Browsing Archive: January, 2011

The problem with being SMART

Posted by Tom Room on Sunday, January 23, 2011, In : Thoughts 
There are a few key phrases associated with goal setting; process goals, outcome goals and SMART goals. The 3 are interlinked in that you first decide upon outcome goals for the season. You then put in process goals (training/coaching and race tactics) to achieve this. All the time, you are told to make sure that these goals are SMART to ensure that they are achieved.


    Are described as;

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Realistic
T = Time frame

The premise being that if y...
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Training Week 17th - 23rd January

Posted by Tom Room on Sunday, January 23, 2011, In : Training Week 2011 
Recovery Week

It's been a very busy week work rise and I have been organising the Bath Run Series which has had it's last event on Sunday which was a great success. Consequently I have been too busy/tired to do the training I had planned. But in recovery weeks especially it is more important to actual recover somewhat than just becoming progressively more tired. Especially as I am going to Lanzarote on Tuesday for 11 days to get some high quality training in, it didn't make sense to go there t...
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Training Week 9th - 16th January

Posted by Tom Room on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, In : Training Week 2011 
Another good volume week this week. I was particularly knackered Wednesday night after two 6 hour days but after a lighter day Thursday I was able to finish the week off well on Friday/


3hrs 15min ride on powercranks......double puncture = long walk home :-(
45min run - had meant to be a brick session but I'm not sure you can count it was an hour walk in the middle, and dinner.


6km swim 8x600 alt swim, pull + 30secs
1hr 45min run
2hrs on powercranks, one outside, one on the rollers

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Training Week 2nd - 8th January 2011

Posted by Tom Room on Saturday, January 8, 2011, In : Training Week 2011 
After having a somewhat longer end of season break due to a mystery illness and jamming my foot down a rabbit hole, my build up in winter training has been progressive, yet very steady. This last week I was able to enjoy a good week of high volume base endurance work;


1hr 50min run (on my 2hr loop which apparently needs renaming) before breakfast
1hr 15min ride on powercranks


3hr ride on powercranks
3hr hike
1hr run


5.5km swim, aerobic mixed strokes
1hr 30min ride on powercranks ...
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2010 Season Evaluation Part (i)

Posted by Tom Room on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, In : Season Review 
At the beginning of the 2010 season I resolved to take a fresh approach to being a Professional Triathlete. In short, in 2008 & 2009 I had raced the Pro World Championships but triathlon remained far from being a profession - I was spending far more money chasing qualifying spots around the world than I was gaining in prize money. Competing in triathlon professionally was losing me money. There were two options; keep doing what I was doing and become bankrupt or revaluate my priorites so I ca...
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