Imagine a triathlon like the journey to the top of a tall mountain. There are six competitors in this journey, and at the top of that mountain is a triathlon training guide – a seasoned endurance athlete with the ability to address all the issues that the competitors had getting to the top of the mountain.
All of the athletes struggle on the way up the mountain with many different types obstacles on the way up the mountain. Once at the top the wise triathlon guide emerges into the cave.
The first athlete steps up tired and worn and says, ” I was fast for a long time but then I got slower as I climbed up the mountain.”
The wise triathlon training guide replies, “You have underdeveloped endurance. Instead of performing slow aerobic training or short intervals, do long tempo efforts and longer intervals in your training. Perform efforts of 4-10 minutes long when running and 10-20 minutes for cycling at 75-85% intensity. ”
The second triathlete full with frustration says, “I have been losing races to others in the last 200 meters on the run up the mountain.
The wise guide smiles and responds, “You need some fast finishing workouts. Do some fast efforts at the end of a weekly swim, bike and run. For the run do the last 1/2 all out, on a cycle do the last 3 miles all out, for a swim do the last 200 to the max.”
The third athlete moans, ” my legs got gassed as the mountain got very steep.'
The wise triathlon guide answers, “your legs need to become strong. Do steep hill intervals in a low cadence. Make sure you do strength training performing squats and lunges with large weight.”
The fourth triathlete states, “I was grumpy and felt dizzy while I was racing.”
The triathlon guide hands the athlete a gel, “you have low blood sugar – you may only feel like that suring a targeted fat burning session, not during a race.”
The fifth triathlete stumbles forward with gel on his face, “my energy was fine, but I flet like I wanted to puke, I need another gel too.”
“Not a chance, kid,” the triathlon training guide continues, “This usually means you ate too much, and had too much blood going to your gut. Next time, remind yourself that this sport isn't a buffet line.”
The sixth and final competitor shrugs, “This sport hurts. I twisted an ankle, all my joints hurt and the front of my shoulder is killing me.”
The triathlon training guide narrowed his eyes, “You are weak and imbalanced. Do more single leg drills, more rotator cuff and core strengthening, more flexibility work, and be sure you're using proper gear and are fitted to it correctly. This sport shouldn't hurt like that.”
With this the 6 triathletes tuned with eagerness and went down the mountain with excitement and new found knowledge. The triathlon training guide smiled and returned to his cave.
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