>1) Isolated leg training - Has anyone used this? Did it help? Suggestions
>for better workouts? Cadence with one leg?
Yes, I've tried it. On rollers or a turbo-trainer, it seemed to help
me pedal rotation feel smoother. It probably makes you a better bikie,
but I didn't see any results for a time-trial application. It builds
up more lactate tolerance for me than strength. If you want leg strength,
ride hills and lift weights.
>2) Swimming - I have a very unbalanced stroke. I learned to breathe on my
>right side. My right shoulder/elbow work properly as far as mechanics are
>concerned, but the left one is a problem-child. My girlfriend (an excellent
>swimmer) has prescribed several specific exercises: one arm stroke drills,
>kicking (my nemesis), alternate breathing left/right, dry land "stretch cord"
>Any more suggestions?
Have you tried what she has suggested? Did it help? There are a number
of stroke drills for all sorts of stroke problems. Have you swum with
hand paddles? If your shoulders can tolerate it, it makes it really
obvious where your stroke is going wrong. Have you swum with a Masters
team with a coach to watch you (and yell at you if you do it wrong :-) ?
>I typically have difficulty maintaining pace in a long distance swim in the
>pool. In a race I usually fare much better. Any tips?
Swim in a pool with a pace clock at one end. Check your splits every 100.
Start out easy for 300 or so, then start mentally noting your splits per
100. When your splits for 2 consecutive 100s are more than 5 seconds off
your split for your 4th 100, stop and rest and start the whole thing over.
You should be able to comfortably swim over a mile at a constant pace.
(One of my favorite workouts is to swim a 2000 making sure that each 400
is *faster* than the previous one. But that's so boring that I only do it
once every other week or so.)
I think the adrenaline and the competition is what sustains you in races.
You generally have neither in a pool.
>3) Why don't triathlons go swim - bike - drink a beer?
They do. Only there's a 10k in there somewhere.