There is a lot of things you can do to ensure your best
performances when it counts, and that is in your races.
Two of these things on the training front that I believe to
be absolutely crucial are;
Strength development and motor skills development.
Today, I’m going to focus on developing your motor
You may remember a post I wrote a while ago “Reply it”
It refers to repetition and I’m quite fond of it…
Because it works and works damn well.
I fear not the man who has practiced
10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who
has practiced one kick 10,000 times. — Bruce Lee
And developing a new or improving an existing motor
pattern takes time.
In fact it takes thousands upon thousands of repetitions
of a specific motion for it to feel natural.
Think Karate Kid “wax on, wax off”.
The repetition lays the essential groundwork for these
essential patterns that will be needed later.
In an fighting sport, a lack of adequate motor skills can
get you injured pretty quickly. In triathlon we can get away
with sub optimal motor patterns or poor form and even
compete ‘reasonable’ well but no where near your
IF you’re the type of person who wants to make the
absolute most out of your limited training time then
repetition is going to be a good friend.
The true effectiveness of your training comes from
repeating specific swim, bike and run motions thousands
of time to improve motor patterns and form.
It does take time to get good.
This approach took both Charlottes and my performances
to another level, as it has for the athletes I coach and
those that follow my plans.
Was it easy?
When we started to implement a specific run session
off the bike purely for this purpose Charlotte hated it
and probably me too 😉 but damned if it didn’t work.
The goal is that you end up performing certain motions
more efficiently and on auto pilot as opposed to having
to consciously think. When you attain that.. you could
call it your triathlon black bet.
Good technique or form alone is not truly the answer.
You’ll have to wait for tomorrow find out what is.
Kristian “on a mission” Manietta