One of my training goals this winter is to refocus on my aerobic base. Looking back on this past year of racing, there were some definite high points – won my age group once and made the podium three other times. But I know there’s room to improve. In both 70.3 races this year – […]Read more "Back to Basics: The Importance of a Strong Aerobic Base"
Beep. Beep. Beep. Like an inconvenient alarm clock, the Garmin heart rate monitor watch on your wrist alerts you that you are now out of your target heart rate zone. As if conditioned, you ease up. Moments later, the familiar beep sounds once again. And as you’ve done each previous time, you slow your pace […]Read more "3 Reasons to Ditch the GPS and Learn to Run-by-Feel"
Right now I’m coaching a handful of elementary school students as they tackle their summer challenge: to complete a full Ironman worth of swimming, biking, and running during the course of the summer. It’s a program by a local non-profit called CycleHealth, which promotes physical activity and health among kids through the sport of triathlon. […]Read more "What a 5th grader taught me about achieving goals"
I’m traveling at the moment. Yesterday I traversed a few time zones and landed in a city that I’ve never been to before. Now, after several hours in an uncomfortable coach class airplane seat, it’s tempting to collapse in a heap onto the bed after checking into the hotel. Instead, I like to take an […]Read more "Why the first thing you do when you get to a new city is go for a run…"
Let’s face it, we all can’t be in peak form for every training session. You break down. Whether you’re fatigued from accumulated intensity/volume, lack of sleep, job stress, family stress, or a few poor nutrition choices, you feel like it’s a slog just to complete the session. And this doesn’t just apply to age-groupers. Plenty […]Read more "Getting past a bad training session"
One of the most important tools for any endurance athlete (not just triathletes, but runners, cyclists, and swimmers) is the training log. We document key aspects of our training so we can track them over time, and then modify our approach if we need to. Keeping a training log can provide some really useful insights […]Read more "8 Points Every Runner’s Training Log Should Include"
Swimming is all about technique. The more efficient you are in the water (i.e. the less drag you produce) the faster you’ll go. I’m not a natural swimmer. My long legs and shorter torso aren’t the ideal body type for swimming either. Nonetheless, I’ve focused a lot over the past couple years on improving my […]Read more "The one change I made to my stroke that’s made me a faster swimmer"