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Always get your bike serviced 3 weeks before a big race.....

Posted by Tom Room on Sunday, June 5, 2011, In : Coaching 
This is what I always tell all my athletes, and I do listen to own advice, thankfully...

Monday the bike goes in for a post winter service, no problems, just want it to be running in tip top (best) condition for China. That evening I have a voicemail, "Tom, I don't know how to say this, so I wont, you needed to come into the shop". A tad dramatic but this clearly is not good. To cut a long story short, and through many ups and downs, I was on the look out for a new bike with 2 weeks to go befo...
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Early Season Racing

Posted by Tom Room on Friday, May 6, 2011, In : Coaching 
Over the last couple of weeks I have been getting in as much racing as possible. My weakness last season was run speed so I wanted to set about addressing this as soon as possible; by racing as many foot races between now and when my full triathlon season starts.

It has highlighted to me again just how useful these training races are as after each race my legs seemed to have found another gear;

April 19th - Frenchay 10km - 10th (or so) I didn't really check the results after this race. It was ...
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University Triathlon Championships

Posted by Tom Room on Thursday, May 13, 2010, In : Coaching 
Last Sunday was the University Triathlon Championships, or BUCS, if you like talking in acronyms no-one understands.

Bath had a really good turn out, from our more experienced athletes and quite a few first time racers too. The race started with a 750m pool swim (messy), a 25km fairly flat bike, and a 5km run. Conditions can only be described as bloody cold and windy. For once, I was glad not to be racing.

   Ole seemed happy enough though!

We were missing a few of our faster athletes for vari...
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Volume VS Consistancy

Posted by Tom Room on Sunday, April 25, 2010, In : Coaching 
As I have just come to the end of the volume phase of my training it was time to have a quick review of it.

Volume - Pretty good, hit some "big numbers"............but so what
Consistancy - Not strong....consistancy within the weeks was good (I could hold together a planned weeks training) but I found myself getting mysterious illnesses too often for my liking (more about that later).

Ask a triathlete about training and they will doubtless tell you some number relating to volume. My longest ru...
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