Zwift: Tool or Toy?

Several years ago when Zwift was new, I did a one-week trial and decided that it was interesting, but not for me.  I do my fair share of indoor training and had been pretty satisfied with my “serious” indoor tools…

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Reinventing Your Pain Cave

For the 20 years we’ve lived in our current house, I’ve had a small but functional pain cave set up in a dark corner of the basement. Over the years, I’ve tinkered and added equipment but it has remained a…

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Aero, Part II: an Aerodynamic Shrug

In July, I shared an article highlighting a conversation I had with Jesse Frank, Human Performance Engineer at the Specialized Win Tunnel, and shared his Top 8 recommendations to achieve better aerodynamics.  This follow-up article goes deep on a simple…

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Learn To Train And Race By Feel

We triathletes sure love our gadgets.  We have power meters to measure our bike and run efforts.  We measure and record our strokes per lap, RPM and cadence.    While these tools can be useful to help us understand our…

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Heads Are Not Aero

If you’re taking your aero advice from random social media posts or perhaps worse, the forum of a certain triathlon-related website, pay attention to what follows!  Jesse Frank, Human Performance Engineer at the Specialized Win Tunnel, dropped some knowledge on…

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Bike Trainers

A useful tool for the majority of the triathlete community is the stationary bike trainer. The stationary trainer has become a great alternative to riding in congested traffic areas, dangerous weather conditions, and global pandemics. Trainers are an effective tool…

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Bike Skills: Safety

In the world of triathlon racing and training, bike handling is a must-have for improved performance. No, this might not raise your threshold, but with proper bike handling skills, you will be safer, develop more confidence and you can become…

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This is a Good Time to Experiment!

If there ever was a time to do some experimenting with your training or other aspects of the multisport life this is it. The idea is not new and you almost certainly see suggestions like this at the end of…

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Winter Workout Ideas

I have personally been using my treadmill more and more lately. Partly due to cold temps and early mornings, and partly due to convenience. Treadmill running can provide a few benefits including a little more cushion for all the miles…

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Remember These Tips When Riding in Traffic

Cycling is a beautiful part of our sport. It can be liberating and adventurous but unfortunately, at times, dangerous. Thankfully we have choices to ride inside with Zwift, TrainerRoad, or just on the trainer. But how do we keep ourselves…

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THE COUNTERBALANCE TO USING ZWIFT

Not too long ago, I would hop on my bike trainer, my very expensive fluid trainer, and ride. I would watch Sports Center, or a movie, or reruns of Ironmans and Tour de France races. I would count down the…

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Musings from a Data Geek: Two Things to Ignore, Two Things to Watch

I am a big time data geek. Not in a casual, “I like numbers” kind of way, it’s more of an, “I love physics” kind of way. So I definitely get into the data when I review my athletes’ training…

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3 Workouts For Motivation in the “Off Season”

Most triathletes have a long season of training and racing and after the last big race, you hopefully took a nice break.  I like my athletes to take 2-3 weeks of unstructured movement.  No scheduled swim bike run in Training…

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Triathlon Minute, Episode 108, Mix Up Your Bike Cadence

Are you a masher or a spinner?  Coach Jim explains the importance of mixing up your bike cadence during training and how the different efforts will help improve your cycling.

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“Secret” Bike Training: Commuting

In recent years, I’ve done a lot of commuting by bike.  In general, I love being on the bike and riding to and from work provides a great preparation/decompression buffer between work and home.  In the mornings, I think through…

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