The secrets of successful endurance athletes: #2

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Progression, progression, progression.

Our second secret of endurance sport success is progression. You absolutely must be making progress, no matter how small, if you want to improve speed, fitness, strength and race times. Progress needs to be planned, measured and tracked.

To build progression into your training, look at training stimulus. Training should build, layer on layer, by applying the correct load at the right time. Volume, distance, speed, endurance, pace and technique can all add layers to your training. Once you adapt, add another layer, to keep the progress coming. This is where it really helps to work with a coach in your sport.

Be honest and rigorous in asking yourself: is my training progressing?

Team WhittleFit racing roundup - 4th March 2018

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Unfortunately the Beast from the East put paid to the mjority of this weekends racing, and unsurprisingly the only event that had a WhittleFit athlete racing in was an indoor event! 

  • Welsh Masters Swim Champs: this weekend Andrew 'Pops' Martin raced a number of events at the Welsh Masters Swim Champs. Andrew has raced well at these events in the past, so we had high hopes for this years event. He had 4 events planned, including the 200m IM, 200m fly, 400m freestyle and 1500m freestyle and raced extremely well and smashed all of them, well done Andrew!!! 
    • 200m IM - Gold
    • 200m fly - Gold, PB and new Welsh record
    • 400m freestyle - Gold and PB
    • 1500m - Gold, PB and new Welsh record

The secrets of successful endurance athletes: #1

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Consistency, consistency, consistency.

The most perfect training plan in the world is little use unless you stick with it. Going at your endurance training too fast, too hard, too soon, will lead to burn out (and possible injury). And under-committing will leave you falling short of your fitness goals, too.

Mainy of our coached athletes will have heard me say that the key to reaching your endurance sport potential is consistency. Trust your training plan, commit to the process and then sit with it for as long as it takes. Ultimately, it’s the small details, everyday habits, and ongoing process carried out consistently and calmly which will build the bigger picture. Consistency is king!

Endless Pool coached swim sessions now available in Cardiff

swimmer12We're very pleased to now be able to offer swimmers and triathletes Endless Pool coached 1-2-1 swim sessions in the Cardiff area.

Our coached swim sessions predominantly cover swim technique, but we can also include individual topics such as pace control, race tactics, breathing, swim training methodologies, open water swim technique and correct wetsuit fitment.

The Endless Pool sessions are taken by our experienced swim coach, coach Rhys, who’ll take you through the 1-2-1 coached swim session. The swim session will consist of:
  • Visual analysis of swim stroke
  • Video recording of swim stroke
  • Feedback of swim stroke with athlete (via video)
  • Correction of swim stroke via drills and full stroke amendments
  • List of take home drills to do post session
  • Video of swim stroke emailed to athlete post session

 So, if you're serious about improving your swim this year, this could well be the answer for you! If you have any questions about our coached Endless Pool sessions please CONTACT US today! 

Training vs Racing.........know the difference!

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As the race season is quickly approaching for most of us, I often ask an athlete if they think they're able to step up from training to race performance? If not, why not? This is the time of the year to look at these factors and often it boils down to the fact that the athlete is digging so deep in training that it is more like a race! 
  • Is this ringing any bells for you?
  • Is almost every session a smashfest?
If you're always digging really deep and push too hard in training, you might not have enough physical and mental energy left to race to your true potential. Now that doesn't mean every session has to be easy, it just means that you need be aware and make sure that you aren’t completely depleted after every training session and have enough left energy in the tank to take on your real goal......the race. 
Training is training and racing is racing; know the difference!