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July 7, 2013 by Carly Johann in Triathlon with 0 responses

Since I’ve been trying to up my triathlon game this season, I’ve tried a few new things. Coach G has been mixing it up in the workout department, I’m on a steady diet of Pur Pak, Bonk Breakers and beer (that’s not new) and I’ve been dedicating more effort to strength training.

I can thank Christine of Balanced Strength for helping me through injuries in the past, and teaching me how important foundational strength is key to staying healthy in endurance sport. I’ve taken that lesson and started really putting effort into strength sessions with a trainer. That that don’t kill me, will only make me stronger. Right Kanye? Though I’m still only doing an average of two strength sessions per week, they are high intensity and high quality.

I believe that the increased strength work deserves lots of credit for the recent improvements in my racing and training. With the increased muscle mass, decreased fattiness, and much better core strength, I’ve been able to hold my form better on the bike and during the run to allow for faster times and less pain. Sometimes you really need someone to yell at you to work it harder, make it better, do it faster, make me stronger. Our work is never over, thank God.

(Work it harder, make it better)

N-n-now that that don’t kill me

(Do it faster, makes us stronger)

Can only make me stronger

(More than ever ever after)

I need you to hurry up now

(Our work is never over)

‘Cause I can’t wait much longer

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