Why Book a Bike Fit

  The single most effective investment you can make to enhance your overall bike performance is to get a professional bike fit. If that high-end bike you’re riding isn’t comfortable, then you aren’t optimizing the bike’s greatest features—not its aerodynamic, elongated tube shape, or slick integrated brakes and internal cable routing, not even the feather-light … Continued

Are You Metrics Obsessed?

Can training be simple and should it be? Although many of us use sport to unplug from the rest our busy, dynamic lives, we tend to stay overly “plugged in” to our metrics.  Certainly there are times to adhere to prescribed watts or paces, but when we lack an adaptive approach to training and become exclusively … Continued

Triathlon Spring Cleaning

We may have had a snowfall last week, but we’re officially into spring, and April is the perfect time to tidy up your training plan, training habits, and give your gear a scrub. Here are 5 steps to a sparkling shoulder season. 1. Tune Your Bike As you move from riding exclusively indoors on the … Continued

Make the Most of Your Training Time

Of the three disciplines triathletes train for, swimming is the most inefficient from a prep time to workout time perspective. For each swim workout, whether it be 30 minutes or 2 hours, you need to get to the venue, find parking, change, socialize, workout, shower, change, return to work, or home or elsewhere. I sometimes … Continued

Five Fast Swimming Tips

Join a master’s swim club A swim team will add consistency, varied workout intensities, competition and technical feedback to your swim training. These four elements are crucial to becoming a faster swimmer. Triathletes should look for a master’s swim team that is predominantly freestyle-based and which swims at least two times per week for an hour. Look for a coach … Continued

Swim Like the Pros Do

Chess is to checkers what the triathlon swim is to racing in a pool. While they’re both fun, chess requires knowing more game pieces and experimenting with a few more moves. The variable nature of open water ensures that there is not a silver bullet workout when it comes to developing speed. Athletes who are … Continued

Swim training: master your breathing

Breathing technique is the key to swimming fast, swimming relaxed and your buoyancy. It is the single most important technical skill that swimmers must master, and it is the skill that is most often misunderstood, poorly taught and ignored. Below, I explain how to breathe and improve your breath-holding capabilities. Here are the steps to … Continued

Make the Most of Your Training Time

Of the three disciplines triathletes train for, swimming is the most inefficient from a prep time to workout time perspective. For each swim workout, whether it be 30 minutes or 2 hours, you need to get to the venue, find parking, change, socialize, workout, shower, change, return to work, or home or elsewhere. I sometimes … Continued

Go Long: Endurance Swim Training for Ironman and Half-Ironman

If you’re training for an Ironman or half-Ironman, it’s important to include some longer swim sessions into your training program. Those should either cover cover the race distance or last as long as your projected completion time for the swim. You need to do this in order to develop your muscular endurance, your mental stamina … Continued