Travel Alert June 2019

During June 2019 the Railway Bridge on Gypsy Patch Lane will be closed to all vehicles in both directions.  This is likely to cause travel disruption around the area.  Diversion routes will be in place via Aztec West and the A38/Bradley Stoke Way.  We have been advised that access to Station Road and the clinic will remain from Gypsy Patch Lane from Bradley Stoke/Winterbourne end.  Those traveling from the A38 will need to exit at the Patchway exit slip road from the A38 and travel along Little stoke lane and Clay Lane to arrive at the clinic.

Please allow more time to travel to your appointment during this time and check local travel information.

The Physio Clinic Bristol

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Triathlon Coaching – Running Off The Bike

Anyone who has ever competed in (or trained for) a triathlon or duathlon knows the horrendous feeling of heaviness in the quads and the jelly legs as you leave the bike rack and enter the run.

Your free-flowing running gait, which was the hallmark of your style when you ran fresh, becomes nothing more than a pathetic and painful shuffle as you struggle to maintain contact with those with whom three minutes earlier you were riding shoulder-to-shoulder.


We have all been there! Take heart: there is hope. By undertaking a couple of practices and incorporating them into your normal training regimen, you can improve your running off the bike.


So what’s happening in your body? Well, it’s a clever machine. Firstly, it will automatically direct blood to where it’s needed. Unfortunately you use different muscles when you ride than when you run. In fact you experience what sports scientists call a vasodilatory effect – or shunting – to the capillaries and the blood vessels which are servicing blood to the muscles. What this means is that blood is not able to get to the running muscles (calves especially) quick enough. As a result, your legs feel heavy and weird as a consequence.


Secondly, your muscles will respond to any demands put on them. In short, an athlete who isn’t practised in the art of transitioning will be slower and less efficient to respond. When you are riding your brain is telling your body to act in a peddling motion for cycling. Quite simply, you do not give your body enough time to respond to the new command when you get off the bike and start to run.


During training, incorporate at least one “brick” session into each week’s schedule. By definition, a brick session means a ride followed immediately with a run. This will force your legs to get used to firing the appropriate neural pathways and shunting blood from previously active to previously inactive muscles a lot quicker, without the pressure of competition.


When considering bricks in your programme, think about the aim of your session. If you’re just trying to get your legs used to running after a heavy bike ride, then this can be done weekly by a short run off a longer bike ride. If you want to maintain or develop race pace through the run, then higher intensity bike/run repeats could be the order of the day. In this case you may wish to use it as one of your high-intensity sessions of the week and provide suitable rest and recovery both before and after the session.


Brick sessions

The following sessions are designed for athletes looking to improve their bike-run performance at their goal race distance…


Sprint triathlete

Target: To deliver a good-paced run from the start.

Duration: 1:15hrs (including a 10min warm-up and 10min cool-down).

Focus: 4 x [5min bike at race pace, 3min race-pace run, 5min easy spin]. Get into your race pace on the run quickly. When running hard off the bike, drive relaxed arms to get legs moving quickly.


Olympic triathlete

Target: To run strongly despite having a tiring body.

Duration: 2:15hrs including 15min warm-up and 10min cool-down.

Focus: 20min run (steady)/30min bike (hard)/15min run (moderate)/30min bike (hard)/10min run (hard).


Middle distance

Target: Develop and improve running off the bike at race pace.

Duration: 2:10hrs including 15min warm-up and 15min cool-down.

Focus: 2 x [30min bike (15mins easy, 15mins race pace), 20min run

(3mins quick feet, 14mins race pace, 3mins just above race pace)].



Target Practise running when tired. Possibly a little out of left field for some but running when tired is an important skill for long-distance races. Adding a swim before the run not only helps the body shift blood from arms to legs but increases the session duration by adding an hour of low-impact exercise.

Duration: 3hrs.

Session: 1hr swim to 2hr run.

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Recording Your Mindset

If you’re like most athletes, I’d guess you’re keen to experience regular improvement in your endurance, speed and enjoyment of training.

So I was wondering…do you keep a training log?

It’s a widely accepted fact that keeping an ongoing summary of your workouts can shine valuable light on recurring themes and patterns that are either supporting your improvement, or preventing it.

So if you don’t, start now.

(Obviously I use Triblogs to track everything.)

And when you do store the info, what do you include?

The most common areas are distance, time, pace, heart rate and description of the workout.

Smart athletes also record how they felt, for example, things like ‘sluggish’ ‘heavy legs, avoid the curry the night before…’ or ‘really good and light on my feet’.

But those that make the most steady improvements, that overcome ‘plateaus’ and shake bad habits quickly, also track their mindset from each session.

I would encourage you to do the same, starting now.

Here are 3 ways to build awareness of the pattern of your mindset and its impact on your experience.

1. Nature of your thoughts – were they more positive, more neutral or more negative?

Triathlon training is often a time to escape other parts of life and our mind uses this time away to think things through. But if you bring stress, worries, a massive to-do list into the pool or road, that is like wearing ankle weights. Without realizing it your posture, effort and technique is likely to be suboptimal and you end up feeling extra drained at the end of the session.

Even if you do have challenges in your life, you always have the choice to be fully present in your workout and focused on making it a positive session.

2. Direction of your thoughts – was your mind going to distractions or performance cues? What were you focusing on?

It’s ok to let your mind wander somewhat but if you never direct your attention to how you’re executing, do you think you will improve as much as you can?

Stay engaged in your workout, set goals for each workout and have a plan to make it a great one! Obviously sometimes it’s really worth going out to escape life – we all do it. But make sure that the majority of sessions are done with an aim in mind, training toward a particular goal.

3. Number of thoughts – was your mind racing or was it fairly calm? How much mental energy were you expending in that workout?

When you catch yourself rushing in your mind or becoming overloaded with thoughts, gently bring your focus back to the purpose of the session and keep a nice steady breathing rhythm. Avoid the habit of checking your watch every minute and instead use your training to clear your mind, to release tension and enjoy the time you have.

Performance Matrix: Should you be screened?

The Performance Matrix Clinic Poster

We are the only clinic in the South West to offer Performance Matrix Screening & re-training.

The Performance Matrix is the most accurate and powerful screening system available for individuals and athletes wanting to improve movement efficiency, optimise musculoskeletal health, reduce injury risk and enhance performance.

Such is our passion for sport, we don’t want to you to get injured.

Yes, we can help when you are injured but why not take a fresh look & be proactive instead of reactive.

This is the best way to help identify risks & use specialist exercise to prevent injury & increase your own performance

TRX Training Now Available

Here is an offer that we will be running from now until the 31st of May 2013.


TRX MASTER CLASS– make sure that you are using the TRX or any other Suspended Training Aid the right way & getting the most out of your session.


This can be done 1-2-1 or 2-2-1 at the same price of only £15.00


What you get:

–           A total body work-out program

–          The instruction of how to do it properly


To book your session, please call 01454 85 44 66 & book with Matt stating TRX

Sports Massage- do you know the benefit?

Sports Massage

We now have both male & female therapist offering Sports Massage here at the clinic as well as a new Saturday clinic, from 10am (alternate weekends)

Do you know the benefits of regular Sports Massage?

If you did, would you not be looking after your body more. Make sure it gets the treatment it deserves…

Why not have a look at our Sports Massage page:

Rock Tape

For all the guys & girls that we have used tape on. If you liked it & found it helped- get down to the Tri Shop & stock up.




Did you know…

By the time that we get thirsty we’re already 1-2% dehydrated, meaning that our body has lost 1-2kg of fluids.

Fluid levels are vital when training so try this-
Weigh yourself before your training session, keep a record of what your drink during the session.
The total amount that you have sweated can then be worked out.

This is the difference in your boady weight plus the amaount of fluids you have taken in.

1kg = 1ltr of fluid.

Your goal is to finish your session the same weight that you starte.

Try this and let us know what you think.

Men should aim to drink 2.5lts per day and ladies slightly less (this is without training).

10% OFF @ Runners Need Bristol

Runners Need have teamed up with The Physio Clinic to offer clients at 10% Discount on any items brought in store.

Runners Need are situated inside Snow & Rock at Filton Roundabout.

This offer is available to new & existing clients.

Simply come into the clinic and ask a member of staff for your Discount Card!!!

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