Why Recovery is Important

“Keep your easy days easy and your hard days hard.” This is the mantra of coaches around the world in many different sports. If you have been doing triathlon for a long time you will have heard your coach or…

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SIMULATING OPEN WATER IN THE POOL

According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), 123 million American live in counties that have a coastline. Yet while Hawaii, Florida, and California might have waters you can jump into on a semi regular basis, Oregon and Alaska tend…

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The Loss of a Friend and a Return to Kona

For many athletes, using a coach is a way to get more out of themselves and to give their best effort to the sport they love. But sometimes, the coach/athlete relationship evolves into a friendship and over time, that friendship…

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Featured Athlete of the Month June 2018: Monica Stratton

Monica Stratton has a diverse athletic background, but triathlon has become her passion. She balances her time between a physically demanding job, caring for her father, and finding the time to train. The Sacramento native now calls San Diego home…

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So You Wanna Be An Ironman … Or Five Things to Consider Before Jumping Up to A New Race Distance

So You Wanna Be An Ironman … (OR: Five Things to Consider Before Jumping Up to A New Race Distance) It’s that time of year: your friends‘ Strava feeds are exploding, social media is clogged with finisher photos and race…

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

My wife told me that she’d gone to see a doctor because she gets a sharp pain in her eye whenever she drinks coffee with cream. I asked, “What did the doctor say?” She replied that the doctor told her…

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Triathlon Minute, Episode 111 – 2 Tips to Control Your Breathing on Race Day

Learning to control your breath during a race is critical to your performance as well as your overall enjoyment.  Coach Alison has a tip for each the swim and run to help you bring your breath under control which will…

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Featured Athlete of the Month June 2018: Nic Cumings

This month’s featured athlete of the month Nic Cumings is like many triathletes- balancing work and family with the demands of training for triathlons when he can. The former Marine is married with three kids and has the physically and…

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Going Old School: Training by R.P.E.

Throughout the history of triathlon we have seen many advances in various aspects of our sport – equipment, apparel, nutrition, training protocols, racing formats, etc. With the onset of heart rate monitors, GPS devices, power meters (for both bike and…

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6 Aspects of Triathlon to Master for a Long Career

26 years in the sport is not that long compared to some, but at 72 years of age I am part of a rapidly shrinking number of old geezers. It made me think last year of how many of my…

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IRONMAN BOULDER 2017 – Coach’s Perspective: 16 Tips for Race Day Success

THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH INFORMATION FOR THE 2018 COURSE (even though the title of the article says 2017). Boulder is the perfect place for an Ironman, of course!  It’s home to some of the fastest professional and age group…

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read

Did you know that we have limited evidence for a lot of mainstream applications such as taping, cupping and even stretching? Sometimes evidence is conflicting. Sometimes evidence is lacking because the “thing” is still in its infancy and needs to…

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Triathlon Minute, Episode 110 – Transition Bag Must Haves

Do you have these in your transition bag?  Seasoned racer Coach Julie Dunkle includes these in her transition bag.

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Racing in Adverse Weather

The alarm goes off. It’s race morning. You’ve been training consistently for months your hydration and nutrition are dialed in, and you’re ready to go. Except for one slight hurdle, a cold front has moved in overnight, and it’s 42…

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Pick Your Perfect Training Camp

Kids camp is fun, no rules, staying up late, flashlight tag, eating crappy food, getting dirty, making new friends and creating memories for life….. Triathlon camp is all about rules, going to bed as early as you can because you…

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