What are the Benefits of a Bike Fit?

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If you have never had a true bike fit before, you might be asking yourself why you might want to get one. There are three factors to consider with a bike fit: Comfort, Power production, and Aerodynamics. Finding a comfortable position should be the priority when tuning-in your bike fit. If you are not comfortable, you will not produce the …

Improve Your Swim

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“How do I get faster in the water?” As a triathlon coach, I am asked about how to make improvements in swimming more than any of the three disciplines that make up triathlon. I imagine this is the case because so many triathletes come to the sport having had little or no swimming prior to their quest to be triathletes. …

Winter Miles: How to Make Them Count

For the majority of triathletes in the Northern hemisphere, we are training in inclimate weather from November through March. It’s cold. There’s probably snow on the ground, and the daylight hours are limited. Not exactly an inspiring environment to be knocking out a bunch of breakthrough workouts. I refer to the training done this time of year as Winter Miles. …

The Standard Training Week, Pt. 3

With the endurance sessions established, defining the strength/speed sessions is next step in defining the Standard Training Week. If you have missed the two previous posts about the Standard Training Week, you can catch up here with Part 1 and Part 2. Strength & Speed sessions can be tricky, and often times athletes will over do the intensity. There’s also …

The Standard Training Week, Pt. 2

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I began this series about the Standard Training Week with an overview of my thoughts on how and why we need to build a standard week of training. In this newsletter I will go into greater detail on how to build a Standard Training Week for yourself. In this, Part 2, we look at the longer, endurance based sessions, and how …

The Standard Training Week

To begin the series, over the next few posts, I’m going to explain my thoughts on how and why we need to build a standard week of training, which I feel should be at the core of what we do all year long. I call this (somewhat unimaginatively) a Standard Training Week. How I approach this subject is not new …

Understanding Your Focus, a Bike Workout Example

I recently had a conversation with an age-group triathlete that I coach about a bike workout that I prescribed for him. The conversation came about because he had left a comment in his training log that either the workout itself wasn’t really challenging him as much as we had intended or he was not executing the workout properly. Here is …

Does Compression Gear Work?

Part of our coaching service is helping the athletes we coach find the right gear. Since a lot of the athletes we coach are looking for simple and somewhat inexpensive ways to make performance gains, one of the most frequently asked questions about gear revolves around the use of compression garments. “Should I wear compression socks during my race?” “Will …

Wednesday Night Time Trial Series 2012 No. 4

This article is the final installment of my self analysis from the Wednesday Night Time Trial Series, held annually, and produced by the great folks at Colorado Endurance Sports. Check out the first, second, and third TT analyses of the series for details on how the race progressed over first three weeks of the four week series. WNTT Series #4 …

Case Study: Kona Preparation, Part 1

The data from this study focuses on a female elite age-group level athlete, 25 years of age. Her disciplinary strength in triathlon is cycling, while her greatest limiter in the sport is swimming. Her running ability is not a particular strength nor weakness overall, however it is adequate relative to her competition. The primary objective for this athlete in 2012 …