Try this great little software – Tangerine! It analyzes the rhythm of your music and generates you a playlist of songs which fit to your training plan. With the right beats per minute (BPM) and beat intensity of your songs you can use faster songs to become faster ;).
It’s all done in your iTunes music library. Right now the software costs around 25$.
If music is useful for your triathlon training or running training, why on earth do the organizers of races not allow to use MP3 players on the race lane? 2007 NY Marathon forbid music during the run with a lot of news headlines (one idea behind the ban is to limit tactical communication between coaches and their athletes).
No, in the winter you should not hibernate and to get some holiday pounds.
In the winter you are in the transition phase. You don’t stop training, but you have to keep a certain training level and to recover your body & soul. It’s ok to rest at Christmas and to eat some cookies. We have to train for that in sprint.
The more you do in summer, the more important is a structured training phase in the winter. The training is very general, unspecific and reduced. Who trains 3-5 times a week can keep her/his endurance efforts and prevent from injuring at the season’s start.
WARNING: In the winter with ice and snow, but also at rain you can get easily injured. Running is dangerous, but biking should be stopped at snow and ice. Change to indoor training. If you get a cold, drop your workouts!
For a proper winter training you need the proper clothing. In spring don’t forget to maintain your bike!
It’s important in the winter to do your planning for the season – „Gain speed, lose weight“