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.


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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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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01.16.2015

Triathlon Training Camp

KYAH: Florida, BIGGER & BETTER in 2015!

Just in…

Due to an overwhelming demand for KYAH Florida, we have just booked an additional OCEAN FRONT SUITE and increased our bike transport capacity to accommodate more athletes.

KYAH Florida is RTA’s 4 day Triathlon Training Camp in sunny South Florida. It will take place on March 27th through March 30th.

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01.09.2015

How to Get the Most Out of Our Club

 

Why did you join Team RTA? People join triathlon clubs for a variety of reasons. More likely then not, meeting other like minded people and learning more about the sport fall somewhere on your list.

As an RTA club member, you get to enjoy a long list of benefits. Group workouts and various discounts are the most obvious, but that’s just the beginning.

Team Races, post race parties, social events, and access to two full time coaches are a few other benefits. In short, RTA is here to help connect you with your Teammates and ultimately help you achieve your goals.

Below I will help you understand how you can get the most out of your RTA triathlon club membership.

 

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01.07.2015

Your season has ended, you’ve (hopefully) taken a little time off and the holiday season is quickly approaching. This can only mean one thing. The triathlon preseason is here.

Think of the preseason as a new beginning and prime opportunity to start working toward your goals for next season. Are you going long for the first time? Do you want to set a new PR or land on the podium? Below are a few things you can do to prepare for excellence. More