• How To Train Like A Pro With Claire Steels

    Claire Steels Training Session heart rate data

    Claire Steels is a professional duathlete and has a World Champion title to her name. She gives Sundried a snapshot of a training session along with all the stats and data so you can see what it's really like to train as a pro.

    Training Session

    2 x (10 x 10 seconds effort : 50 seconds recovery)

    The majority of the training I have done on the bike is for TT (time trial) type efforts, however as I am looking to move into road racing I need to develop a bit more explosive power.

    This sessions was aimed at developing such power and improving my sprint speed.

    Short, sharp efforts with a longer recovery sounds okay, but by the end of the set the 50 seconds recovery feels far too short!

    I did this session on the Wattbike and then uploaded the data to Strava.

    The screenshots attached show my speed, heart rate and then the last shot shows speed, heart rate, power and cadence.

    Speed, power and cadence are fairly consistent across all of the efforts, although they drop a little towards the end. Heart rate spikes for each of the efforts but also gradually increases across the whole session.

    I find sessions like this challenging and frustrating but in a strange way it means I enjoy them more! Weird I know!

    Posted by Guest Reviewer
  • 3 Ways Anyone Can Get Involved In Fitness

    National Fitness Day BBC Sundried UK Sport

    Today is National Fitness Day, so to celebrate we're sharing with you 3 ways that absolutely anyone can get involved - for free!

    1. Parkrun

    Taking part in your local Parkrun is a great way to get into fitness for the first time, surrounded by local friendly faces who are all there for the same reason. Parkrun is free for everyone and is an organised 5k run around your local park starting at 9am every Saturday. There is a nifty barcode system which means you get an official time whenever you run and this can motivate you to improve your fitness and get a better time. On the other hand, it's also just a great excuse to take a stroll or a jog on a Saturday morning and make new friends.

    2. Find A Running Club

    Joining your local running club can be a really easy way to get inspired and find new ways to get fit. Running is one of the most accessible sports out there as most people can do it and it's free to put on your trainers and get on the road. If you are differently abled, there is still a good chance you'll be able to get involved with your running club in some way. Running with friends or a running club can take the boredom out of it and will help keep you motivated when you're feeling uninspired. It'll also help you make new friends and find new routes in your town or city that you never even knew were there!

    3. Cycle With Friends

    This is another widely accessible sport if you have the right bike. If you cannot ride a standard bicycle, you should be able to adapt and find one that suits your needs. Cycling with friends is also free (after the cost of the bike) and can be a fantastic way of seeing new sights and finding new spots in your town or city. It is another social way to get fit that doesn't really feel like you're having to work too hard! You can push to make big changes to your body or you can go at your own pace and let the results come in time. It's all up to you!

    National Fitness Day aims to make fitness more accessible for everyone. Let us know what fitness means to you by tweeting us @Sundried with the hashtag #Fitness2Me. The best will get featured!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Changing To A Barefoot Running Style

    Changing to a barefoot running style Sundried

    The reason I started looking into barefoot running was the reason that most of us do, and that's injury prevention. Historically I have tried running; I've tried training for the London marathon, I've tried running 10k, but the result was always the same. Bad knees, tight IT bands, and eventually injury. In the end, I just gave up. That was until I read about barefoot running.

    Before changing to a barefoot running style, I went to Vivo Barefoot headquarters to have my gait analysed. I ran on a treadmill barefoot and the guys checked the way I run. They claim that everyone is designed to run and it is only due to cushioned running trainers that we end up getting injured.

    Running Training with Vivo Barefoot

    The main struggle I had with barefoot running was the impact on my calves. Changing to a forefoot strike puts a lot more pressure on your calf muscles and they start to ache a lot. Like anything, you need to build up slowly. I did build up my training and I got faster and a much stronger runner.  But it was time to welcome a new running injury, shin splints. 

    So after building up working through the issues has been changed in worth it? Completely.

    Remember, changing running style will not happen overnight. This is a long, slow process.
      Posted by Daniel Puddick