The racing season is upon us and time to increase the intensity and length of the workouts in preparation for your key events. How many times per week do you focus on good technique in your specific sport discipline. I think its an area of training that is somewhat dismissed during this time of the year which seems to always be focussed on more miles and more interval sets.
There are benefits to adding one day per week as the technique day in your training. For example here is a list of several to consider in your weekly training:
Swim Technique – focus on higher elbows and practice efficient strategies for taking a turn around a buoy if your a triathlete.
Breathing – focus on nasal/belly breathing during high intensity sessions to get your heart rate down quickly.
Bike Climbing – not only focussing on breathing, but making sure that the bike is not rocking all over the place when standing, also focus on
the dead spot of the pedal stoke to keep the wattage from slipping.
Running Stride – get a metronome and see how many foot strikes you have per minute. Learn to focus on a higher foot turnover and slight forward lean (not from your waist) to allow gravity to pull you down the road.
Functional Training – Make one session focussed on proper technique and slowing down for the exercises. For example, make sure your alignment is correct with the body pike (plank) and focus on breathing.
These are just a few areas to consider focussing on your technique. Others may include the best time trial position on the bike, bilateral breathing during swimming, higher RPM focus on the bike. The point is not to forget about the benefits of technique drills into your training every week as it’s so easy to do when the majority of athletes are focussed on big miles and intense intervals sets.
Don’t forget about your technique and remember a more efficient athlete will have a tendency to go faster as their work output may be easier with solid technique.
By Wayne Kurtz
Wayne Kurtz is founder of RaceTwitch.com and Endurance Racing Report, he has a lifelong passion for racing in various endurance sport races throughout the world. He is also the author of: ‘Beyond the Iron, a training guide for ultra-distance triathlons.’