Too good a picture to not include this week. A topic I am hugely passionate about. Hence the yoga, the extra 10 minutes of core after every bike ride. It was one of the things I worked hardest on this year already. The dividends it paid out were superb and hence why I wanted to talk about it today. You should be doing more core.
As an endurance athlete, it’s one of the things I guarantee you we neglect. We train our legs stukkend bru, we swim till we can’t drive home afterwards and we will do calf raises until we can’t operate the clutch pedal.
Why when the one part of us that connects everything, which holds us upright, is in the middle and contributes the major part of success 30km into the run at Ironman. Why do we neglect to do even an hour of focussed core work per week in our hectic 20 hour plus training schedules?
It is a question which was tough for me to answer. One which changed how I felt in races when I had to swallow hard and accept that I was neglecting a vital part of my “weaponry”.
If you look at Crowie there, in the front. Notice his style. He is perfectly poised. He is 38, giving the 25 year old lightie (a triple world champ) a lesson in running with perfect form. He is able to do this, late into any race, because his core is one of his biggest strengths.
When 98% of us get tired, we slump over, or back, depending where our biggest weakness is, on the run. For some of us, the pain already comes on the bike. A sure sign of a weak core. Running with perfect form late into any triathlon, marathon, etc requires a very strong core.
Houston, we have a problem, right?
Now you want a solution, right?
You need to just follow the man over here and do what he does. Not so hard, is it?