In­tro­duce race-pace run­ning now so you’ll be bet­ter prepped come race day

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Contents - DU­RA­TION 80MINS COACH SCOTT FIND­LAY

It’s re­ally im­por­tant, espe­cially in ath­letes newer to triathlon and run­ning, to es­tab­lish a good fit­ness base be­fore at­tempt­ing faster more vig­or­ous train­ing. This is why the tra­di­tional train­ing cal­en­dar be­gins with pri­mar­ily easy, aer­o­bic train­ing and tech­nique work.

This also means that when it comes to faster train­ing, your body is ready for it and you’ll be bet­ter pro­tected against ill­ness and in­jury. This ses­sion is de­signed to in­tro­duce your body to faster run­ning so it can be­gin to tol­er­ate more. But try not to get too car­ried away and run too fast just be­cause the in­ter­vals are short! The main set is con­tin­u­ous to pro­vide a good en­durance work­out with a sprin­kling of race-pace run­ning, which may be­gin to feel dif­fi­cult by the end of the set.

An­other ben­e­fit of this ses­sion is that it in­tro­duces race-pace work to give you an idea of what you might be able to sus­tain when rac­ing be­gins.

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