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Training Terms

Accelerations
Increase speed continuously for the time interval indicated. Same meaning as Build. “Build” is usually used for swimming, “Acceleration” for bike and run.
Aerobic
"With Oxygen" - training which burns both fat and carbohydrates (glycogen) as fuel. Where to train for endurance. This also burns the most fat as percentage of fuel.

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Training for Your First Triathlon

Coach Ken's presentation at the United Hospital System, Physical Therapy & Athletic Training Rehabilitation, X*CEL Performance Educational Series.

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Periodization

Periodization is a "time management" technique of training, where the training year is divided into specific periods related to the athlete's racing plans. Each period has a distinct area of fitness to improve, while maintaining the fitness levels achieved in previous periods. The basic principles of periodization are:

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Triathlon Overtraining

by Kevin Koskella, www.triswimcoach.com

Most coaches will subscribe to the "no pain, no gain" philosophy. More is better, faster is better, tighter intervals are better, etc. This is not the Tri Swim Coach method!

Especially with the sport of Triathlon, it is easy to overtrain your body. Most of us belong to groups, whether it's a masters swim team, bike club, or running group, and there will always be pressure to keep up. It may be underlying or it may be outright, but no doubt, that pressure to go faster is always there.

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Strength Training for Multisport Athletes

Strength training does not necessarily give performance benefit to all athletes
Generally it does not increase VO2 Max
If time is limited, weight training should be the first activity skipped - your focus should be on swimming, biking, and running
Never neglect these to do a weight workout!

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Cross Training for Runners

Want to run better? Try not running one or two times a week. But don't sit on the couch. Instead, cross train.

Many runners have discovered the advantages for cross training, and many training plans include an "XT" (for cross training) one or two days a week. Cross training is simply a non-running aerobic workout that is substituted for one of your running workouts. This other activity supports your running program and your overall running goals.

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