Pep talk

Which train­ing stereo­type are you? Asks coach­ing edi­tor Phil Mosley

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Coach­ing edi­tor Phil Mosley is ready to don his fancy dress gear in the name of triathlon

I ’ve been coach­ing triath­letes for nigh-on 10 years now and I’ve started to no­tice cer­tain be­havioural traits that keep crop­ping up. Try as I might, I feel pow­er­less to in­flu­ence them. It’s as if they are coded into ev­ery triath­lete’s DNA. So thought I’d get a few off my chest and maybe you’ll recog­nise yourself in one or two.

First on the list is catch-up train­ing. This is where I set some­one a week of train­ing, but due to work com­mit­ments they’re forced to miss a cou­ple of days. I al­ways say, don’t at­tempt to catch up on any missed ses­sions. How­ever, this falls on deaf ears and the ath­lete will of­ten bust a gut to cram in five work­outs over the next 48 hours. This in­vari­ably leads to them get­ting a cold or be­ing so ex­hausted that it wrecks their weekend train­ing. The les­son is that the only catch­ing up you should do is with your sleep.

An­other one is when ath­letes spend so much time on weight train­ing and core sta­bil­ity that they barely have any time left for their swim, bike and run work­outs. Don’t get me wrong, I be­lieve in weights and core sta­bil­ity, but as add-ons rather than an al­ter­na­tive.

Third on my list is aero kit. I coach a few top age-group ath­letes who won’t wear an aero hel­met be­cause they’re wor­ried it’ll make them look too se­ri­ous. It seems ironic when you con­sider that they ded­i­cate half their life to train­ing and ride bikes worth £4,000 – is that not quite se­ri­ous al­ready? Per­son­ally I’d wear a pink som­brero and a pair of frilly slip­pers if some­one said they’d make me a minute faster. It would solve the prob­lem of look­ing se­ri­ous any­way.

I could think of more ex­am­ples, but let’s fo­cus on this ex­cit­ing is­sue of Train­ing Zone in­stead. For starters, there’s a fea­ture about some­thing triath­letes are quite bad at – tum­ble turns. You may not need them in open wa­ter triathlons, but they cer­tainly help you swim faster in a pool.

There’s also part two of our Iron­man 70.3 train­ing plan as well as a guide to pac­ing the bike sec­tion of an Iron­man.

All you need now is a re­ally se­ri­ous-look­ing aero hel­met and you’ll be well on your way to triathlon glory.

Don’t panic about missed ses­sions, says Phil – just crack on

The brains be­hind Train­ing Zone is Phil Mosley, an elite triath­lete, for­mer na­tional duathlon cham­pion and coach with a de­gree in sports sci­ence. He also trains in­di­vid­u­als at mypro­coach.net

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