Discover the perfect balance with tips from GB triathlete Hollie Avil
This lunchtime (1-2pm) we're joined by GB triathlete Hollie Avil who'll be answering your questions about training - what is overtraining, how much is too much and how to get the best out of your training.
Hollie's impressive list of accolades include the World Triathlon Championship, World Junior Championship and British National Championship titles. She is the youngest athlete ever to podium at successive debut World Cup races. She has also been named BOA’s triathlete of the year and British Triathlon’s Elite Female Triathlete Of The Year.
We're opening the discussion now Hollie so can get answering your questions at 1pm (rather than having to deal with a rush of questions at once).
how much does your training regime change from week to week?
What sports additional to cycling, running and swimming do you do to supplement your training?
a two part question (although a common theme):
1. Should/do all your sessions have a goal? Can this be as vague as 'build endurance'?
2. How do you decide on the percentage split between hard/quality sessions vs general aerobic training?
How do tell the difference between overtraining and just training pain?How do you know when you're not pushing yourself hard enough?
I'm doing my first triathon in June, to see if I like doing them enough to do more, and the swim is my absolutest weakest sport. I haven't wanted to jeopardise the other disciplines by doing just swim training so I haven't! With just under a month to go, should I just carry on as I am, or panic and concentrate on my swimming?
How do you recover from one triathlon and train for the next one? Do you have a standard regime of resting for a few days or just easier training? Is there anything you do to help you recover quicker and how long do you leave between triathlons?
Which of the three disciplines do you concentrate on most when training? Do you train each section independently very often or do you always link two or more of the disciplines in training? How important is practising your transitions?
What do you like to do after a training session to wind down?
Also I am starting to use a few training aids - Mitts and Pool buoy have really helped. Do you have a favorite training aid in the pool and what do you use it for?
Best Regards Mary
Thanks Hollie, all very helpful.
In terms of training what do you do most mental and pysically when coming back from injury?
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