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2009-07-19 9:56 PM

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Subject: How to Avoid Injury?
Does anyone have any suggestions?  Full and Half IM are quite intensive and I wonder if folks face serious injury issues in both the near and long term?


2009-07-19 10:50 PM
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i have only had a full blow training related injury in the last two years twice, longest time off due to one was 6 weeks. other was about 8 days....... could still do two of the three sports both times.


now i tend to get hurt doing other thigns on a bi-weekly basis, so that comes into play some as well.
2009-07-19 11:01 PM
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This is where following your training plans are really going to come into play.  I think many injuries are related to things like pushing too much too fast.  It's why I battle plantar fascitis (too much too fast last year).  Listening to your body is also key. 
2009-07-20 7:01 AM
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Don't ramp up your mileage or workout duration too fast
Sleep well
Eat well
Stay hydrated
Be smart and listen to your body

That's my 2 cents
2009-07-20 7:17 AM
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be patient, manage your training load (wolume +  intensity) wisely and take care of the details (warm up, cool down, fueling, etc.)
2009-07-20 7:29 AM
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Subject: RE: How to Avoid Injury?
Listen to your body.  Don't over do it.  If you're having a bad day, take it easy.  Don't over train.  Don't push yourself too much.

When you're tired and/or over do it is when most injuries will happen.  You can never completely avoid the "freak accident" but you can avoid the stupid mistakes.

Missing one day of training because you're tired is better then missing weeks of training because  you didn't listen to what your body was telling you.


2009-07-20 8:05 AM
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for me: don't do long runs and rides with people faster than me. As much fun as it is to be with a group, i'm better off going alone than going too fast.
2009-07-20 8:45 AM
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Sit on the couch, but then it isn't particularly interesting and there are some health issues with being sedintary. 

Avoiding overuse injuries is a matter of smart training including rest, recovery, volume, intensity, and technique. 
Avoiding collision/crash injuries is mostly about being consciensious(?) about your surroundings, and picking appropriate times and locations (i.e. avoid major roads during rush hour). 

2009-07-20 9:19 AM
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Subject: RE: How to Avoid Injury?
Shoes. Find the right ones for you and keep them fresh. Ramp your milage up slowly and run on a gravel surface.
2009-07-20 10:43 AM
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Stretch.  Often.  Lots.

2009-07-20 2:16 PM
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Subject: RE: How to Avoid Injury?
I find it interesting to hear the different perspectives.  On the one hand, folks indicate that it is important to listen to one's body, stretch, and avoid pushing too hard during training days.  On the other hand, folks that participate in half and full IM state the importance on the day of the race to push through the pain and maintain mental focus. 

How do folks who have completed half and full IM reconcile these two perspectives? Thanks to all who replied!


2009-07-20 2:53 PM
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Subject: RE: How to Avoid Injury?
pushing through pain in a race is not hte same as going through an injury

we train at manageable levels all year so we can go hard on race day.
2009-07-20 5:05 PM
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Okay....I'm getting the picture.   One has to be careful about advancing in mileage and distance too quickly.  Is that perhaps why the training guides indicate not increasing more than X + 10%?
2009-07-20 6:31 PM
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Species 8472 - 2009-07-20 3:16 PM I find it interesting to hear the different perspectives.  On the one hand, folks indicate that it is important to listen to one's body, stretch, and avoid pushing too hard during training days.  On the other hand, folks that participate in half and full IM state the importance on the day of the race to push through the pain and maintain mental focus. 

How do folks who have completed half and full IM reconcile these two perspectives? Thanks to all who replied!


Apples and Oranges.  The object of a race is to push our bodies.  The object of training is to be able to push our bodies when the time comes.

No, they are not to perspectives, they are two different issues.
2009-07-20 8:31 PM
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Thanks Everyone, gives a newbie good info when trying to push to hard during training..some days it seems I have the energy to push past my goal, then seems like the next day I pay ..
2009-07-20 8:45 PM
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Species 8472 - 2009-07-20 4:05 PM Okay....I'm getting the picture.   One has to be careful about advancing in mileage and distance too quickly.  Is that perhaps why the training guides indicate not increasing more than X + 10%?


That is exactly why there is the 10% rule (which primarily applies to running). 


2009-07-20 11:53 PM
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Learn that sometimes to HTFU means to call off the workout.
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