We take a look at 70.3 Bahrain and 70.3 Indian Wells; Erin Green's Retirement Party; Diving Deeper Into Polarizing Your Workout.
Season’s end is almost here, which for me is a time of reflection and planning. Last year I gathered the best advice, posts, quotes and more from our weekly newsletter, and combined them into a season ending “Best Of 2018
” newsletter (which is one of the most viewed pages on our website, btw). I’d like to do the same for 2019. If any advice or tips really hit home for you this season, or if you have something you feel should have been included but was not, please send it to me for consideration.
How down to business, here is your weekly TT Times newsletter:
Weekend Race Report-
> 70.3 Bahrain sees another world record fall, as the massive Norwegian engine that is Kristian Blumenfeld crosses the tape with a time of 3hr 25min. Holly Lawrence took the women's title while breaking 4 hours along with 4 other women on this fast course. You can find results on the vastly improved Ironman result page here.
> I joined a solid group of locals to compete at 70.3 Indian Wells this weekend. This race should be on your radar if you need a late season half. The podium was a Canadian affair- with Lionel Sanders and Paula Findley overcoming injuries from earlier this season to take the overall wins. Huge congrats to locals Connie Hughes and my wife Amy for booking their slots to the World Championships in New Zealand next year. Results here. I hope to have a race summary published next week which will dive into a review of my key training sessions and training structure used for this race.
Events We're Looking Forward To-
Please join us this Saturday, Dec 14th from 3-6pm to celebrate the end of Erin Green's successful 7 year professional triathlon career. Erin has been an inspiration to me and many others- from clawing her way from the amateur ranks into the professional field, to racing with the best in the world while holding down a full time job, she has done it all while staying humble and relatable. Matt and Erin Green will host the event right here at the shop. We hope you can stop by this casual, open-house style event to say 'hi' and share a few stories and cold ones.
Training Thoughts and Updates-
You may have heard of the Polarized Training Model, and how many athletes have used it to great success. In a nutshell, the Polarized model recommends 80%+ of your training sessions be at a low intensity level, and 20% at high intensity. The result is almost 90% of your training time would be classified as low intensity (because high intensity sessions still have a warm up and warm down period, plus rests, etc). Dr. Steven Seiler has been one of the key advocates for this training protocol, and an extended lecture on how elite athletes are using this model can be found here
(a good video to watch on a long recovery ride).
Quote that Struck a Chord-
One of my favorite books- a book I have read and re-read any number of times, is "The Effective Executive
" by Peter Drucker. I've bracketed and underlined so many passages in this book it's almost comical. What makes this book so powerful to me is its relevance to business as well as sports training and preparation (though it was not written with sports in mind). Today's quote is from this book:
"People in general grow according to the demands they make on themselves. They grow according to what they consider to be achievement and attainment. If they demand little of themselves, they will remain stunted. If they demand a good deal of themselves, they will grow to giant stature- without any more effort than is expended by the nonachievers."
Have a great week!