Q. Hey coach, it’s cold outside, can I run on the treadmill?
A. Anything that makes you run works. Yes, it’s slightly different from a biomechanics standpoint, there is no air resistance, etc. But you are running and that’s the bottom line. A lot more could be said, but that’s the short answer. As long as you run, you’re good.
Q. How about vasa instead of swimming?
A. Heeeeeeeemmmmmm, no sorry, get in the water. Although vasa can be added to swimming, it can’t substitute to it. You can’t feel the water, you can’t work on body position, you don’t kick, so no. Add it to swimming, yes. Replace swimming by vasa sets? No.
Q. I want to crossfit. Can I?
A. Sure. It’s the ‘off season’ (see a previous post) you want to add some variety, why not. Actually, it’s fun. Is it going to make you a better triathlete? Depends. It will make you a better triathlete than doing nothing. But it won’t make you a better triathlete than swimming, biking, and running. Yes, there are multiple sites saying otherwise. There are also a few sites predicting the end of the world a few months ago…specificity folks, specificity!
Q. I have a hard time training in the winter. Can I take the winter off?
A. Yes you can. You will be slower next season. It’s really up to you. Ok, I was trying to not be too sarcastic, but I really couldn’t.
Q. I need to become a forefoot runner, what should I do?
A. You want to become a forefoot runner or a faster runner? Better biomechanics on the run does not equate being a forefoot runner. Nor does running barefoot make you a better runner. It’s a lot trickier AND simpler than that. Yes, at the same time. We will go back to this in a future post. There is a lot of information around lately talking about barefoot, forefoot, mid foot, and the wrong causal links. Focus on becoming a better runner, not a barefoot or forefoot runner.