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Jump-Starting

Posted By: The Wild Horse
Date: Thursday, 1 November 2007, at 3:29 a.m.

There may be other athletes such as myself who have been consistent with balanced triathlon training over a long period of time (25 years). I have successfully jump-started with concentrated training in one sport or another many times. This technique clearly results in a measurable improvement in a single sport, however, I question whether these gains really persisted after I returned to balanced training. As my weaker sports improved and I became more balanced, I seemed to get less "bang-for-my-buck." Concentrating on a weakness is not the same as building a base for faster triathlon times. Each has its role. My weakness is currently my left leg. I've been diagnosed with a wide range of syndromes, however, in order to jump-start my 2008 season, I need to have a detailed strength analysis and structure a program to even-out the imbalances. Spin scan, video analysis, drills, weight training, stretching. None of these activities look very impressive in my training log. KP has taught me that in many ways, patience is an IM sport that requires dedicated practice. One thing that comes from years of experience is the confidence that fitness returns very quickly with consistent training.

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