In this exclusive member’s only call, which you can download at the bottom of this post, Ben & Kerry answer listener questions, including…
Kerstin – San Francisco
Hi, What is your view on TRX suspension training and its value for Triathlon? Thanks!
Todd Houston – Calgary, Canada
Hi guys, I’m doing alot more high intensity training than I normally do at this time of year, and I feel great. I do 1 hard session of each swim, bike, run, and then my other 1 or 2 sessions are easy, zone 1-2. However, I’m finding that with winter still here, I’m not getting in as many long runs (90+mins) or long rides (2+ hours) as I did last year. Since my race season begins in May with 2 sprint triathlons, is this okay or should I really push to make sure I get in these long slow efforts?
Shane (Triskele) – Toronto – Ontario
Second Question – i was thinking about doing two half ironman races this year. One mid-July one early September. Should I start my program with the first end date before my first race? If so what should I do between races?
Shane (Triskele) – Toronto – Ontario
I am a new member – I have selected the 25 week HIM training program – but based on my race not starting until sept 12th – it gives me a few weeks before the plan starts in TrainingPeaks – is there any suggestion what to do in the mean time in terms of base building or should i just repeat the first couple of weeks and add them manually.
Chuck – Viginia Beach
I’m signed up for a Half ironman in May, and have a olympic distance race the week before that race. Would it be a good or bad idea to do a duathlon the week before the olympic? Would it be good preparation or would I be forgoing too many longer training sessions?
Patrick – Smyrna, TN
What are some of your favorite exercises for functional core strength for triathlon using little to no equipment?
One more question, for athletes who are in cold weather conditions and cant always get outside to run, are there any ways to get around running on days thats its warmer but still icy or slick out?
John L. – Memphis
I just entered the 70.3 in Austin. I was wondering if you could dedicate some time talking about transition. Which distances should I try to get away with no socks on the bike ride? Some priceless secrets to your transition?
Andrew – Orion, IL
Hey Guys, as a beginner where can I get the biggest gains? I see all these gimmics out there saything do this program, or try this technique, but how do I sort these out? If I went and bought all the things that people say help them succeed I would be a Poor poor man. What is your advice for beginners to keep me motivated and not overloaded with information?
Dru – Winter Springs, FL
My only bike is a road bike with clip-on aerobars. I know that there is different geometry on a road bike and a tri bike, so should I be moving my seat forward (and maybe up a hair?) when I do rides with more time in the aerobar position, or should I pick a compromise position and use that for all my training and races? (I also do some group rides where I can’t use my aerobars.)
Bret j – Cedar City
I am training for Ironman St. George and it is VERY hilly. Additionally, I am training indoors because there is still snow and ice on the ground. What is a good way to simulate varying hill inclines on an indoor trainer? I am on a Kurt Kinetic Fluid trainer.
Kallie – Canada
How do I train my body to stop being hungry all the time? I have just started to follow the Holistic Fueling for Ironman Triathletes but I find I am still hungry after breakfast and in the evening. Can I add or substitute an egg to the breakfast for more protein. Is this way of eating just something my body is going to have to adjust to over time? I am currently a carb junkie and would like to loose some weight but I crave carbs and sweets all the time.
Todd – Calgary, Canada
Hey guys, I’ve been doing some more regular early morning swim workouts (6am), and don’t tend to eat before going to the pool. On days that I am doing mainly drills I am fine, but on the days that I’m doing harder or longer sets, I find that after the workout, I’m a little dizzy and drained off energy. Should I be fueling before these swims, or during, or both? If before, what is the best thing to eat if realistically I’m only going to fuel 30mins before the workout. Thanks!
Jennifer – Calif
Even though I consider my swim to be my weakest link, the differential between myself and great swimmers in a IM distance event is about 15 minutes. However the differential in the bike leg are about an hour. To me the best ROI for my training time would be to bike more rather than swim more as I think I can gain more minutes (faster time) by more biking rather than more swimming. Potential maximum gain of 15min in swim versus 1 hour in bike. Your thoughts on my perspective. Thanks.
David – California
What are your thoughts on run training, based on Jack Daniel’s Vdot system in which running is by specific pace intervals as opposed to heart rate based training?
Jim & Viki – Spokane
With all the sanctioning bodies and several “national championships” all with some qualifiers, some are more liberal than others. How does one decide which way to go, if their goal is age group recognition? Oor is the right answer all of the above? Or do you qualify for what ever you can and work your way uup to the more exclusive events?? Are the more expensive events better run?
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