It is all above the head

Have you ever watched a war movie where the Marines are in training and they are under the command of a Drill Sergeant and everyone in the platoon hates that Drill Sargent cause he is getting them to do countless push ups, running miles on end, yelling and screaming and carrying on like a pork chop.

The reason for this is he is getting his troops ready for battle so they are ready for anything that they may be forced in dealing with.  Train hard, fight easy.
What you do in training needs to prepare you for your race. You need to do as much as possible so you not only become faster and stronger but you also need to limit the opportunities for bad times to set in and with the right training, learning how to deal with the bad times is a big factor to succeeding.
Training isn’t all about getting fit, in fact getting fit is the easy part.  Getting the head ready is and should be your main focus.  When I create training programs for athletes, I focus on how can I get that athlete to their race as fit as possible and injury free yes but my main objective are how can I train the athlete’s head.
Some athletes do an amazing job at this, on the flip side, there are so many athletes doing a terrible job and the worst part is they don’t know it.  They think they are doing a killer job and don’t know they could really do with some help.
So what can you do?.
  • Step outside your comfort zone. restructure your training program to something completely.
  • You ever halfway in a training session and you are hours from home questioning yourself how on hell are you going to make it home as you have nothing left in the body?  That is where the magic happens.  Look for these opportunities where you can. You may need to do your crazy mile days in shocking weather, leave half your normal nutrition at home with all money so you can’t stop for food or you increase your long ride by 3 hours.  You don’t want to do this too often but you do want them a few times a year.
  • 100km time trials and a 12km run off the bike is always a good tester each month.
  • 100X100 in the pool.
  • 2 hour run on the treadmill four times a year.
  • Do your weekly long ride every now and than indoors on the wind trainer.
  • Crazy weekends.  In the lead up to an Ironman, I get some athletes to do crazy weekends on week 12, 9, 6 and 3.  These crazy weekends are normally a big Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Do you really need a day off every week?  I think full rest days for most athletes are over rated personally and there are better ways to recover than on the couch.
If you need help, ask your club coach, get a mentor, ask an athlete who is crushing it or you can email me and I am more than happy to help.
Tim Egge

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