Monday, December 11, 2017
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The market for compression clothing – either as an aid to performance during activity, or recovery afterwards – has exploded in recent years.  While (from what I can find) there is little out there to support any benefits of compression during sport (and I speak as someone who wears calf sleeves when racing myself!), the benefits of compression as a recovery aid come in for much more debate, with strong arguments for and against.

Condensing much research into a very simple sentence, it seems to me that those research projects which do point to a benefit either refer to a reduced lactate levels in muscles when using compression gear after exercising (although in the interests of fairness, there are other studies that refute these claims), or more often base their findings on perceived muscle soreness by test subjects the day after exercise.

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I'm painfully aware that some readers of my blog may wonder what the hell a guy with a mere 18 months of Triathlon training under his belt is doing offering advice to the wider world.  Surely there are a lot of more qualified 'experts' out there offering a more valid view?

Well, yes, and if I come across as a know-it-all I apologise! That's not my intention at all.  If anything, a lot of my blog posts are actually a method for reminding myself of training and racing principles that will benefit me as much as you - I find the process of writing my thoughts down actually forces them into my brain.

And so it was this week that I had a bit of a re-revelation.  Why a "re"-revelation?  Well, because I already knew and trusted the theory - but for various reasons I had chosen to ignore it for a while.   This week it was time to get back on the wagon.

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Reading some triathlon magazines, a sprint or standard distance triathlete might be forgiven for thinking they are part of some sort of triathlon 'under-class'.  Every month, I seem to find some article which suggests that "anyone can do a triathlon" and that the only real test of physical and mental strength is to go the full hog and finish an Ironman.

Now, I am full of respect of for anyone who completes an Ironman race, whether they do it in nine hours or 16:59.  But I have to admit I take issue with the viewpoint that triathletes that concentrate on shorter distances are somehow 'inferior' to Ironman finishers in the grand pecking order of life.  Although completing an Ironman (and being as competitive as I can be) is definitely on my to-do list before I reach the end of my triathlon journey, right now I see a far greater challenge in becoming a true 'competor' at shorter distance triathlons than becoming an Ironman 'completor'.

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One of the reasons I set up this website was to make public my goal of becoming a Great Britain Age Group triathlete. One the principles set out by Jason Selk in his book 10-Minute Toughness (thanks to Kim Ingleby for the recommendation) is that you are far more likely to continue striving towards your goals if you make them public.

So, it’s with no small amount of pride that I’ve confirmed my place on the Great Britain age group team for the upcoming European Duathlon championships in Limerick, Ireland on 17th April.  As someone who’d never raced a multisport event before November 2009, I hope my achievement also inspires others and shows what can be done with some hard work (I describe myself as having zero raw talent but 100% ambition). 

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Just five days to go till the first 'proper' race of 2011 - the Dambuster Duathlon at Rutland Water.  I've been to the venue three times already in 2010, but never actually raced it myself so this is kind of familiar-yet-new territory to me.

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