How can I cycle and run faster? Swim!

How can I cycle and run faster? Swim!

The majority of  European long distance races this season are now behind us, and I have asked many athletes how they went. The most common answer: ‘it was ok but I somehow have to be able to cycle and run a lot faster.’

Every athlete wants to finish a race faster than the one before, or faster than last year etc, but only few athletes succeed. People often start to analyse and wonder… my cycling and running should be a lot better;  I was faster in the shorter distances and during the marathon last fall; I was quicker during all of the long Sunday rides with my friends.

After thorough consideration some athletes decide to invest more money in a new bike and to train longer and harder. This can often be the wrong approach.

One reason why most triathletes competing in long distance races are dissatisfied with their cycling and running performances actually has to do with their swim.

What is apparent is that swimming is often underestimated in triathlon.
Do I have to swim more? Or, I already swim three or more times a week!! – are frequent reactions.
No, perhaps you don’t need to swim more however it might be a good idea to work on your swimming technique – adopt a style that fits you individually.


Kristin attributes her recent improvement to changes in her approach to swim training. Photo Credit: Jose Lois Hourcade

Kristin Lie from Norway is a great example of someone who invested time and effort into redefining her swim technique and has since seen the rewards. She recently detailed the changes in her approach in her Blog after her success at IM 70.3 Haugesund:

After the IM 70.3 in Haugesund I received numerous enquiries and comments or I was asked directly about my swimming performance. Here is my answer:

During the last past years I spent a lot of time in the water. I trained with many different swimming coaches and tried everything possible to increase my speed in the water.
The result: lots of frustration for all of the effort!!!! In May I took part in a Trisutto Camp in Mallorca. Brett Sutton and Dirk Neumann found a swimming style that was good for me.. We adjusted two small things. My breathing rhythm was changed and my swimming style was simplified considerably. Place Press Push makes my swim goes whoosh….

Result: I am out of the water faster, and more importantly I save energy. Before it felt like I needed 20 Calories and now only 1 Calorie. I immediately have power on the bike and can deliver my performance. I might offend some swim coaches now but pure swim training has nothing to do with swim training for a triathlon. This also applies to cycling and running. Which both also were changed during the camp.“

We cannot describe it better!

How can you simplify your swim; how can you get out of the water faster and more relaxed; how can you achieve faster splits on the bike and during the run, or how can you increase the overall fun and enjoyment of triathlon…, all of these these aspects are discussed and practiced at our Trisutto Camps and I invite you to join me in Mallorca in October or next Spring to learn more.

 Dirk Neumann is a Trisutto Coach based out of Frankfurt Germany. Earlier in 2017 he coached his first camps on the beautiful island of Mallorca. Dirk will be coaching the Trisutto philosophy and Total Body Force Methods at camps in Mallorca this coming October with more camps available in 2018. Check here for camp dates and details.

 

Rescuing an Interrupted Off Season

Rescuing an Interrupted Off Season

Athletes in training at our Cyprus training camps.

It’s the beginning of April and already we’ve received correspondence from some very worried age groupers that their race season is going to be ‘not so great this year’ because of a winter preparation that may have been hindered by either injury or a sickness.

‘I got a cold that I just couldn’t shake!’

Unfortunately though it’s an excuse that we don’t buy at Trisutto. As I point out with regularity:

‘It’s only April, you have plenty of time to be ready.’

Being concerned that you don’t have the base miles to be able to complete an Ironman by July is a complete myth. And if you are an over anxious age group athlete let me put your mind at rest:

We at Trisutto never look to put base miles in during the middle of a cold European winter – when conditions are least optimal for training and most conducive for picking up illnesses. Instead, our squads are busy working on their weaknesses while training for shorter races. We build up and only start attacking mileage from April for the early June races and in May for those taking on the distance in July or August.

So if you have had a rough winter, but were still able to complete bits and pieces of training then rest assured that you haven’t ruined your race season at all. At this stage only negative thinking can do that. One must instead concentrate on turning a disappointing winter into a kick ass summer!

Trisutto season preparation camps are available throughout April and May:

Rafal Medak Maspalomas, Spain: 17th – 21st April, 2017.

Edith Niederfriniger & Irene Coletto Tuscany, Italy: 29th April – 1st May, 2017.

Mat O’Halloran Iskander Puteri, Malaysia: 29th April – 1st May, 2017.

Brett Sutton Mallorca, Spain: 1st May – 6th May, 2017.

Brett Sutton Paphos, Cyprus: 8th May – 13th May, 2017.

Michelle Barnes Vernon, Canada: 20th – 22nd May, 2017.

View all Trisutto.com camps and packages here.

Trisutto.com online triathlon coaches are available to help improve your performance here.