South African LD Triathlete of the Year 2011/2012

Let the games begin! It is 12 weeks to go to my first big event – Ironman South Africa, and the serious, focused training has begun. I have changed many things, but thanks to my coach, it is most importantly a change in attitude…

There is no need to go out there and punish yourself, and hurt your body everyday in order to see improvement – Ironman training should not become THE stress! The object of training is not to destruct, destroy and fill in big numbers on a training log, the object is to coax the body, build it gradually into a racing machine. Making everything hurt every day is NOT a sign of good training!

The most significant change is a change of pace. I have been forced to slow down (let’s just say close to Granny pace 😉 ), in order to go faster. After a few panic attacks about how slow I was actually going (I have been training in secret just in case anyone would actually see the display of slowness!), unbelievably, the improvements are starting to show :). The key here is to do the slow REALLY SLOW and then the fast REALLY FAST. The killer is the training that lies between the two – it effectively serves no purpose, in terms of recovery, building endurance or speed. The result has been that I do not feel permanently smashed (as in my previous years of Ironman training), but rather look forward to the purpose of each day’s training.

The moral of the story here is that training harder year on year will not necessarily make you faster – just ask me I have tried this approach! You need to make the ‘faster’ by making the effort required easier – simple huh?


2 Responses to “Getting fast by going slow…”

  1. Tammy Metzger on January 31st, 2011 12:58 am

    Kudos to you for trusting in your coach, and embracing this! It is sooooo touch to get people to slow down. They think you aren’t training them hard enough, because they aren’t patient enough to wait for the results. WTG, C! Can’t wait to follow you at IMSA! :))

  2. Brian Pivo on January 31st, 2011 10:20 am

    When you get your best time ever at IMSA then you will have vinidicated Mark Allen (amongst others) who advocate this approach to training. Being fresh at the beginning of almost every session is a great feeling. At first it seems really weird but after a while, the go-as-hard-as-you-can-at-every-session seems senseless. You’ll also have fewer injuries and you’ll spend less time recovering from colds and the like that come from breaking your body down all the time. Enjoy the new regimen and the results that are bound to follow.

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