Why EASY workouts are so important & why you should do more of them

Why EASY workouts are so important & why you should do more of them

Why EASY workouts are so important & why you should do more of them

     Having been an endurance coach for 16 years now, by far the most difficult aspect of my job has been to convince athletes that you get faster by going slower. The athletes that fully buy into this concept are the ones that have much more long term success from sprint triathlons to ultra-marathons and IRONMAN

Become A Better Athlete During Post Season - Part III

Become A Better Athlete During Post Season - Part III

Become A Better Athlete During Post Season - Part III: Training Niggles

As we go through the season we can develop niggling injuries such as little hotspots in our knee, hip, feet, low back, shoulder etc. We tend to ignore those symptoms and adapt to deal with them even though we are not a 100%. Use the post season to resolve injuries and be diligent about your treatment.

Taking Care of Unfinished Business - IM Lake Placid

Taking Care of Unfinished Business - IM Lake Placid

Taking Care of Unfinished Business - IM Lake Placid

A year and one week ago I should have been completing my third Ironman triathlon in Lake Placid, New York. Alas, it was not meant to be, after months of hard training, a bike accident five weeks before race day ended with a broken collarbone and shattered dreams.

Diet Periodization

Diet Periodization

Diet Periodization

 Timing of Food Intake Based on Training Cycles

     Training periodization is designed to break your training down into small portions to better specify and customize your goals. This is a common term for many athletes. As training schedules are being built in their varying macro cycles throughout the year, the periodization of our nutrition is oftentimes being disregarded. This next several paragraphs will discuss diet periodization and the impact of training on our body’s substrate utilization and the change from one training block or event to the next.

The Busy Athlete - An Oxymoron?

The Busy Athlete - An Oxymoron?

The Busy Athlete - An Oxymoron? 

          The busy athlete, wait a moment…we are all busy and the word “busy” is more of an oxymoron nowadays. We challenge you to find someone that claims they’re “not busy” and doubt that you will be able to come across such an individual.  Add some training sessions into your schedule like the familiar “swim/bike/run” workouts and many athletes are juggling a pretty hectic schedule. In addition, most would like to improve their performance without compromising health, family, friends and work. How do you do it without feeling guilty when you missed a workout, cut it short for other commitments, or did not read the fine print in the description because you were in a hurry? How do you best direct these conversations in your head?

Pacing

Pacing

Pacing

          Pacing is one critical part in a triathlon. This blog will focus on pacing during the bike section. The approach varies based on the race distance, terrain, time of the year, weather/race conditions, experience level, and mental toughness/readiness/approach. As mentioned in the first sentence, we are referring to a triathlon, indicating that this is not a standalone event. When pacing the bike, you must keep the entire race in mind and not the bike by itself.