Five months into my rehab things are going into the right direction. In this blog I would like to share a few things that helped me get back on my feet again. The first three months were completely without training: one month in hospital followed by two months in a full leg cast. The good thing is that it allowed my body to start the healing process without me constantly interfering with it. Nevertheless when the leg cast finally came off I felt pretty handicapped and lost. Where to start? Muscle imbalance, shortened tendons, a wound not wanting to close and last but not least I was unable to bend my (right) leg. Luckily it didn’t take long to figure out that the answer to a speedy recovery was simply to dive into the world of non-impact training. So for the next two months I spent hours in the pool aqua jogging with the oldies, cross trainer in the gym, uphill walking and off course lots of swimming, stretching and foam rolling.
Pic: Fuertaventura training camp with the family
“Revving up the engine before releasing the clutch..!”
This particular topic has been sitting in the back of my mind for a while but I guess now is the right time to write something about it. ÖtillÖ Hvar swimrun is less than a month away so now it’s more important than ever to work your way towards the startline.
Pic: PJ and me doing some sprint sessions on the beach in Nice, France
swimrun training philosophy - part 3
Intensity In the previous two blogs (i.e. Part 1 and 2) I talked about setting up a preliminary training plan and what to train in the base & build-up phase. In this blog I will make an attempt to explain “how we train”.
Picture description: training camp in Turkey a few years back...O legs.....like father like son.
What to train? Base Phase vs Build-up
In Part one I talked about the importance of key training motivators, how to set-up a preliminary race plan and the meaning of a holistic training philosophy. In part two I will try to explain the difference between the base phase and build-up phase. As mentioned I plan to do three A races this year with Jasmina (i.e. Hvar, Utö and ÖtillÖ). We are now in the base period which will run until mid Feb. Then follow three specific build-up phases (which will be different in duration) but all with the objective to get in race shape and peak on race day.
“Do it yourself…”
It’s 2017 and the start of a new and exciting swimrun season is about to unfold! Please…can somebody turn on the lights, I am getting a bit fed up training in the dark. Anyway, below you will find some of my thoughts on how to prepare for the upcoming swimrun races. First of all, without proper training you will not get very far so let’s start with that. Mmmmh …there are so many different ways to train where to start and who to believe.
Me: Thomas Schreven
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