Athlete of the Month, June 2009 – Sasha Underwood

D3: Who is your coach and how long have you been working with him/her? SU:My coach is Mark Dillard and I’ve been working with him for a little over one year. D3: How do you balance your training with everything else;…

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What does Periodization mean and how does it Apply to Triathlon Training?

If you have ever wondered how the Russians were kicking our butts for three decades in sports, here is the answer. Yes, there were some Eastern Block women that looked like they could play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ‘Steel Curtain’,…

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Swim Drill: Side Kick

Right Side Kick: How: Kick on your right side, with right shoulder pointed to the sky Head: Relaxed, underwater, look at the side of the pool. Advanced itto look at the bottom, but be sure to maintain vertical shoulders when on…

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Swim Drills vs. Swim Volume

Lately there has been a lot of fuss over swim drills. With the introduction of Total Immersion a few years back, people have been saying that swim drills are the hot new thing on the market. New? They have been…

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An Athlete’s Struggle with an Eating Disorder

My journey in life will always be changed. I thought that an Ironman would change my life style, but I was wrong. All my love of racing and challenges couldn’t change the disease/disorder that I had. The only thing that…

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Athlete of the Month, November 2008 – Joe Vrablik

Need a challenge? Race a triathlon, that’s what our Athlete of the Month did. Meet Joe Vrablik! D3: What was your motivation to get started in triathlon?JV: For various reasons, my life had just hit rock bottom. I was overweight,…

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Athlete of the Month, October 2008 – Bob Seemuth

D3: Why did you become a Triathlete?BS: I had to do something! When you are 53, porky and grouchy, a frustrated Type A, action steps must be taken. I remembered Julie Moss of 1982 Kona fame, had a neighbor involved…

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Athlete(s) of the Month, September 2008 – Pat and Monica O’Connor

D3: You two met at West Point, what were your athletic endeavors then?Pat: I played Division I lacrosse all four years.Monica: I participated in intramural sports all four years. General MacArthur mandated that every cadet should be an athlete. So every cadet…

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Training for the 10k Olympic Distance Triathlon

Average Age Grouper: Fire Up the Grill!Training for the 10k Olympic Distance TriathlonBy Coach Mike Ricci Run training for an Olympic distance triathlon can be a little bit like being a chef: you need a little bit of this and…

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Triathletes and Flip Turns: Are they worth the Trouble?

The argument against doing flip turns is a strong one: You don’t do flip turns in a race! While that is a valid point and I can see the logic behind it, but I can take the same logic and…

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Athlete of the Month, August 2008

D3: Why triathlon?JP: I was a competitive swimmer from the age of 5. I stopped swimming after my freshman year in college because I had lost my edge and desire to compete. After moving to Colorado, I started mountain biking…

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POWER TRAINING BASICS AND TERMINOLOGY

Before we get into how to use a power meter, let’s talk about how to establish a baseline Functional Threshold Power (FTP). Establishing an FTP: According to the ‘Racing and Training with Power’ by Coggan and Allen, a 20 minute…

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Planning a Week in Triathlon Training

Winter time is a time for most of us to start getting back into shape and getting our fitness revved up again for the season ahead. It’s very early in the training cycle and you are months away from your…

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Turning Off Season to On Season

Off season is usually approached by two kinds of triathletes. The sit and wait until the snow melts to begin training types, or the embrace the cold and take a leap forward in fitness types athlete. This transitional period is…

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Swim Drills: Swim Slow to Go Fast!

To go fast, sometimes you have to go slow. Nowhere is this saying more applicable than in swimming. No matter how fit you are, what your LT or VO2 Max is, without proper form you will never reach your full…

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