Blog: Falling back in love with triathlon
    long it took my firstborn to sleep more than four hours at a time The exhaustion the joy the pain the happiness the parenting roller coaster so much like Ironman Which in hindsight I think that is why Ironman is so hard Yes Ironman is just hard Duh But long distance racing is an unfamiliar process that involves much crying me and whining everyone else and me and relief when it s finally over Sometimes the original sweet joy of the why behind triathlon can be lost I had told Coach Brett after Ironman Do not put me back on the bike I do not want to see my bike ever again He spent many hours with me on the phone talking through my burnout and external stresses Finally he said something that clicked Find the reason you loved triathlon in the first place Get back out there and figure it out Because going forward without the love that s not worth it Ah ha So I spent some time looking back on it I took a family trip I ran on the beach three times without a workout in my plan just hit the sand and ran and looked at the ocean and remembered why I loved running triathlon Those welcome back runs were not easy I had gained 20 pounds since the big race but I was able to remember in those runs the reason behind triathlon not necessarily Ironman that one was still too close I was able to remember that triathlon meant freedom And sense of self stress management and above all joy All wrapped up into one sport The next day I woke up at 5 a m I wanted to get on the bike I wanted to run What happened We have to show up and say I m here It s the same way we must show up to the workout and say Count me in Here we go It s a matter of putting on your shoes and just going all zombie like to the treadmill and doing the run and dragging oneself to the shower afterward Getting through the workouts is sometimes all you can do Then eventually one day you wake up and say Hey I am back Look at me That s often how it happens for me It s all about getting the momentum going and keeping the good streaks rolling on Consistency is such a huge part of finding the love again When I was training for my first half Ironman I rarely missed any workout I was slow and plodding but I ticked off workouts and was consistent as I could be That was a wonderful time in my triathlon newbie life I could measure the progress see the changes all because of my consistency With consistency comes a stirring a sort of summoning of the love and as your motivational mojo begins to rise you ll return to the reasons you took on the sport

    Original URL path: http://triathlete-europe.competitor.com/2015/09/01/blog-falling-back-in-love-with-triathlon (2016-04-25)
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  • Jesse Thomas blog: What to do when your race goes wrong
    bag from sales My wife says that samurais or ninjas or something call this die a beautiful death Just because you aren t going to achieve what you originally set out to do doesn t mean you can t still give it all you ve got to the very end You might be surprised at how proud you feel after doing so Option 2 Walk There is no shame in walking and it gives you some time to step out of your mind and contemplate some of these options Each step no matter how slow gets you one step closer to the finish line I ve walked in a bunch of races some that I ended up finishing well because it calmed me down enabled me to grab more at an aid station and let a cramp go away It s a long race you never know what can happen Slow down and take in some hydration and calories Part of my typical race is crumbling strategy is to walk the aid stations There s a high likelihood that a big part of your bonk is due to dehydration and or lack of calories Slow down through the next few aid stations and get as much in as you can Stop if you have to You ll be surprised by how much better you can feel in just a mile or two Option 3 Talk to people Whenever I m stuck in a death march I always feel like I m in a slow motion super sad music video Most of the time it s REM s Everybody Hurts But when I interact with someone in the real world it helps me snap back to reality A simple thank you to volunteers a nice job to a competitor or even a high five to an unsuspecting spectator can give you energy and help you out of the funk Option 4 Pretend you re somewhere else I do this almost every race especially on those parts of the course where I m alone and suffering I imagine myself partway through one of my favourite loops that I ve done dozens of times back home Only six miles left just a river trail loop Just a short run to the Plankers for a breakfast sandwich etc It helps me visualise much happier times filled with bacon egg ham and avocado on a toasted bun Option 5 Sing to yourself I ve found that if I get a good song in my head and start singing it out loud if possible it helps me snap out of it Just don t sing Everybody Hurts Option 6 Accept the pain I discovered this one in college when I was injured getting a deep tissue massage on my IT band every single day In order for the massage to work you had to stay relaxed and accept the pain while you had the full weight of someone s elbow on your mid thigh When I

    Original URL path: http://triathlete-europe.competitor.com/2015/08/18/jesse-thomas-blog-what-to-do-when-your-race-goes-wrong (2016-04-25)
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  • Triathlon Love: Understanding the doublespeak
    for a walk Translation to get some ice cream I ll probably retire after this race Translation I m hoping you ll forget I said this again I ll take care of it during the off season Translation Go ahead and hire someone to do it cause it ain t happening otherwise The bike mechanic was out of what I needed to fix my pedal Translation So I told him to go ahead and replace the entire groupset Only one more hill honey then we re done climbing Translation There s four more climbs and you re going to want to divorce me on the third one What do you say we have date night at the movies Translation I m probably going to fall asleep I should be home from my long ride around noon Translation I ll run out of spare tubes by 9 and call you to come pick me up 50 miles from home You don t really need that do you Translation Your gear is better than mine and I m going to steal it Can we talk about this later Translation I m hungry Can I please have a sandwich before I go into Hulk Mode Let s snuggle on the couch Translation My left glute is tight and you re about to massage it Don t freak out but Translation I am calling you from an ambulance Have I told you lately how wonderful you are Translation Oh crap you found the receipt from the tri shop Related Stories Should You Finish A Bad Training Session Managing Your Energy Levels On The Triathlon Swim How to choose the right kind of massage Tough Training For Your Next Sprint Triathlon FILED UNDER Blogs TAGS doublespeak love partner Triathlon Understand Most Read Popular Now Most

    Original URL path: http://triathlete-europe.competitor.com/2015/07/31/triathlon-love-understanding-the-doublespeak (2016-04-25)
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  • Are you really ready to race?
    new bike Be honest with yourself If you have not stuck to an Olympic distance training plan for longer than a week perhaps signing up for Ironman Lake Tahoe is not the best idea at this time Be realistic in your fitness level and adjust your expectations accordingly Assess your base Another common mistake that newer triathletes make is bumping up the race distance too soon A goal should be to thrive on race day not to simply survive and end up in the medical tent By taking time to build a strong base in all three sports you will be setting yourself up for success when the time is right to tackle a longer race Respect the race Each race deserves its own special level of respect When you stand at a given swim start you should be confident that you gave training your best effort By always respecting the race distance your training will move forward with the end goal in sight Meredith Atwood is the author of Triathlon for the Every Woman and blogs at SwimBikeMom com Related Stories Swim Tip Getting The Correct Hand Position Should You Finish A Bad Training Session The Perfect Two Week Taper How to do a proper plank FILED UNDER Blogs TAGS advice Meredith Atwood Race ready Most Read Popular Now Most Watched The 1 Workout To Get You Ready For Ironman Exercises to improve your reactive strength How Pain Tolerance Affects Performance Five tips for avoiding bike Injuries Managing Your Energy Levels On The Triathlon Swim Why you should run on grass Ask Coach Sara Best Drill To Promote A Strong Pull Phase The Pros And Cons Of SRAM s 1X Setup For Triathletes Swim Cramps What Why How To Deal With Them Joe Friel The Six Most Common Triathlon

    Original URL path: http://triathlete-europe.competitor.com/2015/07/14/are-you-really-ready-to-race (2016-04-25)
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  • Jesse Thomas blog: Invest in a coach
    in short think they know everything But if you re hiring a coach you re doing so because you don t know it all so make sure you let yourself approach it that way Do Ask questions The counterbalance to not being a know it all is asking questions The best coaches I think aren t afraid to explain their philosophies and methodologies and are open to constructive questions and feedback It s OK to want to understand why and how and work with your coach to make sure you do It s a healthy part of the communication process Do Trust your coach A coach s vision influence and or plan can only be realized if you give it a chance And in order to do that you have to trust your coach Of course there s always a risk that things won t work out exactly as you both had hoped in fact this is likely But you won t know if it s working unless you give it a real shot Do Stick to the plan It s a pretty simple concept but it s something a lot of triathletes mess up Once your plan is in place do it See the next two don ts for some common examples of not sticking to the plan Don t Strava tize and or group demolish your workout It s great to train with groups and it s a useful tool for getting more out of your hard days but make sure you don t put yourself in a situation where you re hammering racing destroying yourself on your easy day This happens with almost every age grouper I ve ever trained with Also I love me some Strava KOMs but I keep those for the days only when that effort is prescribed Don t Randomly make up workouts when you miss them Uncoachable when workouts are missed and athlete tries to add 3 swims 2 bikes 2 runs all in one day to make it up Dgar5 This is also a common mistake and a recipe for disaster Instead of binge exercise do the following Do Communicate There are going to be workouts that you miss you feel terrible for or just can t do It s part of balancing triathlon with life Rather than hiding in your man cave tell your coach about it No plan is perfect and communication is key to proper adaptation Do Tell your coach when you re injured Best way to be uncoachable No matter what don t tell your coach if you re injured Not that I ve done this Jessica Russell This is kind of a repeat of communication but it s such a common mistake I think it s important to include If you ve got something bothering you tell your coach Don t just assume you should train through it Injury prevention is about managing signals before they get bad Don t Be negative Uncoachable whine about every

    Original URL path: http://triathlete-europe.competitor.com/2015/06/23/jesse-thomas-blog-invest-in-a-coach (2016-04-25)
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  • Blog: What’s the triathlon end game?
    ve written before even the most successful high profile athletes don t get paid enough during their careers to kick back do some announcing and play celebrity golf the rest of their lives So what do these guys and girls do when the glory of training 30 hours a week and racing in skintight Lycra is over What s their end game It s a mix of stuff as far as I can tell but it doesn t seem easy Many will go into coaching some will become agents and or remain an ambassador in the sport of some kind for some company Those jobs are mostly reserved for the few people who have built a big enough name in the sport and or want to pursue those careers What about the guys like me who don t have any world titles or Olympic medals Unlike normal careers there is no social security and you haven t spent 35 years building a retirement income You re probably around 40 have a young family and a mortgage and if you did well maybe have some money in the bank But you ll likely be forced to start over again while many of your friends in other careers are in the peak of their productivity and financial success for another 20 plus years Plus you could be up to 15 years out of a normal work environment I think about where I was 15 years ago and all I can remember is I got my first Nokia stick phone with a green screen Think about if that was the last time you had a real job Whoa You can see how it would be a little disconcerting and intimidating What the hell are you supposed to do If you re lucky you unpurposefully started an energy bar business that is a lot of times a pain in the ass for your triathlon career but in the end does help you keep your professional skills mostly current and just maybe will amount to a real job when all is said and run Sorry about that pun I definitely didn t understand the impact Picky Bars would have on my life and triathlon career when we started it and thank God I didn t If I knew how much work it was going to be I probably wouldn t have done it and the title of this article would instead be What s My End Game Seriously Please Help Me Find One But luckily we did start it and stayed with it And luckily it s become more successful than I thought it would be And regardless of if it ever makes it I ll have spent real time working on real problems in a business that will help me down the road when I can t swim bike or run fast anymore So what s the takeaway besides I m lucky Well I guess it s this advice to any current or aspiring

    Original URL path: http://triathlete-europe.competitor.com/2015/05/26/blog-whats-the-triathlon-end-game (2016-04-25)
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