If you enjoy reading my articles and blogs why not try my eBook? I called it the Draft Legal Triathlon Guide because that particular type of event embraces the requirements and challenges of all of its component parts: not just swimming, cycling, running and triathlon, but bunch events and solo events, multi sport and single sport events, high intensity events and endurance events. Whether or not you have the desire, or, let’s face it, the time and the talent, to go head to head with elite triathletes the book helps you to understand how to make the most of the training and racing that you do. Substitute the words ‘triathlete’ and ‘triathlon’ with you and your event in he excerpt below…
“To train effectively for triathlon it’s essential to see ‘The Big Picture’. Experienced senior triathletes should see their own big picture. Young triathletes rely on those around them, particularly their coaches, to help. But the sooner they start to take on the responsibility of thinking for themselves the better.
Seeing the big picture simply means putting everything into context. And if you are committing yourself to elite triathlon the context is peaking for your races: some races more than others. Peaking means performing to the best of your ability at the right time. It means maximising your speed over your race distance, and getting everything that you’ve been working on just right …when it actually matters. It means being physically and mentally prepared to perform at your most important races. It means an awful lot more than being fit.
Another aspect of the big picture is the need to understand continuous, year on year improvement. When you start something new you make improvements every week. As a young swimmer you’re forever telling your parents that you set a new ‘personal best’. As you mature you start to find that you only set new PBs in competition – so those become your focus and you stop worrying that you don’t set a new record each week. The longer you carry on, however, the more difficult it is to set new PBs even in competition. All of the things that you did before are no longer making you faster. If you don’t start to see something of the big picture now you’ll almost definitely give up. And that would be a shame.
Seeing the big picture is a bit like having a crystal ball. You might not see tall, dark strangers, but you’ll see periods of great form, periods of extreme fatigue, periods of feeling fast, periods of feeling slow, periods of relaxation and periods of stress. As you become more experienced you’ll be able to put numbers to some of those, and you’ll know long before you get to your big races that you’ll be ready for them.
Predicting the future sounds like powerful stuff. The kind of thing that gets gamblers, bankers, entrepreneurs and gangsters excited.
It is powerful stuff! And it does get people excited. Everyone in sport is a gambler. Everyone gambles on predicting the future: organisers organise events, athletes enter them, TV executive bid for the rights to show them, spectators buy tickets to watch them and gamblers, er, gamble on them. People invest their time and money because they’re confident that the best athletes are going to produce their best performances at exactly the right time – weeks, months and years in the future.
We can’t really see into the future of course. What we know is that certain principles always hold true.”
Excerpt From: Tim Williams. “The Draft Legal Triathlon Guide”. Apple Books.
“…well (and simply) written, clear, and straight to the bull’s eye of what is important and relevant. I think it would be extremely helpful to the vast majority of age group triathletes (drafting or not) to read it to help them understand what the key principles are.” (Emma Pooley)
Those key principles helped Emma to win, amongst other things, a World Cycling Championship and an Olympic medal, but equally importantly mean that she’s still enjoying her sport many years later.
Available for just £10 from Lulu.com (click below) and the Apple bookstore.