PREP: This is Preseason! (Part 2)

PREP: This is Preseason!

In line with the earlier article I posted, let’s get down to the specifics of what we should try and do during this long preseason. Here are a few tips on how you can make the most out of this time.

Work on your Technique – I always say that there’s no perfect technique but rather, there’s a technique that’s perfect for you. Think of the way we swim, bike, or run like your own handwriting. Each person has his or her own style that is innate and natural. To impose one style is not only very difficult, it’s also counterproductive. There are still ways we can tweak our technique without making it seem awkward or difficult. The most common way of addressing technique is through drills. Give the right drills by observing each person individually. 

Build your Strength – You don’t immediately feel the benefits of strength work in endurance sports such as triathlon. Nonetheless, it’s still very important and integral in our development. Despite participating in different sports and performing different movements, we still have our fair share of muscular imbalances and weaknesses and these need to be addressed. When neglected, such imbalances can lead to nagging injuries such as ITB, Plantar Fasciitis, Runner’s Knee, etc. Perform stronger, more efficient movements for longer periods of time as the season progresses with a strong foundation.

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PREP: This is Preseason!

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2020 meant perfect vision, or so we thought. We saw things so clearly early in the year, but it turned into a cloud of blurriness and confusion. Our races got cancelled, our plans got derailed, and most of all, the smiles we used to wear were turned upside down.

LIVING IN LIMBO

A long layover like this is unfamiliar to most of us athletes. In our country, races and events happen all year round. We were always preparing for something, whether it be triathlons, duathlons, open water swims, or run races, . An event was always just around the corner. Maybe that’s also why things have been extra difficult for a lot of us. Events are usually lined up one after the other such that when something like this happens, we tend to lose focus. 

WHAT DO WE DO?

When we don’t have races lined up, do we stop training? To answer this question, let’s go back to why we started training in the first place and why we kept going all these months or years. If you’re like me, the thought of finishing a race challenged you and got you interested. You were excited at the thought of crossing the finish line and looking cool with all the gear you wore and used. That sense of excitement probably peaked as you began your training program and slowly died out as weeks or months passed. The scheduling, the fatigue, the expenses, and distractions can take its toll leading up to the race. A lot of people probably would’ve quit; but not you. You soldiered on despite the difficulties and knew your purpose for doing so. Quickly, you would have probably realized that the most difficult part of racing isn’t the race itself but rather the day to day commitment involved in preparing for it. The hardships we endured while training gives us that sense of accomplishment as we finish each race. The saying “nothing worthwhile ever came easy” makes more sense to us now. Read more

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PREP: BAE 5150 2019

It’s finally here, the much awaited “A-Race” of the off-season, the Black Arrow Express 5150! While it’s easy to say that Subic races can be predictable or even “boring” to some, our Sunrise Events throws something unique to make things more exciting and memorable. For a lot of people, this will probably be their last race of the decade; yes the final race of the twentyteens! Rightfully so, this will be something to remember.

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PREP: Aguila Ironman 70.3 Cebu 2019

It’s August already? For most people, you know what that means. It’s time for the best and longest running half-Ironman race in the country! My personal favorite and the race I’ve always looked forward to: The Cebu Ironman 70.3 (brought to us by Regent Aguila)! This race never ceases to throw us a few curve balls but let’s discuss how we can help prepare ourselves for the possible eventualities. It’s best to be prepared!

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PREP: Century Tuna IM70.3 2019

Experiencing race day jitters? Don’t worry, we’re here again to give you the lowdown on what to expect this Sunday. The course may be new, the terrain may be different but one thing’s for certain, it’s another EPIC RACE DAY in Subic! Check out a few points to ponder on leading into 70.3 miles of racing!