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Hi all. Due to time and location constraints I'm forced to do all my session's solo. I'm just trying to get some tips on how to stay accountable particularly during the hard or long sessions, and was wondering if anyone has any pieces of advice for the completely solo grind. Thanks

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Trainerroad/Zwift 

Podcasts to learn while training

Swim toys to keep things interesting. Throw in IM and/or kick if you can

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99% of training I have ever done has been Solo.  

Advice - Keep it simple.  Focus on the controllables not the gadgets,  Enjoy the process. Run and ride different routes or do them in reverse.  Accountability just comes from ticking the boxes.    

Everyone is different though. 

As wise man can found alone and a weak man can be found in a crowd.

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I’ll assume bike is biggest concern? I must always have a clear structure to my sessions. If not it’s so easy to coast or cut short sessions. I upload all my ‘workoouts’ to Garmin - for me I have trouble saying no to my 520.

I personally love running solo, it’s meditative for me and I have no issues in doing what I need to do so cannot comment there. 

Swimming sucks either way.......squads are better though so good luck on that. Some really good stuff posted recently with Andrew, Zed and crew having some great workouts tips etc. 

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Due to shift work (and not really liking people) I do most of my training alone.  I'm my opinion you just have to know what has to be done for the session you are doing and make yourself accountable to achieve it. 

This served me well when I used to train. 

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1 hour ago, Fitness Buddy said:

As wise man can found alone and a weak man can be found in a crowd.

I agree with this.  But use your gadgets.  Life is boring AF without them!

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1 hour ago, lachie94 said:

Trainerroad/Zwift 

Podcasts to learn while training

Swim toys to keep things interesting. Throw in IM and/or kick if you can

This, and also posting your sessions on Strava I find makes me accountable. A lot of times when I’m half through a ride or a run and feel like stopping it’s amazibg how the thought of everyone being able to see that I quit gives me all the motivation I need to keep going.

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9 minutes ago, more said:

This, and also posting your sessions on Strava I find makes me accountable. A lot of times when I’m half through a ride or a run and feel like stopping it’s amazibg how the thought of everyone being able to see that I quit gives me all the motivation I need to keep going.

What you do is post half your session and do the rest without them knowing.  Then when the see you next they will underestimate you.  

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18 minutes ago, mhvh said:

I agree with this.  But use your gadgets.  Life is boring AF without them!

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Really.  Rather then paying to use zwift I watch and/or listen to dvds to educate myself in regards to helping others.  Nothing boring in that called being proactive 

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17 minutes ago, more said:

This, and also posting your sessions on Strava I find makes me accountable. A lot of times when I’m half through a ride or a run and feel like stopping it’s amazibg how the thought of everyone being able to see that I quit gives me all the motivation I need to keep going.

 Do 99% solo. All the above works. Also the biggest change I did heading i to Port was to make each session purposeful. Using zwift gives a really structured option for riding, and I did long rides and recovery on road. Adding Fartlek or track sessions to running. Doing drills and sets in swimming. It keeps it fresh, and when you start a session with a specific goal to accomplish, rather than just 'going for a ride' you are more likely to focus on achieving it.

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Use a power meter and/or heart rate monitor and/or GPS. It is hard to push your self when training alone.

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2 hours ago, Fitness Buddy said:

Really.  Rather then paying to use zwift I watch and/or listen to dvds to educate myself in regards to helping others.  Nothing boring in that called being proactive 

FB, that is cool.  But the dude doesn't want to train others.  He is training alone and wants to know best how to keep himself accountable.  I reckon that using Strava, GPS, Power Metre and whatever else you have at your disposal makes it more fun and at the same time helps keep you accountable to yourself. 

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5 hours ago, japay1 said:

Hi all. Due to time and location constraints I'm forced to do all my session's solo. I'm just trying to get some tips on how to stay accountable particularly during the hard or long sessions, and was wondering if anyone has any pieces of advice for the completely solo grind. Thanks

You can post in our What Training You Did Today - pre & post. Trannies will keep you accountable 

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Zwift, Trainer Road, good old fashioned intervals without them and running find ok solo. Swimming can get it done, find it harder to swim as well or fast without people to push. That is more than mental, it is the benefit of swimming with faster people

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8 minutes ago, Fitness Buddy said:

What did people before zwift and strava.   The mind boggles

Dude it’s not the 80s anymore. The worlds moved on... you’ve had you’re say on this over and over and all it’s doing is hurting your credibility. We get it, you don’t like this stuff and that’s ok. Each to their own.

They are very good tools for a lot of people and if it’s what makes them train better then it’s great. It’s an individual thing and each to their own. People do things differently, where all wired differently and technology is what some people need to get the job done. 

Maybe you need to be more accepting of this way of thinking and doing things? I know I’ve had to learn and adapt my way of thinking in the last 12 years coaching I’ve even embraced  a lot of tech because it definitely aids better performance  

 

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14 minutes ago, Fitness Buddy said:

What did people before zwift and strava.   The mind boggles

The trainer without zwift and strava is fine. Zwift makes it more interesting and easier to work harder as you get feedback all the time.

Some people don't need that. Strava is less useful and think it has some factors that are bad for training. Segments driving gaming behaviour and people being dishonest. Not a great training aid

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41 minutes ago, Fitness Buddy said:

What did people before zwift and strava.   The mind boggles

How did people complain about technology online before they invented the internet. The mind boggles ;)

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27 minutes ago, willie said:

Dude it’s not the 80s anymore. The worlds moved on... you’ve had you’re say on this over and over and all it’s doing is hurting your credibility. We get it, you don’t like this stuff and that’s ok. Each to their own.

They are very good tools for a lot of people and if it’s what makes them train better then it’s great. It’s an individual thing and each to their own. People do things differently, where all wired differently and technology is what some people need to get the job done. 

Maybe you need to be more accepting of this way of thinking and doing things? I know I’ve had to learn and adapt my way of thinking in the last 12 years coaching I’ve even embraced  a lot of tech because it definitely aids better performance  

 

I get you but the whole ****ing reliance on technology is amazing.  We still need to be able to connect with the real world which many can't.  Hence why so much mental issues today.  Gadgets are a great tool but so is your body.  How much time do people invest in that.  

We constantly hear about my gps didn't work, battery went flat, it ruined my race.  

Honestly how many people actually go out and swim bike or run without a device. Athletes need to reconnect with themselves don't become solely reliant on the gadgets which many do.  

Out of interest how many times do you (athletes) look at your watch when you run? 

IMO the sport only attracts the wealthy because they look at others and think they need all this fancy shit.  

Having been to schools during summer with TRI VIC when you asked the kids had they done a kids tri before there wasn't many hands up and those who did were generally those with fit bits on their wrists.  

Rather then creating a sport which is about fitness and a healthy lifestyle we have created a commercial enterprise based around how much money you can spend to look the part.  

Interestingly I offered some free training for some athletes on a FB private page.  Not one taker.  But if I offered a free garmin I would of been swamped.  We have become obessed with buying not creating.  

 

 

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Like it or not, welcome to the world today!  Maybe it'll be our ruination, maybe it won't.  There were plenty of mental issues before tech came into our worlds.

I have been a constant example that you can do this without a lot of money in today's age!  Basically not that dissimilar to what a lot of these guys were doing in the 90's (is that really that old) and they were fast when tri was still tough.  Turn up to a BRW (or what ever the corporate tri is called this year) and see the kmart mountain bikes and helmets on backwards etc.  Remember, this site is filled with only one little portion of the tri market - and in a lot of cases it's those that do wanna take things to the next level!  And many are willing to pay for it.

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And I'll add, hats off to any of ya's who can train solo - I hate it.  But my training time is my social time and sitting on the trainer, I worry about answering the voices in my head.

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31 minutes ago, more said:

How did people complain about technology online before they invented the internet. The mind boggles ;)

Letters to the Editor!

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I only train solo, not that anyone is chasing my times ;) I enjoy the alone time and somewhere in there you get to train the voices that come up in the dark times of a race.

I have found zwift helpful for structuring my sessions, in particular longer ones when I'd usually have the tendency to "take it easy, this is longer". 

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1 hour ago, Fitness Buddy said:

What did people before zwift and strava.   The mind boggles

Generally trained in groups...

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