News 6th September 2016

6th September 2016 - Wetsuit Neck Rash & Brick Sessions

 

Two of my current bug bears and regularly misunderstood.

 

Wetsuit Neck Rash:

 

We all know what it is, yet why does no one ever deal with the actual problem?

 

I regularly see people plastering their necks in Vaseline/Bodyglide/Baby Oil and all others manners of lotions and potions, yet they still get wetsuit neck rash.

 

Why?

 

Well if you actually look at what causes the rash, then you can solve this problem quite easily.

 

The rough part of the Velcro tab is always the culprit.

 

On wetsuits where the rough part of the Velcro is on the tab, make sure the tab is pulled tight and is lower than the top of the neckline of the wetsuit (See Pic 1).

 

On wetsuits where the rough part of the Velcro is on the wetsuit, make sure the tab is pulled tight and is slightly higher than the top of the neckline of the wetsuit (See Pic 2).

 

 

 

Brick Sessions:

 

Time and time again I hear people saying that they blew up toward the end of the run and this was because they hadn’t done enough bike/run brick sessions.

 

Here’s my simple take on things.

 

The idea of the bike/run brick session is to get your legs used to running off the bike and to help eliminate that heavy/jelly leg feeling when you start running. The more bike/run brick sessions you perform, the quicker your body learns to switch on your leg muscles that have been dormant whilst you’ve been on your bike.

 

So once you’ve been running for 10 minutes, and everything is awake and firing like it should be, your bike/run brick sessions have done their job and you’re into running mode.

 

Anything that happens after those initial 10 minutes is not going to be down to lack of bike/run brick training.

 

Coach Pat.

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