SVP 100km – Getting Lost, Scratched and Very Thirsty

Michelle Maxwell Uncategorized

  Two weeks on from the Stour Valley Path 100km (SVP100), and I now feel ready to write a report that’s not incredibly negative. I have battled with my huge error in this race, but am now hopefully moving on from the ‘what might have been’ to ‘how do I push this forwards now’. Hopefully this recall of the events …

Significant Gains – Part 2 – Fitness Testing & Training Smart

Chris Maxwell Coaching, Cycling, Racing, Recovery, Running, Speed-work, Triathlon

This is the second part of my “significant gains” blog. Building on the bike set-up aspects discussed in part one, we now focus on training at the right intensity. While the first part was focussed on the bike, this topic is equally applicable to running, and indeed swimming. As amateur triathletes we all want to maximise the training benefits from …

I’m marathon training! Why do I need to do speed-work?

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Marathon, Psychology, Racing, Recovery, Running, Speed-work, Ultra Marathon

So the question I’m asked so often, especially this time of the year. Do I need to do speedwork, I’m training for a marathon? The simple answer is, no, of course you don’t need to, if you’ve run some 20 milers, you will get round. However, if you want to hit that start line in top form, most importantly knowing …

Significant Gains – Part One – Balancing Aerodynamics with Power

Chris Maxwell Coaching, Cycling, Triathlon

Brailsford’s “marginal gains” is perhaps an over-used term, but the two aspects covered in this 2-part blog would arguably be more in the “significant gains” category. When it comes to cycling, there are two broad areas to focus on when you’re looking to take seconds or even minutes off your race time: Equipment and fitness. Let’s start with the kit… …

When should I begin training again post marathon? My legs feel fine…

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Marathon, Nutrition, Racing, Recovery, Triathlon, Ultra Marathon

So we’ve all been there…just run a marathon, sore for a couple of days but then the nagging in the back of our head, ‘You will lose fitness’, ‘You will put on weight’, so you put on your trainers after just a few days rest, and it feels OK… but then. Two weeks later you feel awful, you get ill …