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.


09.28.2018

Always Do Your BEST!

 

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:

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09.13.2018

Make Race Morning a Thoughtless Process

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.

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09.11.2018

How is Your Swim Pacing & Control?

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.

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07.25.2018

Team RTA Takes on IRONMAN Lake Placid

Each year a group of athletes from Team RTA target IRONMAN Lake Placid as one of their top priority races. It’s an iconic race and needless to say, our triathlon club loves it. As a result, IMLP is an annual Team Race.

This year was IRONMAN Lake Placid’s 20 year anniversary. It is an incredible venue for athletes and spectators. It’s also the longest running IRONMAN in North America. All of this, only 4 hours from northern New Jersey. Jackpot!

If you’re thinking about signing up for an IRONMAN, THIS IS THE ONE!

This year we had a smaller group then usual, but none the less it was still an incredible race for all those who toed the line. Next year, we expect a bigger group including many first timers.

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06.27.2018

 

Want to Be a Triathlete?

From the outside, triathlon can be intimidating, but in reality the sport is the combination of 3 activities most of us did as kids. Below you will learn what it takes to be a triathlete.

 

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right

– Henry Ford

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02.13.2018

FREE Triathlon Lecture Series

 

There’s a lot to learn when it comes to triathlon. We also understand it can be confusing & sometimes intimidating, but fear not!

Each year we enjoying speaking to a variety of triathletes (and future triathletes) in the area on a range of topics. Most of the topics are applicable to ALL endurance athletes including pure runners, swimmers and cyclists. 

The lectures are free to attend and open to the public. We encourage questions & dialog throughout and do our best to tailor each presentation to those in attendance. 

Feel free to bring a friend and enjoy an informative evening.

We look forward to meeting all those who attend.

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01.29.2018

Recently USAT and IRONMAN partnered in an initiative to grow the sport of triathlon. RTA Triathlon is proud to have taken the pledge to do the same.

Initiatives are great and they can be motivating, but they go nowhere unless EVERYONE helps out. So, please consider doing YOUR PART in helping to grow our sport.

YOUR CHALLENGE: Find one friend who has never done a triathlon and get them to sign up for one this year. Do the race together. Tell them you got their back and assure them THEY CAN DO IT!

Official press release below.

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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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