At ironguides we emphasize developing motor patterns in training, instead of the traditional focus on endurance development. We approach training this way to ensure specificity and reduce the risk of injury. The endurance element of training is still developed on the side – it’s just no longer the sole focus.
When I say motor pattern development I am talking about the brain’s control of movement. Every movement we make is controlled by the brain (motor). It must assign a portion (pattern) of our muscle fibres to perform the action we want, for example a pedal revolution in cycling. Continue reading
ironguides own Balazs Csoke recently won Ironman Korea, earning not only his first victory at this distance but also a spot for the 2012 Ironman World Championships. His coach Alun “Woody” Woodward talks about the training program that has brought steady progress for this pro athlete.
Balazs has made steady progress over the last 2 years with a very consistent training program, always working on developing his weakness while building on his strengths. His goal when he came to ironguides for coaching was to qualify for Hawaii, which has come about now with his breakthrough win in the Korea Ironman. Through the last 2 years Balazs has come to realize he has the potential to be a world class athlete and win some big races—goal posts are always moving!
This article is about the training strategy that took ironguides athlete Leonardo Moreira to an age group win at Ironman Brazil 2011. It explains the strategies we used to win the M40-44 age group and finish in 9hr 03, a 19-minute PB for Leonardo.
You train hard for your next Ironman and are doing all the things you’re supposed to be doing. But have you sorted out the details for your race day strategy? It’s a good idea to begin planning now so you know what you need to know and consider what you need to consider in your effort to perform to your maximum potential on race day. Consider the following: