In this exclusive member’s only call, which you can download at the bottom of this post, Ben & Kerry answer listener questions, including…
My last marathon I ran a 3:26 in December. I’m building for my first IM distance this year. How should I select my target marathon pace? Once I select the pace, how should I train for that pace? Should most of my long runs be below that pace like I would for a normal marathon or should I run at a faster pace so the marathon pace feels easier? What about brick runs off the bike: above, at or below race pace?
Do you have some good staple stretches for the hamstrings? This is a weak area in my stretching routine…
On a whim today at the grocery store I picked up a pair of whole coconuts, what with it being spring and sunny and all. So my first post-purchase thought is, of course, how the heck do I use ’em? I can use the milk in smoothies, shave the coconut by hand and put it in post-workout seed mixtures, but beyond that I’ve got nothing.
What fun things do you all do with them?
In my last race, I got some wicked cramps coming out of the water. After a quick stretch I was ok the rest of the race, but the next day…the muscles that cramped up were super-sore for like 2 days. Any suggestions of how to lessen the pain?
Hi Ben and Kerry, I’ve been getting into some more intense interval run training prescribed within my plan. Specifically Ben, the VO2max sets (short and long) within the Triathlon Dominator plan. I’m finding that after these workouts, I am very sore and tight in the hamstring/groin area. Not quite a pulled muscle, but close. I am warming up well for these, but the weather is still fairly cold here (35-40F), so I am sometimes struggling to stay warm. Am I pushing these intervals too hard, or does this mean that I haven’t done enough base training and should back off on these for another few weeks? On my tempo and aerobic runs, I still feel great. Thanks!
Hi Ben and Kerry, Aa you know I’m a middle of the pack swimmer, but am getting faster and more confident with my swim this year. I’m training for IM Canada at the end of August. I’m thinking of taking one of my tune-up races (Olympic dist.) and making my only goal be to stay within the top 1/4 of the swim pack. Even if this means I may blow up on the bike or run. I really want to see if I can hang at the front of the swim pack, and what this feels like compared to being in the middle. Is this crazy or reckless to do in an IM training year?
Hey guys, first off, I love the coaching calls, they are a great resource. Today, I have a couple questions: 1.) How do you feel about splitting up workouts? For example, I am supposed to do a 50mile ride followed by a 15 minute run. Do you get the same results from doing a 30 mile run in the morning and then a 20mile/15min brick in the early afternoon? (I am trying to get my miles in and stay married) 2.) I wrecked a couple years ago bombing a hill and ever since I am really hesitant to bomb down hills. When racing a very hilly course, do you really make big enough gains bombing down hills rather than taking them at a manageable speed riding the brakes? Thanks!
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