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Understanding the information provided by coaches

THE LANGUAGE OF TRAINING

Below is the layout of terms, which will be helpful to know for your training.

AEROBIC ENDURANCE

A measure of ability to do continuous work.

ANAEROBIC ENDURANCE

The ability to withstand Lactic Acid fatigue.

CIRCUIT TRAINING

A type of training where the athlete advances from exercise to exercise in a single session, usually calisthenics or weights.

COMPETITION SPECIFIC

Training which simulates race condition or near race conditions.

HARD EASY TRAINING

A method of training which alternates hard days with easy days something involving hard weeks with easy weeks.

LACTIC ACID FATIGUE

Discomfort caused by lactic acid in the system to the point where the athlete can no longer tolerate it; sometimes called typing up.

LONG FAST DISTANCE

Distance running at about 80%-90% race pace.

LONG SLOW DISTANCE

Distance running at below LFD.

OVER TRAINING

Training to hard and running down the body’s energy system.

PEAKING

A training phase in which the athlete aims at a peak of performance, both physically and psychologically on a given day.

SPEED ENDURANCE

The ability to maintain high speed over a given distance.

SPEED WORK

Training designed to increase a runner’s speed for instance 10 x 100m with a full recovery.

STEADY STATE

An effort where the oxygen uptake equals the oxygen demands on the body. As a result, there is no building up of lactic acid. Heart rate, cardiac output and respiration have attained high constant levels.

STRETCHING

Exercise aimed at increasing flexibility.

VO2MAX

A measure of an athlete’s ability to take in oxygen. Maximum oxygen volume.

FARTLEK

A Swedish word meaning playing with running.

INTERVALS

A type of training performed over a set distance with a set time and recovery.

CADENCE

Leg speed (bike or run)

HRM

Heart Rate Monitor

DPS

Distance per Stroke (swimming)

All your diligent training and hard earned money spent on equipment should be rewarded with results and most of all enjoyment of the sport. Utilising the services of a coach at Multisport Consultants, especially in the infancy of your triathlon or Ironman ‘career’ will ensure you set off on the right path and get the best results out of your body and the sport.

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