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 …

Bike Trainer Workouts, 2013

Last year about this time, we began posting a series of bike workouts that could be done either on a trainer or rollers, or even out on the road for those lucky enough to live in a warmer climate in the winter months. The idea is that with shorter days and generally colder weather in the Norther Hemisphere, it’s nice …

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 …

Pies and Tris: Surviving and Thriving this Holiday

Holiday time is here, and with it come the treats and feasts of the season. Some folks began as early as Halloween, snacking on the never-diminishing candy stash. Others have social events or obligations every week until January. Many throw all caution to the wind, vowing to take control back come the New Year. And then there are the committed …