Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be asked by the Lakers Triathlon Club in Adelaide to present a seminar to their members and other Triathlon SA member on ‘Strength & Conditioning for Triathlon’. Over the years I have worked heavily in this area, but have not presented a course on the content, so was excited to put it all together!
AP10 now has a well established base in Adelaide, headed by coach Dave Williamson. Travelling back to Adelaide gave us the perfect opportunity to all catch up and do some training, before the seminar in the afternoon. Firstly we went for a ride north along the foreshore (bringing back plenty of memories for me!), followed by some run technique work in Wigley Reserve in Glenelg. We took the group through some technique correction, spoke about key elements of good run form and running off the bike, along with the perfect warm up and key visualisations. This was then followed by some breakfast at a local cafe and onto the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, where we booked a couple of lanes. This gave the team the perfect opportunity to get all of their strokes analysed and corrected by Dave and myself. We also went through specific drills for each individual, key visualisations and some open water strategies!
The seminar was held at the Next Generation gym, right next to the ‘new’ Adelaide Oval, which has all changed a lot since I lived there! There was a packed house of 90 for the seminar, which was great to have so many motivated people, who were willing to learn and improve. I spoke for almost 2 hours, mostly revolving around;
– When, what, how and when to implement a strength and conditioning program for triathlon. This included a practical session, importantly giving the attendees a program to take away and implement in the weekly training. In this session I looked to clarify many of the myths that surround this topic (of which there are many!), simplify what people need to do and also give them the tools to be able to implement this in their weekly and yearly plans.
I was then able to head back with my parents to our farm on the Yorke Peninsula for a day, for some much needed R & R and a good country roast beef!
I thoroughly enjoyed presenting this course back in SA and want to thank the Lakers club for having me over to do so.