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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06.12.2017

NEW Team RTA Exclusive Benefit

 

Team RTA is a valued member of the IRONMAN community. As such, we are super excited to announce the new benefits for all current Team RTA club members:

  • Early Entry for all IRONMAN & IRONMAN 70.3 events
  • Priority Tiered Pricing
  • Deferral Program
  • Payment Plan Option

 

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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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05.09.2017

TEAM RACE: St. Anthony’s Triathlon

Guest Post by RTA Club member, Larry C

 

Last week RTA had their first Team Race of the year in St. Petersburg, FL. About 12 club members made the trip to Florida to race the iconic St. Anthony’s Triathlon and kick off the 2017 season.

Because I always enjoy reading race reports from others, I decided to write my own.

This report is a summary from my own eyes. 

I tried to keep it short.

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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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02.27.2017
KYAH Triathlon Training Camps: Lake Placid, NY

 

We just opened registration for our popular training camps in beautiful Lake Placid, NY. Secure your spot today and take advantage of our BEST PRICING available for our Memorial Day camp UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH.

RTA has hosted 14 training camps in Lake Placid over the years. We have become experts of the course and greater Lake Placid area. 

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02.27.2017

This year RTA Triathlon will be presenting 4 information packed lectures to help you become a better triathlete. The lectures will take place at various area locations and each are open to the public.

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07.23.2016

To The Soon To Be, IRONMAN

A letter to the triathlete about to step up to the IRONMAN starting line.

To the Soon To Be,

Months ago, you made a decision; you signed a piece of paper, and decided to commit yourself, to what I believe is the most grueling endurance race on the planet. You made the decision to challenge your body, and your mind, and see just what you are capable of. But that was then, and this is now.

There has been 1000’s of miles logged since that fateful day. Early mornings in the pool, late nights on the bike trainer, and runs during the hottest part of the day, and those are just the basic elements. There were the lifts, the yoga sessions, the doctors appointments, but even more important, there were the birthday parties, the weddings, the days and hours of work, and the events that could not be missed. It’s been a journey, and not an easy one.

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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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05.09.2016

In recent weeks, several RTA athletes performed their regular FTP (functional threshold power)  Bike Test and absolutely crushed it! Results below.

Why Test?

At Ridgewood Tri Athlete, our professional triathlon coaches understand the importance of regular testing in all three disciplines. Every 4-6 weeks we schedule our athletes to perform basic tests in each discipline. These tests act as a measuring stick and are used as a bench mark to elicit continual improvement and eventually to help set realistic targets for race day. 

Not only do test results act as a form of extra motivation and encouragement for our athletes, but as coaches we use this data to prescribe specific workouts for the weeks to come. Each athlete has specific needs and react differently to different workouts.

Needless to say, it’s impossible for test results to ALWAYS come back favorable. However, when an athlete gets less then optimal results, it provides an additional opportunity for our coaches and athletes to roundtable and re-look at what they have and/or have not been doing. In most cases, we are able to make small changes to get their future test results on track and ultimately have them fully prepared 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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