Category Archives: Training



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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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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09.06.2017

Bad Race?

 

Did you just have a bad race?

Congrats and welcome to the club.

Bad races happen to everyone occasionally. However, if you manage this unfortunate experience properly and stay motivated, there’s a good chance it will be the precursor to your next PR.

That being said, stop sulking and stop making excuses. Pick your chin up and put on your game face. Below we will go through a process to help you learn from your bad race, stay motivated and get you on track to PR your next race.

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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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05.09.2017
What Gets Measured, Gets Improved

In recent weeks, several RTA athletes performed their regular triathlon training tests for each discipline. These tests are a critical part of triathlon training. They help measure progress (or lack there of) and allow us to reset training parameters for workouts.  Ultimately the results closest to race day help us establish a realistic race execution plan with pacing strategies & time goals.

Why Test?

At RTA Triathlon, our professional triathlon coaches understand the importance of regular testing in all three disciplines. Every 5-8 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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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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