Siri & Bek discuss the reason behind a race strategy during the off season so that the return to training is driven by your destination race
the SIRI & BEK show, hosted by Siri Lindley & Bek Keat, is presented by ReST Performance
Podcast length 17′ 30″
On this episode, as the season comes to a close, Siri & Bek look ahead to planning the next season. They share their experiences as coaches for both professionals and age-groupers on what to consider when selecting races always with the destination race in mind. They explain why it’s good to choose races in good locations that offer more than just the race that your support team would enjoy. Importantly select races that will take you outside your comfort zone, challenge you and build your strength. Keep in mind your budget and travel costs to international races too – it may be best to minimize travel for age groupers to keep costs down while achieving your goals. And in terms of the number of races, they stress how critical it is to know know yourself and your recovery; what a race takes out of you, how long it takes to recover and what it takes out of you physically, mentally and in your spirit. Siri points out that eventually mileage will take the edge off athletes over the years with wear and tear on the body even among the best pros. ‘Training is important and race day should just be a celebration of all the hard work you’ve done.’ – Siri.
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Set out your race plan so you can organize your training and be ready when race day arrives
Whether you are an age grouper or a pro
Prepare for ultimate conditions for the destination race
Try and find a destination race that is going to be fun for your support team
Find a couple of races that suit your strengths and also pick some that will put you outside your comfort zone that will challenge you.
One of Bek’s favorite races is Mont Tremblant in Canada. (2) and favorite European race is Challenge Roth.
Siri – Ocean Side 70.3 (1) Nat Champs
Nice Ironman would be neat to do
Choosing race that will build on your strengths
Timing is so important and as a coach Siri will spend hours planning race schedule that informs training schedule
How many Ironmans in preparation for Kona?
How much do you recover – physically and mentally
Depends on the athlete
3 weeks out of Kona for Rinny was too short – never again – 5 weeks is best for her
Three things to consider:
Know your athlete
Take care of body, mind and spirit
70.3 can do one a month
Bek used to do 6-8 70.3 races before an Ironman
You can never train for the Ironman full distance
Plan for as little stress as possible
Can you afford the races and the trips?
Minimize number of Ironmans
‘Training is important and race day should just be a celebration of all the hard work you’ve done.’ Siri
Eventually mileage will take the edge off athletes over the years.