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Smart Training

Posted by on September 3rd, 2011 with 0 Comments

Many triathletes emulate professional cyclists in their training. They look at what Tour riders are doing and try to transfer these methods over to triathlon. If it works for these guys it will work for triathlon, right? Wrong! Consider this:

Stripped down training

The best cyclist that I know has the least amount of gear on his bike. There is no computer, power meter, cadence sensor or heart rate monitor. He wears a watch only to tell him when to go to work. His bikes are from a small manufacturer, have no wind tunnel data and cost 1/2 of what other similar bikes cost.
Yet, despite his lack of technological prowess, this man wins races! He wins a lot of races. National Championship Road Racer, National Champion Time Trial, National Champion Criterium, Grand Champion National, World Champion Time Trial and so on.

He learned in order to win he had to do a few things:

  • Continually develop skills

  • Train consistently throughout the year

  • Know that Easy is Easy and Hard is Hard

  • Do speed and interval work without a training buddy, focus only on your workout

  • Focus your energy on training when training

This sounds very familiar to many professional triathletes and cyclists but is blasphemy to the average age group athletes.

The fact of the matter is that nothing beats smart, consistent training. There isn’t a magic gadget or power zone that is going to improve your cycling. There isn’t a legal supplement that will put you light years ahead of the competition. The secret is consistent training. You have to train smart to win. To win, you have to do what is nesessary, not necessarily what you like.

There are tons of free training plans out there and $19.95 books that promise results. These solutions, by and large, utilize Zone training. The problem with all of the zone based training is that it is generic. You simply plug in a few of your numbers and you magically have your “zone”. How can you improve your cycling when you spend more time looking at numbers and worrying what zone you are in than actually riding your bike?

The anxiety that this creates is far more detrimental to your training than accidentally spiking your wattage! Worse yet, the zone driven athlete will expend even more mental energy agonizing over charts.

At E3 Mulitsportwe use precise consistent training principals. We are always resting one of the bodies five systems while another one is working. The athlete is able to perform better because our training is designed to not overwork any of the systems. The Method places an emphasis on skill development not meter watching.

Our athletes are taught to get to know their body. When an athlete knows their body and abilities, pacing becomes second nature. They can tell you how they are performing without consulting a meter. They do this on a daily basis and they continue to do so on race day. There is no magic to it. Smart, detailed and consistent training works for age group athletes as well as world champions.

Who would you rather be:

The zone trained athlete who agonizes over empirical data?
or
The E3 athlete that has a clear, concise and consistent training plan that can see improvements in their performance every week?

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