09.23.2019
Coach to Coach Show w/ 2 TOP Coaches

 

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**Recorded Show Included at the Bottom of this Post**

Are you a Tri Coach? OR… Are you an triathlete who likes to know what goes on behind the “scene?” Join Coach Elizabeth Kaplanis as she and IRONMAN U® Master Coach, Matt Dixon breakdown two real life athlete scenarios.

 

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09.19.2019

Stress + Recovery = Fitness Gains

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.

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08.29.2019
Learning to Breathe Properly While Swimming

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.

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08.06.2019

On July 28th, 32 athletes from Team RTA Triathlon Club started the iconic IRONMAN Lake Placid and by midnight EVERYONE FINISHED! We had the most athletes of any group this year so there was plenty of team support to go around.

It’s hard to put into words just how special this event was for Team RTA so instead of trying, we created a short video to help caption the emotion from this triumphant weekend.

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07.22.2019
Team RTA at IRONMAN Lake Placid

This year Team RTA has our largest group of athletes racing IRONMAN Lake Placid on Sunday, 7/28. 

We have 30+ from RTA racing IRONMAN Lake Placid AND well over 150+ 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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07.18.2019
How To Overcome Open Water Swim Anxiety

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.

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06.24.2019

RTA Athletes PR on Challenging Course

IRONMAN Mont Tremblant 70.3 was an RTA Tri Club Team Race again this year.  About a dozen RTA club members toed the line in Quebec, Canada on what was a beautiful day for a race. Everyone had a great time and all of the RTA coached athletes had outstanding races including 5 PR’s.

IRONMAN Mont Tremblant 70.3 has become a popular destination race among Team RTA triathlon club members. The area is filled with endless entertainment and recreational options for all ages. And the pedestrian layout makes the city inviting, accessible and spectator friendly.

Whether it’s this race or another destination race, there is nothing more fun then racing some place new and exciting with friends & teammates.

CONGRATS to all on outstanding races and a special mention to those athletes below who PR’d. Keep up the good work!!!

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06.21.2019
We’ve Walking on Sunshine! 

Cue the music! We are absolutely THRILLED and HONORED to have been selected as a recipient of the Women for Tri triathlon club grant for the 5th time! We are looking forward to continue growing the female population in the sport we love.

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06.20.2019
How Many Times Will You Get Back Up?

Rohit is new to triathlon. Like many overachievers, he has a “go big or go home” mentality. He signed up for his first triathlon, IRONMAN Atlantic City 70.3 and contacted us soon after.

Rohit had a decent understanding of triathlon, but he didn’t know how to swim and wasn’t sure how to best prepare for the race. However, he understands the value of professional guidance and proper preparation. He’s also determined to be successful and he’s willing to put the work in.

Despite all of this, the reality was Rohit had a massive goal. Like any BIG goal in life, the journey to his finish 70.3 finish line would likely have a couple bumps in the road. And it did.

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06.13.2019
IRONMAN Lake Placid Bike Course Change

IRONMAN Lake Placid is the longest running IRONMAN event in North America. It was also home of 2 winter olympic games (1932 & 1980 – famous for the “Miracle on Ice”). The incredibly scenic yet challenging course which is also spectator friendly makes this race a great choice for triathletes looking for something special.

For the 2019 edition of IRONMAN Lake Placid, the race organizers just announced a small change to the bike course. Details & diagram and below.

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06.13.2019
NormaTec: Train Hard, Recover Faster

RTA Triathlon is excited to announce a 2 year partnership with NormaTec. NormaTec Recovery Systems are trusted by the very best professional and amateur athletes, teams and fitness organizations in the world.

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05.20.2019
Making the Most of Your Triathlon Journey

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.

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05.07.2019

RTA x ROKA – “FIND FASTER”

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.

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04.04.2019

Test Results (2019)

We regularly test and re-test our athletes throughout their training programs. Positive test results ensure the athlete’s custom training plan is “working.” If results do not show improvement, it allows us time to ask, why, and make the necessary adjustments PRIOR to race day.

Test results provide us with valuable data for creating future workouts in order to maximize fitness gains for the athlete.  Ultimately the data will help to establish their race day strategy. Needless to say, the end goal is to put our athletes in optimal position to have the best race possible.

We are proud of our athletes and the hard work and dedication they put toward training. Below are a some of the test results we have seen recently.

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04.03.2019

Performance Testing for Triathlon Training

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:

  • WHY regular tests are important,
  • If testing is right for YOU
  • Sample tests for swim, bike and run.

Here’s the direct link.

We will now discuss how we use the data from the test results and how you can do the same.

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