Age-group athletes are heavily invested in putting in the volume for training and tend to be fairly successful with their results reaped. However, many don’t walk away unscathed or are left frustrated wondering what they could have done to move faster and more efficiently. Despite performing countless drills repeatedly, the return on investment doesn’t necessarily equate to faster swimming, cycling or running times, although endurance or fitness does improve significantly. Here are the parts of the missing puzzle many age-group triathletes miss out on:
𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗶𝗻 The human body doesn’t function in isolation. It works as a collective system through the various segments. Doing countless planks or supermans doesn’t necessarily convert into better swim times or improve distal limb strength. Between your core and the catch of your swim, the various segments of the body have to be able to perform with their intended function.
𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗡𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗦𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺 More isn’t better especially when you are teaching the body to move within a new realm of parameters. If the intent is to teach good technique, the neural aspect has to be considered in order for the body to adapt and replicate the same desired movement pattern over time. While performing drills, how many of us have truly focused on the movement outcome rather than just doing drills because ‘it has to be done or for cardio 🤦🏽 warm-up?
𝗙𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 How do we know that you are doing things right in terms of technique and form? Most of us are obsessed with our speed, power and time. We focus alot on the physiological aspects – speed, power and time. We track training closely with data and technology. However, when was the last time you reviewed the quality of your movement? Watching YouTube doesn’t equate to reviewing your own form.
Article contributed by Eugene Lee: @eugeneleecoaching