Imagine this. You live in a remote part of the world, where there is no running water. You rely on going to a well to fetch water every day to quench your thirst, cook your food, and clean your body. There are a few wells near your village, but you constantly go to the same one. Because you only use the one well all the time, you really have to ration the water you take from it. Too little, and you will be thirsty, and too much, and the well will run dry very fast. However, the more water you use up from the well, the harder it becomes to get the water from the well, and eventually, it runs dry. What now? Perhaps you were not even aware that there was another well nearby, but you are sure as hell going to find it once your first well has been bled bone dry.
This epitomizes the typical training of a triathlete. Always going to the same well, by constantly training in running, swimming, and cycling. Working with a relatively high intensity, and with limited variation, and a constant strain on the joints. To improve in triathlon, most triathletes will just do more swimming, running, and cycling. On the face of it, this makes sense. However, this logic is seriously flawed. This approach will leave you with a limited range of motion in the joints, and result in sub-optimal performance and/or overuse injury. You need to find the ‘other well’.
For triathletes, the ‘other well’ comes in the form of strength and conditioning The untapped potential of a triathlete lies in regaining mobility in restricted hips ankles, shoulders, and t-spines, and building strength in a way that makes the triathlete more with more grace, prevent injury, and notch up the power when on two wheels The biggest danger of all for athletes, is to get so engrossed in the specific movement patterns used in the given sport, and to totally about the movements that we are all supposed to be able to perform to function as humans. There are several key movements that we should be able to do, but seem to be losing by the year. The ability to squat, luft a weight off the floor while protecting the spine, getting your hands over your head, and the ability to move our joints through a healthy range of motion is key to both health, AND sporting performance. The very nature pof how we live in the modern age generally means we get tight in the hips, ankles, back, and shoulders. This is further exasperated for the triathlete by extended periods in a flexed position on the bike (tightening the pecs, calves, and hip flexors), the pounding of the road, and the stress on the shoulders in swimming, which can quickly lead to chronic or acute injury if the mechanics in the shoulder are not right.
You NEED to regain mobility and strength to function properly, and the pre-season, and off-season is the perfect time to learn the skills that will open up your true potential during the cut and thrust of the competition season. At ACLAí we have seen remarkable results with triathletes improving performance massively, and reversing poor movement mechanics to defy long term injuries, and gain podium spots with their newly found function.
This is the very reason we have developed thr TriStrong Preseason strength and conditioning program. So you can get expert guidance in identifying the restrictions that are holding you back from achieving your true potential, and develop the skills, strength, and mobility to set a string foundation for your best season ever in 2015.
The first step in this process is being able to identify the things that you need to work on, and having a plan of action for improving them. If you want to start this process, come to our TriStrong workshop on the 2nd of October at 7pm at ACLAÍ. We will bring you through a series of practical movements, and show you where you can improve, and how not addressing these areas can impact on your triathlon performance. This is an un-miss-able event for any triathlete out there. Places are limited, and given on a first some, first serve basis, so book your spot today (Entry only €10)