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Warming up... But its so boring!9 July - 2018
Week 3... Email 3... Im proud of me...
This week I want to discuss warming up. The most important part is at the bottom so make sure you read all.
Every session I give you has a warmup. From low HR on the bike to easy trot on the run to cruising a few
hundred meters on the swim. Each session asks you to warm the body up before commencing with the quality
part of the session.
Yes its boring and slow but here are some of the reasons why we warmup:
- The massively obvious and most important one is injury prevention! We sit with bad posture. We stand with bad posture. We drive with bad posture. We play on our phones with bad posture. Our muscles aren’t activated and remain ‘cold’. When it isthentime to train, we need to then warm them up by pumping some blood through them to wake them up and lengthen them out to get ready to work. Asking a cold tight muscle to immediately undergo massive stress will strain it or tear it. Calves and hamstrings... EEK! Some science in italics (italics makes it true):
Relaxed, sitting in your chair and reading this email produces a relatively low
15- to 20-percent of blood flow to your skeletal muscles. Most of the small
blood vessels (capillaries) within those muscles are closed. After 10 to 12
minutes of total body exercise, blood flow to the skeletal muscles increases to
some 70 to 75 percent and the capillaries open.
- A good warmup can also enhance your performance in the session. Oxygen is released more readily when the
blood is at a higher temperature. More blood into the muscle providing more oxygen to the muscle will give you
an awesome muscle to do your session with. OXYGEN IS LIFE! GREEN BLOCKS ARE LIFE!
- The warmup gives you a chance to do drills and practise good form. During the intervals there is no time to
think about form and technique so one should use the warmup to practise perfect form. Its 10-20mins of mind
and body coming together before the pain starts... Try the below:
Bike - low heart rate warming up - try single leg pedalling - forcing your heel downwards on the downstroke -
getting a push, slide, pull perfect power circle on the pedal
Run - very slow paced run - practise striking under your hip - pushing off backwards - nice high cadence -
running like the Kenyans do
Swim - super slow warmup - try stroking as slowly as possible to move across the pool - lift the elbow high - feel
and grab the water as you pull yourself over your hand - rotating your hips
But here is the BIG one and the one I’m sure MOST of you IGNORE... PRE RACE WARMUPS!!!
I bet ALL of you can say you have started a race from a cold start. I have. Too many times. TOO MANY
TIMES!!!!! And no matter how many times you think you will start easy... BOOM! You have just recorded your
fastest km or highest heart rate in the first 7mins of the race!
You spend a lot of money on your races. You spend a lot of hours training getting to the race. You spend a lot of
energy being nervous and excited for your race. Your race deserves a warmup like your training sessions get
because the start of ANY race places a lot of stress on your body:
- Over taking slow runners who managed to get seeded ahead of you
- Avoiding nervous cyclists trying to not miss the break
- Flapping swimmers trying to swim over you
You need your body to be warm to handle this stress (remember the injury thing above) and you need you body
to be warm to perform in the race (remember the oxygen in the blood thing above) and you want to race with the great form you have in training (remember the practising drills thing above).
Give your races the same respect your give your training sessions because a race is just an extension of your
Arrive early. Make the time. Get sweating way before the gun goes off. Smash the race from the start. TEXT
YOUR COACH (see the trend here) and say thank him for your PB.
That is all. Bye.