Holly's Tri mis-adventures
I'm a previously unsporty 20 something that has been trying very hard at tri for the last 6 years with minimal success! I love the sport to the extent that I helped my husband set up 'The Triathlon Shop' three years ago and have recently started working there full-time having given up a career in accountancy.

I'm lucky to be in the industry I love and often get to try out kit before it is released. When I do get to play with fun triathlon toys I tend to write a little review about my experiences. I also like to blog about my pathetic attempts to train and the fun I have in the summer racing and supporting all my friends at races.

Generic training plans - thoughts

twiggyby twiggyJan 17th 2013
So its the new year now and my training has ground to a complete stop. Its cold, I'm injured and to be perfectly honest I just dont fancy it.

What I need is something that can motivate me, something I can work with and towards and that will force me into doing at least some exercise. Triblogs helps to an extent, but when I'm setting my own sessions its all too easy just to cancel one or not be particularly demanding on yourself in the first place.

What I've figured I need is a training plan, and there are plenty out there to choose from. Surely one is appropriate to me? A training plan was how I first got into running, led by MiCoach by adidas. I would run the sessions set by the app with Jess Ennis shouting me on in my ear. It worked.

I do have some nagging concerns though. Having discussed generic training plans with a highly regarded coach in the Bristol area he made it clear that he felt generic plans were basically worthless. He went as far as to say that it would be an insult on all decent coaches to place any value on a generic plan and that it would be of no benefit to our Tri team members to use one. Interestingly though he does write and sell generic plans to members of the public.

So can a normal person like me make a generic plan work? After all, we dont all have enough money to pay a coach to write us a specific plan. I think its certainly worth a go, even if not all Tri coaches think its the case. My previous experience with MiCoach was positive and its certainly cant do any harm.

Next step is to find one that matches my needs as closely as possible. I need it to include plenty of core stability work and plenty of miles on the bike as I have a few big rides coming up.

If anyone has any pointers or experiences with generic plans please comment!
thinmanby member: thinman, Jan 17th 2013 22:56
As someone who has used generic plans I can testify to the fact they can only take you so far. The issue is everyone is different in terms of development, recovery etc. I would far rather get started with a group or gym class. No matter what level of fitness you are you will find people to train with and critically hold you to account. Once your training regularly 5-6 times a week for atleast 3 months you will see a great difference. Then maybe get a coach to fine tune your efforts. Best of luck we are all behind you.
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