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Ectomorph Triathlon Training
Ectomorph Triathlon Training
This is a blog for all those Ectomorphs out there who aren't getting the most from their training. I have stumbled upon a training routine that is finally developing power on the bike and run and i hope will convert into better performances this year. I'm not really an expert although I have been competing on and off for around 10 years now and have studied elements of sports training, nutrition etc. I'm really open to hear others thoughts and ideas on the subject.

Ectomorph training part2 - Nutrition

thinmanby thinmanFeb 11th 2013
The second critical area for any training is always going to be nutrition. As everyone probably knows carbohydrates are an endurance athletes friend and getting enough in is always paramount. However for the ectomorph Protein is as important due to our weakness in generating new muscle tissue. Happily protein also helps with general recovery and so when we do the really hard sessions a big dose of up to 2Xweight in KG of grams of protein in a day will aid your ability to get back on it in 2 days time.
You might have heard of the Paleo Diet and I have recently discovered a version by Joe Friel for endurance athletes. Basically the only complex carbs your allowed is before during and after endurance training. Apart from porridge for breakfast I'm trying to follow this and it means lots of steak and salad, steamed fish with veg and burritos.
Don't forget those nutrients and so I have found that the only way I can get enough carbs and protein is to supplement my meals with a meal replacement shake. At present I have chosen USN Muscle Fuel STS, it delivers over 40gms of protein and 40 grams of carbohydrates and a load of other quality stuff. It's quite easy to digest and I have certainly felt more recovered the day after.
I have also just received a consignment of Beet it Sports shorts. After reading about Olympic athletes swearing by it I thought it couldn't hurt. Not that tasty but washed down with a bit of water it was okay. Apparently you can drink it anywhere between 1 and 12 hours before training so I think a bit more study will be required.
Training wise I'm feeling good on the bike and have quite a bit of explosive power which I have been training for however my 8 min test hasen't improved so I need to knuckle down to some long intervals of between 15 and 6 mins to increase that aerobic threshold. I'm actually swimming which is novel for me, especially at this time of year so I just need to get running now!

Finally, shout out about doing a mini training camp over the Easter weekend in and around Bristol. I plan on getting in the car and finding some classic routes to get the legs working and will try and get in the pool each morning with the odd run in the later afternoon. Got any suggestions or fancy joining me then get in touch!
 
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