Category Archives: Training



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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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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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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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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01.15.2016

One of the many great features of Training Peaks is you can upload your completed workout files within your online training log. This allows you and your coach to review and analyze the completed prescribed workout.

It also provides a bit of accountability for the athlete.

If you own a CompuTrainer, here’s what you need to do to upload your data on Training Peaks following your workout. (Note: This will be for the RacerMate One software – pictured below).

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01.07.2016

It’s All Perspective

by: RTA athlete, Liz Urtecho

 

Over the past 3 weeks I have had the opportunity to reflect on my Ironman finish, what it meant to me and how I will go forward in the sport.  I was finding myself getting caught up in the results, analyzing every split, and coming up with new and improved nutrition strategies.  I was planning for the next race, my training/racing plan for 2016 and the 2017 Ironman.  I was looking forward to my next BOOM!  

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06.19.2015

SAVE ON TRIATHLON / RUN COACHING SERVICES:

 

If ROI (return on investment) is important to you, then hiring a coach is the way to go.

 

We understand coaching can be expensive, but we also realize our happy athletes are our BEST marketing agents. In our business, referrals and word of mouth are EVERYTHING and we have put together a program to REWARD those who speak up and spread the word.

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04.09.2015

 

KYAH Recap

by: Kim Kendra, camper (front & center above)

 

KYAH Florida Training Camp Recap: This was my first triathlon camp. I really had no idea what to expect or what I was in for. As per the Ridgewood Triathlete website KYAH (pronounced KAI-Ya!) stands for Kick Your A$$ Hard! It’s heavy volume multi-day training in swimming, biking and running where campers come away with increased confidence in training and racing potential. Sounds good, right?!   

 

I’ll keep it simple-ish and break things down into accommodations and travel, training/workouts/lectures, fun factor and overall KYAH Triathlon Training Camp experience.  I’ll rate each part 1 to 5 with 5 being the best experience. 

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01.12.2015

 

Is swimming your biggest limiter?

 

Triathlon Swim Programming

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming SWIM PROGRAMS for 2015! These options are available to club members at a reduced rate as well as NON members.

SO PLEASE SHARE with your friends!

There are TWO options to choose from: 

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