Completing an IRONMAN or Half IRONMAN Triathlon is truly an incredible goal. Anyone can do it, if they commit to the training, but there are a few things you should consider before signing up.
Hiring a triathlon coach is becoming the “norm” among age/amateur group triathletes. An EXPERIENCED COACH can make a HUGE difference by helping you avoid stupid pitfalls (regardless of the athletes experience) and ultimately get you to the start line fit and ready to rock on race day.
With the increased demand for triathlon coaches, there are more “coaches” and options to choose from than ever before. So, how do you decide which triathlon coach is right for you and who you will entrust with your time, money and goals?
When it comes to training for a triathlon (or run race or ANYTHING), stress followed by recovery equals a stronger and fitter athlete. As such, stress needs to be managed throughout training in order to reap results. However, stress is not mutually exclusive to “training stress” and therefore many age group athletes screw this up.
Have you ever tried to swim laps in the pool and felt completely “gassed” after only 1 or 2 lengths? If you answered, ‘yes,’ you are not alone. This feeling is likely NOT indicative of a lack of fitness, but rather an undeveloped breathing rhythm.
Learning to breathe properly while swimming freestyle is one of the most difficult things for new triathletes/swimmers to master. It takes time to master and the time it takes is different for everyone. Frequency (not duration) in the pool (i.e. 3, 4, 5+ days per week) and working with an experienced coach will help speed up the process. However, it’s important to be patient and not become frustrated. Once one gets the hang of it, their “swim curve” takes off!
Below are a few helpful tricks I have learned while working with triathletes over the last decade who are trying to learn how to breathe properly while swimming.
Mid season Team BBQ / Finishers Party.
It’s time to get together and celebrate all of our hard work and accomplishments to date. Come on out for a FUN time with the Team.
Check email for full details and please RSVP. Entire family is welcome!
Saturday, Aug. 16th; 2-6pm
Open water swimming is a unique experience. For many, it may feel like the only thing similar between swimming in the open water and a pool is that the water is wet.
There’s no black line to follow and often you’re staring down into a dark bottomless body of water.
All of this and a long list of additional reasons is why we regularly help athletes who struggle with open water nerves overcome anxiety. Most of the time, it’s about learning proper open water technique and building up the athletes confidence. It’s all about guiding them along their journey as they become more experienced and comfortable in this environment.
Below I will walk through a proven progression that has helped a countless number of triathletes overcome open water swim nerves.
For most of us, triathlon and endurance sports in general is a journey. It’s a journey of self exploration and self improvement.
How far can I go? How fast can I become? How can I push the limits of what I once assumed was impossible?
Short on time to train? Not interested in hiring a triathlon coach? Below is an easy way to improve and come closer to nailing your race & achieving your goals by doing a little post race homework.
It is widely known that ROKA wetsuits are the world’s FASTEST, MOST INNOVATIVE & MOST LOVED wetsuit.
ROKA is the official wetsuit of IRONMAN and has been RTA Triathlon’s wetsuit sponsor since 2015. This year we will expand our relationship by offering FREE ROKA WETSUIT DEMO at our June 12th Open Water Swim Clinic in Oakland, NJ.
Regular performance tests within triathlon training are a critical piece to any training program. It doesn’t matter what the sport or activity you are trying to improve, the old adage holds true, “what gets measured, gets improved.”
In our first article on this topic, we discussed the importance of testing within triathlon. We briefly covered:
We will now discuss how we use the data from the test results and how you can do the same.
RTA Triathlon coached athlete, Jim Williamson, recently slashed 1:00 minute off of his 500 yard swim test. This equates to 0:12 seconds per 100 yards AND a time SAVINGS of 4:14 over a 1.2 mile half IRON-distance swim or 8:28 minutes over a 2.4 mile IRON-distance swim. Needless to say, this is SIGNIFICANT!
Jim did this in only 8 weeks.
Here are the 5 things he did and what you can do to SHAVE TIME off of your next triathlon swim split.
Hiring a triathlon coach is becoming more and more common among triathletes. There are a ton of considerations and a lot of options when deciding who to hire, but one is most important. THE most important component in triathlon coaching is the COMMUNICATION between coach and athlete.
If you’re coach is a good communicator you will do well. If she’s an exceptional communicator, you’ll do REALLY well! It’s not just about the coach telling the athlete what to do. A good coach makes time for their athletes, encourages communication and listens to their athletes.
Good communication sounds simple. It sounds like common sense. However, there’s a lot that goes into communicating well and it’s not all on your coach.
On race day, jitters and nerves tend to peak. One way to deal with this is by promising yourself, you’re simply going to do your best.
The “butterfly” feeling is normal and expected. If you don’t get this feeling pre race, it may be time to find a different challenge.
Most athletes have a goal for each race. Whether you have a time goal, want to place in your age group or merely finish the race, we all tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves.
For your next event, remember this:
It doesn’t matter what part of the triathlon season you’re in, making a list helps make race morning a thoughtless process.
If you think this is silly, most athletes are scattered brained the night before and day of a race. By being prepared and eliminating extra thinking, you will alleviate any extra stress.
Some triathletes have 1 swim pace. Many triathletes have 2 swim paces. Far fewer have at least 3 swim paces or zones. Being able to establish and hold different paces while swimming is critical to executing various swim workouts and becoming a better swimmer.
Recently, through our 1 on 1 swim sessions, we have been helping several triathletes become better at varying their speed and output in the water. While most find it challenging at first, with a little practice, athletes quickly become more in touch with their swim pacing & control.
Below we will suggest a few ways to gain more control of how you swim as it relates to pacing.