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.


12.13.2017

Common Questions About Team RTA

Thanks for consideration in becoming a member of Team RTA, our triathlon club.

Team RTA has been around since 2010 and has become a supportive community of triathletes from around the Northern New Jersey area.

Our group has grown organically over the years and our members include a wide range of abilities. We have those who have yet to do their first triathlon all the way up to USAT All Americans and IRONMAN World Championship qualifiers.

New to triathlon? DON’T BE INTIMIDATED!

Joining a club like ours may be the best decision you make. As a member of Team RTA, you become a part of our family and your triathlon learning curve will be greatly accelerated.  And most importantly you will have FUN!

Do you have a few questions before joining our Team for the year? No problem! Below you’ll find the most commonly asked questions we have received over the years.

 

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12.11.2017

The Power of Indoor Riding

If you’re a triathlete or cyclist, a bike trainer is a must have. This is especially true if you live in a place that it is difficult to ride outside year round.

I’m not suggesting you ride inside all of the time, although some of the best professional IRONMAN athletes do, but I’d like to explain why at least occasionally it is a good idea.

Unless you have unlimited time or don’t mind getting dropped on group rides or posting an embarrassing bike split, having a bike trainer is invaluable.

Whether you already ride inside or can’t stomach the idea of it, there is absolutely a time and place for a bike trainer. Below I will discuss 6 reasons why indoor riding is a no brainer.

 

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11.28.2017

Technique in Triathlon is Key! (continued)

By now you know why technique in triathlon is important. You also know what you must do once technique flaws are identified. 

In the final part of the series we will address 3 more technique mistakes triathletes make and how to fix them. If you missed part 1, you can check it out here. And if you missed part 2, you can check it out here.

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11.21.2017

Technique in Triathlon is Key! (continued)

As a professional triathlon coach who regularly works with athletes 1 on 1 to improve their technique and form, I have seen a lot.  I have also come to realize in many cases athletes don’t know what they are doing is incorrect. This is because they were never told how AND why they should be moving differently. In other cases, athletes know they are doing something wrong, but can’t figure out what or how to improve it. Either way, it needs to be corrected and it will make a big difference once it is.

In part 2 of this 3 part series will continue to examine the most common technique mistakes we see among triathletes and how to fix them. If you missed part 1, you can check it out here.

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11.02.2017

Champions Are Made in the Off Season

Are you ready for a break through year?

A great year of racing starts with what an athlete does in their off season.

Regardless if you’re in a position to win your next race, continual self improvement is one of the driving factors that keep many triathletes motivated. There’s not much more satisfying then setting a new PR or completing a longer distance triathlon for the first time.

The off season is the perfect time to set yourself up for success come next year. Quite simply, there’s no pressure of an immediate upcoming triathlon you want to do well at. This provides you and your coach with a great deal of flexibility in your training schedule to make significant improvements and yield serious results for next season.

Below we will discuss a few ways you can take action and make the most of your off season.

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10.23.2017

Technique in Triathlon is Key!

 

Fitness is important, but proper technique is key to maximize the fitness you have. It also helps to reduce the risk of injury.

As professional triathlon coaches, we regularly work with athletes 1 on 1 with the goal of improving technique.

Below you will find a few of the most common technique mistakes we see and how you can correct them.

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10.02.2017

3 Run Form Corrections

You spend a lot of time working on your swim and bike technique, but how often do you think about your run form?

Here are three of the most common errors triathletes make on the run and how to fix them to prevent injuries and run faster and more efficiently.

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09.22.2017

Triathletes spend the most time and energy on the cycling leg of a triathlon, so it’s important to master your bike technique and fix these common mistakes.

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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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09.11.2017

Swim Technique for Triathletes

The swim portion of a triathlon can be daunting. It’s also then number one reason people decide against signing up for a triathlon.

This is because swimming is highly technical and often difficult for adults to learn later in life. However, with proper guidance it can be mastered.

Below I will cover 3 common swim techniques we see while working with athletes and how you can fix them.

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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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