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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06.13.2019
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

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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03.18.2019

Triathlon SWIM Case Study: Jim Williamson

 

RTA Triathlon coached athlete, Jim Williamson, recently slashed 1:00 minute off of his 500 yard swim test. This equates to 0:12 seconds per 100 yards AND a time SAVINGS of 4:14 over a 1.2 mile half IRON-distance swim or 8:28 minutes over a 2.4 mile IRON-distance swim. Needless to say, this is SIGNIFICANT!

Jim did this in only 8 weeks.

Here are the 5 things he did and what you can do to SHAVE TIME off of your next triathlon swim split.

 

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02.20.2019

Jonathan Schwartz has been an RTA Triathlon Club member since December of 2016. He’s a family man, typical type A overachiever and a pleasure to have on the Team.

When Jonathan joined our Triathlon Club in 2016, he had never done a triathlon before, but obviously that was his goal for the 2017 season. Jonathan came from a running background, but was looking for a new challenge. He decided triathlon was going to be it… except things didn’t unfold the way he had envisioned.

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01.21.2019

Meet Ken V. He is a dad, husband and triathlete. He is also a 3 x Half IRONMAN finisher and soon to be IRONMAN.

He first became involved in triathlon about 7 years ago and has been a member of Team RTA triathlon club for most of that time.

Ken has slowly worked his way up in distance and improved his times over the years. Most recently Ken finished his 3rd IRONMAN 70.3 distance race in Atlantic City, NJ.

Shortly after, he “pulled the trigger” and signed up for IRONMAN Maryland, which will take place in the fall of this year. It will be his first “full” IRONMAN triathlon. He will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles all in one day and in less than the 17-hour time limit.

So how does a regular guy get caught up in these crazy “shenanigans” (LOL)?!?!? Find out why and how by reading about Ken’s triathlon journey below.

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01.14.2019

Becoming an IRONMAN

In 1990 Jeanne first dreamed of becoming an IRONMAN, but she never really thought it was actually possible.

In 2015 she toed the line at IRONMAN Maryland, but she was ultimately disqualified for an innocent mishap during the run portion of the race.

In 2018 Jeanne got sweet redemption and finally became an IRONMAN!

Her journey wasn’t easy, but no one’s IRONMAN journey is easy. Everyone has a story. And everyone has obstacles they need to overcome along the way. Perhaps that’s why they say, ‘the harder the battle, the sweeter, the victory.’

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01.02.2019

Zwift: Structured Group Workouts

We are proud to announce we will be 1 of just a handful of Triathlon Clubs / Triathlon Coaching Organizations in the WORLD to offer virtual structured group rides on Zwift.

What the heck does this mean?

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12.21.2018

Emily K is a text book overachiever. She knows what she wants and she goes out and gets it.

She graduated from college (Penn State!) in 2+ years and had her masters degree secured by the time most people get their undergraduate diploma. She now has more than one job, continues to work her butt off and is very successful. 

Like any Type A, overachiever, she was looking for a new challenge. She had been a runner, but she wanted something more than just running.

“Why not sign up for a triathlon, she thought.” And even though she didn’t have a bike or know how to swim, that’s what she did. GAME ON!

 

Below is a short Q & A with Emily regarding her triathlon journey.

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12.13.2018

FREE Triathlon Lecture Series – 2019

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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11.19.2018

COMMUNICATION

 

Hiring a triathlon coach is becoming more and more common among triathletes. There are a ton of considerations and a lot of options when deciding who to hire, but one is most important. THE most important component in triathlon coaching is the COMMUNICATION between coach and athlete.

If you’re coach is a good communicator you will do well. If she’s an exceptional communicator, you’ll do REALLY well!  It’s not just about the coach telling the athlete what to do. A good coach makes time for their athletes, encourages communication and listens to their athletes.

Good communication sounds simple. It sounds like common sense. However, there’s a lot that goes into communicating well and it’s not all on your coach.

 

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