Meet the Triathlete's World Fab Four: Kiwi Kate

Follow the progress of Kate (Kiwi Kate) as she trains for the London Triathlon

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13/05/2011 at 12:14

Introducing the final member of our Triathlete's World Fab Four… Kate L (aka Kiwi Kate)

New Zealander Kate is a keen runner and sprint triathlete. Her goal over the next few months is to master the swim and bike over longer distances - and the challenge of her Olympic distance debut in London is the perfect opportunity.

Kate will be using our brand new Olympic distance triathlon training schedule as a basis for her training (starting May 23).

She’ll be posting her training progress on a regular basis, and feedback the training and nutrition advice given to her by the team at Triathlete's World so make sure you check back regularly to find out how she gets on.

You can read more about Kate’s triathlon background and goals here.

Good luck Kate!

Alice

13/05/2011 at 18:03

Hello hello!

Gosh, a triathlon is a daunting task in itself, let alone under the watchful eyes of much more experienced triathletes i.e. YOU! I'm really hoping that you can help me along the way with many tips, tricks and clever ideas to help me cross that line. Sure, I have done mini tri's before at beach locations in NZ, but I have a feeling that the London Tri is going to be nothing like those! 

At this stage I haven't trained in 3.5 weeks and counting, and I'm getting a little scared. I do have two decent reasons, the latter of which I'm hoping you can help me with. I spent the first two weeks out of action while on a camping road trip around the south of France knowing full well that I had a training schedule waiting for me on my return. I knew it was a bit decadent to take that much time off (I had been training prior), but it would have been silly not to have taken advantage of the 'take 3 days and get 11' over the Easter/Royal Wedding/May Bank break. However, I didn't hit the ground running back in London, but sneezing instead. The last 10 days I have been unwell with a cold and tissues constantly close at hand. I haven't felt up to pulling my shoes on for even a short run (my default 'easiest' discipline of the three).

Can you tell me what you think about training with a cold? Do you push through? Or let yourself rest? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy training,

Kate 

kittenkat    pirate
13/05/2011 at 18:38
I think if you have a cold you should just give up and never train again, ever!
kittenkat    pirate
13/05/2011 at 18:40

This is so contrived it's shit.

kittenkat    pirate
13/05/2011 at 18:57

Meh, Kate I wish you well personally but since Dan left..... no-one actually bothers to look and recognise what our current Pirates do. There is NO interaction, yet RW/TW..open your eyes FFS.

At the Enduroman this year we have people doing the deca. triple, double, single and 100 mile ultra..

But they don't matter, neither do the endurance people that you pay lip service to RW, because we break records but all you want is to market to what sells, and that is NEW moneyed people.

Wake up and smell the coffee, your most faithful supporters and most consistant athlete's are right here. They always have been.

kittenkat    pirate
13/05/2011 at 19:01

I'm really fucked off by the lack of recognition of the Pirates individually now.

But that might just be me.

M...eldy    pirate
13/05/2011 at 19:05
KK ... IMO, wrong thread for a rant

Its really is not Kates fault   
Gyraffe    pirate
13/05/2011 at 19:10
Hi Kiwi Kate and welcome to the forums.

I think with a cold you just need to balance the overall benefit of training - if training is likely to stop you getting better then don't do it. I wouldn't train with a fever having done it once by accident and paid the price. But if you're on the mend and just a bit snuffly some easy running and biking should be fine.

From what you say it does sound like you're at risk of making a classic runners mistake in thinking you should get out and run... if your biking is weaker than your running a ride might be a better option.

Good luck.

(ignore kittenkat she gets shocking pmt)

*edited for incoherence!
Edited: 13/05/2011 at 19:11
kittenkat    pirate
13/05/2011 at 19:11
Yes, it's not her fault... Sorry.. a bit...
seren nos    pirate
13/05/2011 at 19:17

Hi Kate .........been reading up in the magazine........I can imagine the swims you have done before on a New Zealand beach were lovely............I'm really jealous

The docklands doesn't sound like it will have the same scenery.........

i think the general rule with colds is above the neck ok to train..............if its below the neck and got onto the chest not ok.........

probably better to get some cycling in or some easier runs or run/walks until you are feeling fully fit

Its great that you have some time in the mornings to train...........much better to get it done and dusted before work........

good luck

and ignore KK................it must be something about the name

kittenkat    pirate
13/05/2011 at 19:20

But I will try and be nice to a complete stranger, who is only going to post here to fulfil her obligation to RW. And then will fuck off into oblivion...

kittenkat    pirate
13/05/2011 at 19:23

Look at the history of the super six and the super six hopefuls.... How many actually post because they want to, and get involved in the community? VERY few.

They all fuck off when their 15 mins of fame is over.

M.r Zuvai    pirate
13/05/2011 at 20:53

Aye, i can't argue with  any of your points  KK - but I can't help feeling the above is harsh on Kate - much like the S6  - it must be a daunting experience being paraded infront of the "locals", but i've always seen much more of a community on tri circles then ever seen in athletics circles - hopefully the f4 will see how awesome you all are!

Kate - hope this experience is all you hope it to be - hopefully you'll see there is a weath of experience and  spirit here and will want to be involved and hang around!

i'm pretty much a newbie myself - so what do i know?!

kittenkat    pirate
14/05/2011 at 07:30

Kate, I'm sorry, that was very rude of me. There's a reason why I don't usually post on a Friday night after a couple of beers!

Come and chat.

Regards,

Kate.

LIVERBIRD    pirate
14/05/2011 at 09:27

Kate - if I were you I'd pop some cold and flu pills and carry on. But I'd probably ditch the swim for a bit till you're better. I don't think it's that easy to get the breathing right while you're full of snot and the other swimmers won't thank you for the germs either!

If you start to feel anything in your chest - that's your clue to stop training and rest.

14/05/2011 at 10:31
Thanks for your tips everyone!

I've decided that today is the day that I pull my shoes on and give something a go and I guess that my lungs will let me know if they like it or not!

I'm on cold and flu pills already but it doesn't feel like they are making too much of a difference so maybe a run will help move things along. I'm gunning for a swim on Monday (I have the open water training session next Saturday which tells me is a little full on).

Have a great day and I'll check in later...

   pirate
14/05/2011 at 11:30
Maybe we can get Kiwi Kate to wear a pirate top and gte us in the mag that way!!!
14/05/2011 at 17:33

Sounds like a plan, AL.

Kate, I find that a swim helps to clear my sinuses and that I feel better afterwards.  But if you decide to follow that route then don't do a hard session.  I find that my speed slows down and that I can't go as far, but I find it easier than cycling or running with a cold.

seren nos    pirate
15/05/2011 at 07:29
Hope the training goes well kate
Kanga M    pirate
15/05/2011 at 07:35
arctic lady wrote (see)
Maybe we can get Kiwi Kate to wear a pirate top and gte us in the mag that way!!!

Settle down, it's only an Oly. Now if Kate were to sign up for Regensburg .....
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