Q&A with Helen Jenkins

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01/08/2013 at 10:31

Next Tuesday lunchtime the 6th August SiS ambassador Helen Jenkins will be joining us for a Q&A webchat. 

Helen Jenkins is Great Britain’s leading female triathlete who has twice been an ITU World Champion (in 2008 and 2011) and is considered to be one of the most consistent performers at the ITU World Triathlon Series. More info here. 

She'll be here to answer any question you have about training with particular focus on performance nutrition. Get your questions in below. 

 

05/08/2013 at 11:25

Hi Helen,

I was wondering if you have any advice on the best nutritional products for myself. I am about to embark on training for my first ever half and always struggle with deciding upon the right gels to use and when to use them

Thank you

05/08/2013 at 11:32

Hi Helen,

Do you recomment using gels for a sprint triathlon? As it is such a short distance will this have any impact?

Thanks,

Morgan

05/08/2013 at 11:40

Hi Helen,

I've got a couple of questions for you:

1. With regards to using gels to recover from races/training - is there really any marked improvement/nutritional benefits in doing this - will this lead to weight gain as they are not that filling.

2. On a more personal note - when did you decide that you wanted to be a triathlete? And what is your most memorial sporting moment?

3. What is one piece of advice you would offer me (the modest runner/triathlete) to continue improving race times, health and fitness?

05/08/2013 at 12:07

Hi Helen,

Im fairly new to running, started in March this year so still finding stuff out. What do you find the best pre race meal is?

And do you have any tips on getting my legs higher on my back stride without going to much faster?

Any help will be brilliant.

 

 

05/08/2013 at 12:09

Hi Helen, so I'm finally going to bite the bullet and do a tri later this year but as with most people the swim is what I'm worried about. I'm strictly a holiday flapper-abouter in the sea and maybe a few lengths in the pool.

Practising technique in the pool is one thing but in choppy open water I imagine it's altogether different. Is strength just as important as technique once you get into the thrashing maelstrom of the group swim, and if so what upper body exercises do you do?

05/08/2013 at 14:44

Hi Helen, 

I am racing in my first tri in a few months and I have two questions:

• Eveyone keeps saying that the transition is really important, do you have any tips to make this as smooth as possible?

• I don't think I can stomach gels - can you suggest another alternative product?

Thanks

05/08/2013 at 15:24

Hi Helen

I have been running for 7 months and I have a half marathon on September 8th in London.

However two weeks ago I had a go on a track for the first time and I also did a 5k personal best on mixed terrain but my knee seems to have gone a bit funny. It was a dull pain around the outside of the kneecap but now its a pain on the back of my leg directly behind the kneecap its not severe but annoying. I have decided to rest this for 7 days.

Have you got any tips or advise for recovery?

Thank You!

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
05/08/2013 at 15:27

Helen, I have been in triathlon for over 20 years and swimming has always been my weak spot but since last summer I've been swimming progressively worse and am really struggling in all disciplines, even sprints and always get trailed off at the back of the field. Any suggestions? I'm tired of always being last out of the water.

05/08/2013 at 16:05

Hello Helen,

Across cycling, running and swimming, which area is your strongest and which is your weakest?

Also, how strict is your training regime or are you always open to new plans?

Thank you.

05/08/2013 at 16:58

Hi Helen,

I have one last question - I have plantar fasciitis (again), have you ever had it? Any advice?

Thanks 

 

cougie    pirate
05/08/2013 at 17:08
I've a question - what % of your training hours goes on each discipline - and does this change with the seasons or is it pretty constant.
TR
05/08/2013 at 18:43

Helen,

What does a typical week look like for you bike wise, and what sort of bike sessions are you doing, in terms of hours and session types ? Do you include turbo/computrainer in order to to get bike quality work in or do you save the turbo for foul weather in the winter ?

Thanks

06/08/2013 at 08:38

Hi Helen - is it ever possible to have TOO much isotonic drink and gel during, say, a marathon? What are the signs/effects?

 

Thanks. 

06/08/2013 at 12:56
Gemma Frostick2 wrote (see)

Hi Helen,

I was wondering if you have any advice on the best nutritional products for myself. I am about to embark on training for my first ever half and always struggle with deciding upon the right gels to use and when to use them

Thank you

Hi Gemma,

Firstly Good luck in your training for a half. It is a bit different to Olympic as you are going to need to put more hours into training; this is where gel consumption becomes important. I would recommend the SiS GO Isotonic gel to start with as this is easy to digest and has the carbohydrate you need to keep going for a half! I would take them during your longer sessions to make sure your getting the most out of the training, you don’t want to suffer at the end of a session because you ran out of fuel! I also recommend the SiS GO + Caffeine gel for your race. Maybe not for the start but when your half way through and need that extra kick the caffeine gels work well. Hope that helps

06/08/2013 at 12:58
Morgan Jones2 wrote (see)

Hi Helen,

Do you recomment using gels for a sprint triathlon? As it is such a short distance will this have any impact?

Thanks,

Morgan

Hi Morgan

I don’t think you would need a gel during a sprint triathlon, as you’re right it is such a short distance. But whatever race I do I take a SiS Go + Caffeine gel about 20 to 30 minutes before the start of a race. The caffeine gives me a lift and I’m certain I’m not going to run out of energy then as I have had some carbohydrate too. If you are worried why not have a gel taped on your bike and use it if you feel you need it. You could also sip on SiS GO Electrolyte during the race. Good luck for the race!

06/08/2013 at 12:59
SRyder4 wrote (see)

Hi Helen,

I've got a couple of questions for you:

1. With regards to using gels to recover from races/training - is there really any marked improvement/nutritional benefits in doing this - will this lead to weight gain as they are not that filling.

2. On a more personal note - when did you decide that you wanted to be a triathlete? And what is your most memorial sporting moment?

3. What is one piece of advice you would offer me (the modest runner/triathlete) to continue improving race times, health and fitness?

Hi, thanks for the questions, I’ll answer them in order for you.

  1. I don’t tend to use gels for recovery, I use them for racing and during my longer tougher sessions to provide carbohydrate. I would use the SiS REGO Recovery products for after exercise. With regards to weight gain, it’s important to use the products at the right time, for example I wouldn’t use a SiS REGO Rapid Recovery drink everyday, but after my hard sessions they are perfect for me. Work out when will be the optimal time (after key sessions and long sessions) to use the products that work for you.
  2. I never really made the decision to become a triathlete; I sort of evolved into it! I came from a swimming background, gave Triathlon a go, then started running and biking a little more and ended up a triathlete! I was lucky to have people living in my area who guided me in the direction of triathlon.
  3. The one bit of advice would be to have a goal, it’s so much easier to do the training and motivate yourself on the tough days if you have a reason to be training. I love having an aim and something to strive, and then if you achieve your goal the satisfaction is brilliant. A weekly or bi-weekly training plan is also a way to keep yourself on track with a goal and training.
06/08/2013 at 13:00
SRyder4 wrote (see)

Hi Helen,

I have one last question - I have plantar fasciitis (again), have you ever had it? Any advice?

Thanks 

 

I haven’t had really bad Plantar fasciitis, just a tight one but nothing severe that has stopped me training. The best things that worked for me were icing it and having acupuncture into the tender part of the plantar. If it’s a really bad problem I would look at orthotic insoles to help you.


 

 

06/08/2013 at 13:00

Graeme Sapased wrote (see)

Hi Helen,

Im fairly new to running, started in March this year so still finding stuff out. What do you find the best pre race meal is?

And do you have any tips on getting my legs higher on my back stride without going to much faster?

Any help will be brilliant.

 

Hi

Hope the running training is going well so far! The pre race meal varies from person to person, I know one triathlete (a world champ) that will eat a four cheese pizza the evening before every race!

If your race is early in the morning a good meal the night before the race helps, don’t eat anything you wouldn’t normally, if you don’t normally eat pasta then don’t tuck into a massive bowl. Go with what you know, don’t overeat but don’t deny yourself. In the morning try to eat something plain and simple, bananas, porridge, white bread, along those lines. I like something sweet too so will usually eat a few biscuits or a muffin. If you are too nervous to eat don’t worry try to get a little bit of food down you, and drink your calories by drinking an Isotonic or electrolyte drink. SiS GO Electrolyte is great alongside breakfast.

With regards to running style, I am not an expert, I just run, I don’t coach it, it would be best to get advice from a running coach who can give you a few specific running drills to help you.

Edited: 06/08/2013 at 13:01
06/08/2013 at 13:03
Kerry RW wrote (see)

Hi Helen, so I'm finally going to bite the bullet and do a tri later this year but as with most people the swim is what I'm worried about. I'm strictly a holiday flapper-abouter in the sea and maybe a few lengths in the pool.

Practising technique in the pool is one thing but in choppy open water I imagine it's altogether different. Is strength just as important as technique once you get into the thrashing maelstrom of the group swim, and if so what upper body exercises do you do?

Hi Kerry

Congratulations on deciding to do the tri! Swim technique is an important thing to try to master; even though when you go open water it can go out of the window a bit!

I usually do most of my training in the pool and then when I get to the open water stuff I have the strength and technique from my pool swimming. The first open water swim is always pretty nerve wracking, as it is very different from the pool. Firstly make sure you get your wetsuit on well and then be prepared that you’ll get a little bit bashed around, if you are prepared for it that can help.

The upper body exercises I do are mainly press-ups; I’m not very good at upper body strength so I do have to work at it! I also use my paddles in some swimming sessions for strength. Hope that helps!

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