Author Archives: Chris Kaplanis

Chris Kaplanis is the co-founder and assistant head coach at Ridgewood Tri Athlete (RTA), a multisport coaching business and triathlon club based in New Jersey. RTA works with athletes from across the country, offering a variety of services to get you faster, fitter and on track to successfully accomplish your goals. Chris is a professional triathlon coach. He is USA Triathlon Level 2 Endurance, USA Cycling Level 2 & USA Track & Field certified coach.


09.12.2017

Each year Team RTA organizes Team Races. They are always a BLAST!

This year one of our Team Races was the inaugural IRONMAN Lake Placid 70.3. The beautiful yet challenging course set in the Adirondacks mountains did not disappoint. 

Team RTA had 30+ athletes racing which made it a lot of fun. With nearly 100 RTA athletes & supporters on hand we had an incredible pre race dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid. It was the perfect pre race gathering.

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09.06.2017

Bad Race?

 

Did you just have a bad race?

Congrats and welcome to the club.

Bad races happen to everyone occasionally. However, if you manage this unfortunate experience properly and stay motivated, there’s a good chance it will be the precursor to your next PR.

That being said, stop sulking and stop making excuses. Pick your chin up and put on your game face. Below we will go through a process to help you learn from your bad race, stay motivated and get you on track to PR your next race.

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07.24.2017

Why am I NOT getting faster?

As a professional triathlon coach, this is a question I am often asked.

Athletes usually see serious performance gains the first 1-3 years in triathlon. The constant improvement makes racing a ton of fun. Then their performance plateaus.

Below we will discuss 6 reasons why you may not be getting faster and how you can break through and continue improving.

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06.05.2017

Each year Team RTA organizes Team Races. They are always a BLAST!

Rev3 Quassy is always a favorite and this year was no different as we had ~40 athletes racing.

Rev3 is an outstanding organization and Quassy is ideal location for a race and a great place to bring the entire family.

Rev3 Quassy offers multiple distance races including an AquaBike and a Kids Triathlon.

Below is a video recap. We hope you enjoy!

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05.17.2017

Will you be race ready?

A proper taper is one of the keys to a great performance. It is the final piece to the puzzle as it relates to training for a triathlon (or any race). If executed properly, the taper phase will allow your body to heal up, absorb fitness and be fresh for race day.

Have you ever finished a race and felt like your results did NOT reflect your current fitness and overall training efforts? Below we will discuss what, why and how to taper like a pro.

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04.29.2017

Needless to say, no triathlete or cyclist enjoys getting a flat tire while riding or racing on their bicycle. Sometimes it’s just back luck, but other times it can be prevented. 

 

Here’s a simple precaution you can take prior to riding to help reduce the risk of getting flatting. It takes 2 minutes. This is especially a NO BRAINER before EACH RACE.

 

Follow this 3 step process before your next ride.

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04.20.2017

Becoming a better swimmer is a process. It takes time and it usually doesn’t happen over night. However, there are definitely a few ways to speed up the process.

 

We regularly get the question, “What and how long will it take… for me to learn how to swim (or improve my current swimming ability)?”

 

To help answer this question, we thought it would be fun to highlight one particular athlete whom we have been working with most recently. We’ll discuss the stroke improvements made, speed gains earned and the time it took to accomplish this.

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04.19.2017

At RTA Triathlon, private swim instruction is by far the most popular among triathletes interested in 1 on 1 coaching sessions.

 

Over the years we have helped 100’s of triathletes become better swimmers. We have worked with complete beginners up through USAT All Americans. Everyone has room to improve, … if they want to.

 

Below we’ll offer a few commonalities we have seen over the years among athletes looking to become better swimmers… and how to accomplish this in the least amount of time possible.

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04.11.2017

Swim,… bike… AND run training!?!? And work! And Family! AND everything else in life! How the heck does one manage all of this? Welcome to the world of being a triathlete. ;)

 

Triathlon training can certainly be a plate-full for most people, BUT IT CAN BE DONE. Below we will discuss considerations you should make prior to the start of training as well as strategies to better manage the time you do have and how to maximize it.

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04.07.2017

Triathlon and Swimming

It’s no secret that swimming is a major barrier to the sport of triathlon. Perhaps you can “swim,” but swimming laps isn’t as easy as you thought. Simply getting from one end of the pool to the other may be exhausting for you. This is common among beginners.

 

For those brave enough to step outside their comfort zone and decide to learn how to swim… LAPS… it takes a lot of practice and patience, BUT it CAN BE DONE.

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07.06.2016

As some of you may know we have a BIG group of athletes racing IRONMAN Lake Placid on Sunday (7/24). 

We have 17 from RTA racing IRONMAN Lake Placid AND nearly another 100 family, friends & club members cheering for those racing. There’s NOTHING BETTER then racing along side your teammates and having the support of others. 

Below is a list of who’s racing and how you can track them on race day.

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01.25.2016

Most athletes are very competitive people.

Whether competing against actual competitors, or just one’s self, athletes like to keep track of the score… or the time… or whatever the measuring stick happens to be.

Measuring performance and monitoring self-improvement is what keeps endurance athletes coming back for more. Athletes know their PRs (personal records) and naturally, they are looking to improve them.

This is our inherent nature.  It’s a good thing, BUT it should NOT be the ONLY thing.

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01.15.2016

One of the many great features of Training Peaks is you can upload your completed workout files within your online training log. This allows you and your coach to review and analyze the completed prescribed workout.

It also provides a bit of accountability for the athlete.

If you own a CompuTrainer, here’s what you need to do to upload your data on Training Peaks following your workout. (Note: This will be for the RacerMate One software – pictured below).

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07.20.2015

 

As some of you may know we have a big group of athletes racing IRONMAN Lake Placid on Sunday (7/26). 

 

We have 13 from RTA racing IRONMAN Lake Placid AND another 50+ family, friends & club members cheering for those racing. There’s NOTHING BETTER then racing along side your teammates and having the support of others. 

 

Below is a list of who’s racing and how you can track them on race day.

 

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01.21.2015

White Bean & Kale Soup

 

winter snow bike

When it’s cold outside, there is nothing better then a power packed homemade soup. Last week we made a White Bean & Kale Soup with split peas, carrots, onion, garlic & seasoning.

If this doesn’t sound really good to you, don’t knock it before you try it.

It is DELICIOUS!

Nearly all of the ingredients are organic and it’s pack with tons of nutrition. Did I mention is was delicious?!?! Below I’ll guide you through making this POWER PACKED SOUP. Enjoy!

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