Triathlon Swim Training and Racing

Just picked up a really good tip for those of you working on improving your swimming technique related to triathlon.

The TriSwimCoach podcast episode 19 packs an interview with Glenn Mills from

They cover plenty of nice tips for beginner and intermediary triathletes, so you might want to check out the podcast. Two things in particular stood out for me.

First of all, they mention how you can’t win a triathlon in the swim, but you can loose it. That reminded me of my swim at the Triathlon Aalsmeer earlier this year. It’s the only triathlon race I will eventually do in 2010 and I remember standing on the beach being very excited and wanting to go. The gun went off, and I think it wasn’t until about 100 meters into the swim that I thought: I went too fast, I can’t sustain this.

And that’s exactly what they’re talking about in the podcast. When you’re toing the line, ready to go, remember that this is a MULTI-sport event and make sure you’ve got a little something left for bike and run (not to mention the rest of the swim).

The second tip was the awesome swim videos they’ve put on their website. They GoSwim also has an iPhone app which should feature swim technique videos, but it didn’t work on my iPad. Go to their website and have a look or go to youtube and search for “Go Swim”. That should give you food for thought on improving your swim.

This wraps up a slow week in terms of training. Did some swim technique training on Monday, got teeth pulled on Tuesday and have been taking it pretty easy since then. Hope to get back into things some time next week, when the pain subsides. I seem to have lost a few kilos as well which I attribute to eating different after having teeth pulled. Really want things to get back to normal, though.

Interview: Ironman World Champ “Macca” explains his strategy!

This one is a real treat – I just finished listening to this excellent podcast from John and Bevan at Ironman Talk.

Chris “Macca” McCormack won his 2nd Ironman World Championship on the 9th of October. In this interview he reveals a bit about how he prepares. The part I liked the most is how he studies every single competitor to understand their strengths and weaknesses – to be able to plan his own race to improve his winning chances.

Excellent interview, which you can subscribe to on iTunes or listen to right here.


How to Avoid Endurance Overtraining

Over the past few weeks I’ve had conversations with a few people about starting training or taking training to the next level.

Often the new goal of going somewhere new with training is one that the athlete eagerly wants to get to. A common mistake is to let the efforts in training match the desire to get to the goal.

While that is certainly understandable, it could well lead to a too steep increase in both intensity and duration of trainings. This is certainly a mistake I’ve often made in the past.

For the 2010 season I set out to avoid injury by following a few rules that I wanted to share with you:
– set your seasonal goal below your dream. For instance if your goal is to complete a marathon, then set a goal for this season of completing a half marathon and push the marathon to next year.
– never increase your training intensity or training time by more than 10% week over week – the body just can’t handle it.
– at the first sign of any type of injury, back down and either stop training or take the training down to a level which provides room for reecovery. And stretch – particularly the part of the body which is in danger of injury.
– recover! Make sure to rest well, get your night’s sleep.

I’m doing pretty well on the first two, but am still working on the last point. i’ll go do that now.

Endurance Sports Content

Just spent some time reviewing this blog and upon reviewing it I’ve made some changes. As my motivation to write here is changing, then so will the content. As I’m throwing out a few non-family, non-work actitivies in order to make more time for sports it’s natural that the focus here changes too.

As of now this will become a mixed training log including thoughts about training, progress, and other items mostly related to endurance sports – and endurance sports gadgets as I’ve written about a few times in the past.

That should better support a few training goals of mine, notably half marathon and half marathon with a twist (more on the twist later).

Part of the blogging will be done on the go to keep blogging as efficient as possible, so you might experience a few typos, as my fingers get used to tablet computers on-screen keyboards.

This serves as a warning – let the training begin 🙂