Saturday, October 21, 2017

If you’ve been training for any period of time, it’s likely you’ve at least heard of – if not had done – a Lactate Threshold test.   In very simple terms (a more verbose and helpful description of Lactate Threshold can be found here:  http://trainright.com/the-performance-benefits-of-lactate-threshold-testing-and-training/) your Lactate Threshold (or LT) is the point at which there is a significant build-up of lactate in the muscles because the body can no longer flush it out.

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After the intense week in Mallorca, racking up both the kilometres and the hours, I returned to ‘normal life’ straight into a two week taper ahead of the first triathlon of the year.  I wouldn’t normally taper for a whole two weeks for a middle distance triathlon (and you could argue the taper hasn’t really been full-on until this week), but as I’m learning about training stress balance, I put myself firmly into the red while on the camp and needed a bit more effort than normal to get it back towards a positive value!

I guess we’ll see on Sunday whether the taper strategy has worked! Having competed in the Swashbuckler triathlon (my first ever middle distance triathlon) back in 2012, I felt like I had a score to settle with the race.

 

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“That’s eight minutes done” said Adam over the whooshing sound that’ll be familiar to anyone that’s ever used a Wattbike.  Eight minutes done; just another twelve to go then. Oh God.

Yes, you guessed it, today was FTP and power testing day with Adam Gibson of GreenlightPT.  Not a day I often (ever) look forward to! But nonetheless a very important day as the figures that we get from today’s selection of tests will form the basis of my training sessions for the coming months.

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When I started this blog, I chose the title "Triathlete's Diary" as I thought it would be interesting (hopefully) to chronicle my training and path through my triathlon exploits.

In truth, it has been less a diary and more a sporadic collection of thoughts.  But someone asked me a question recently which made me think that maybe a diary wasn't such a bad idea.

The question was simple.  It went something like "how on earth do you train when you travel so much?".  It's a fair question, especially as I do travel more than most.  I chose a career path a few years ago that sees me away from home almost as much as I manage to sleep in my own bed. In August 2013, I made it "worse" by choosing to work for a company not even based in the UK. As a career move it has been fantastic. But for training it can be a nightmare.

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So, in triathlon terms at least, 2014 is over. No more racing.  Well, I say no more racing. You never know, I might do a couple of Parkruns or the chilly Duathlon next month, but they don’t count as “races”, right?! ;) 

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