It’s Time to Tri!

You may have heard of the new initiative by USA Triathlon and Ironman to reach 100,000 new participants by 2020. This new initiative is called Time to Tri. I am excited about the possibility of growing he sport we love in this way, and I wanted to pass on to you an email of how you can get involved. If you want to check out all the resources they have you can go to https://www.mytimetotri.com and check it out. You can also point any of your non-tri friends (you do have some of those right?) to that website to help them find out all they would need to know for their first triathlon. Fear of the unknown is what holds most people back, and the more we teach them, the more they will be willing to give it a shot!

On that note, you already know another great resource for learning about triathlon… Triathlonpal.com! I’m all about helping people learn from my mistakes and growing the sport from a grassroots level. I’m not in it for the glory… in fact… I don’t get anything for running this site. I just love helping people, and between my site, Time to Tri, and others, I think we have some great resources in place to help our friends take the plunge into our sport!

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Pre-Season is Time to Get Strong

It’s time to get strong this pre-season. That’s right. It’s no longer the off season… it’s pre-season! You may not be diving head first into your season training yet, but there are some things you should be doing now to be getting ready for the season. One of those is strength training!

A few words before we get into they why’s and how’s of strength training. First, I’m not talking about weight lifting. While strength training may utilize weights, it’s a totally different animal. Weight lifting is about seeing how much weight you can lift. Strength training is about getting stronger for sport specific movements. A soccer player doesn’t need to bench press his body weight plus. Neither does a triathlete for that matter. Second, yes, you may gain weight. That’s ok. It’s functional weight. That’s a good thing.

With that, let’s answer those why’s and how’s I spoke of earlier!

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Why you should hire a coach

Triathlon training is hard. Swimming, cycling, and running are hard on their own, but coordinating workouts for all three sports can be a nightmare. Most athletes are great at one of the 3 sports that make up a triathlon, but few excel at all three. If you want to reach that next level of performance, I might suggest you hire a coach.

I mentioned hiring a coach as one of my 4 steps to take now for an awesome season, so I wanted to get into that a little more today. This is applicable to triathlon but also to running, cycling, and swimming as well.

1. Objectivity

This is the hardest thing for us as endurance athletes. We just aren’t objective when it comes to our own training. Usually an athlete will fall into one of two camps; either they are too hard on themselves and end up overtraining, or they are too easy on themselves, make excuses, and never reach their potential.

Obviously I am painting with a bread brush here, but an outside coach can look at your training, both past and present, and get a clear picture of how things have progressed. At that point they can objectively plan your training going forward and help you improve in way you have been blind to previously.

2. Accountability

Along with objectivity is accountability. Too often we think we are hitting our goals and progressing when we really are not. When you know someone will be checking in on your training monthly or weekly… or even daily… there is an added motivation to nail the workout like it was planned. There’s no slacking off with a good coach behind you!

3. Mentorship

Mentorship is one of key things to look for in a good coach. You don’t just want a training plan to follow. If you that’s all you wanted you could just buy one online or grab a free one someplace. What you want in a coach is a mentor who will teach you not just the “what” and “how,” but also the “why.” You want a person who will take the time to explain the purpose of the workouts, the adaptations you are after, and the goals you are trying to reach. This goes for training, nutrition, and recovery. It takes them all the make a good athlete.

4. Simplicity 

Who doesn’t love simplicity? One of the biggest barriers for self-coached athletes to get out the door for a workout is actually figuring out what workout to do. To really plan a season well and even just a training block takes a lot of effort. If you don’t put that effort in, then each day you are left wondering what workout to do. That’s not a good use of your mental energy and will power. Having a coach send you and email or looking at your TrainingPeaks account to read what workout is next is a whole lot more simple. When it comes to streamlining your training, a coach can help you leaps and bounds over self-coaching.

So there you have it. This is by far not an exhaustive list, but simply a starting point to help you see how a coach can take you to the next level.

Ready to take the leap? I’d love to help! Check out both my Custom Training Plans and my full on Coaching Plan and see if it is the right fit for you! You can use the contact form or Twitter to message me and get the ball rolling!

4 Steps to a Great 2018 Season

New Years is always an awesome time of year. It’s like everyone gets to turn a page and reset things. This really goes for all areas of our lives, from finances to work and, most notably, our health.

As A triathlete, I am user you have ambitions for the 2018 season. Or maybe you even just recently made up your mind to try a triathlon for the first time. Either way, experienced or beginner, here are 4 steps you can take now to have a great season later.

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2018 Sponsor- Brooks Running

That’s right, another sponsor! Brooks running is continuing into 2018!

I wrote last year about my journey through the running shoe world until I landed at the Brooks Launch 3. Over the last season that transitioned to the Launch 4, and now to the newly released Launch 5!

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2018 Sponsor: Nutrition

Nutrition has been my Achilles heel over the last few seasons. I haven’t quiet nailed it. My implosion on the run at my first 70.3 I believe was due to improper nutrition and not to improper pacing on the bike. This year… my goal is to change that!

To meet that goal, I present to you my 2018 nutrition sponsors!

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Merry Christmas- 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I have made it a tradition to simply post a Christmas message to all of you guys each Christmas. It’s fun to put of the gift guides and stocking stuffer guides (If you didn’t get what you wanted in your stocking it was probably because you didn’t send my stocking Stuffer list to you friends and family… just sayin). And it’s extra fun to bake cookies with our family and just enjoy time together. But I want to make sure we don’t loose sight of the real meaning of Christmas.

I shared with my church back at the beginning of December about the “Spirit of Christmas.” If you know me… you have probably heard of my distaste for Hallmark Movies, and especially Christmas Hallmark Movies. They are basically all the same movie with different actors and different settings. But they all go he same way. Guy and girl fall in love, they break up (probably with another guy/girl involved) but then the “Christmas Spirit” brings them back together.

It’s fun to poke fun at Christmas movies, but the important thing is that we don’t loose sight of the true Christmas Spirit. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says:

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

Simple. Jesus was rich. He became poor for us. So we could be rich.

1. He was rich

Jesus is God. He existed before creation with God the Father. I know the trinity is a hard subject to understand and explain, but right now all we need to know is that Jesus is God and He had all the glory, power, and riches that came with being God the creator of the universe. (John 17:5)

2. He became poor

That’s what we celebrate a Christmastime. Baby Jesus in a manger. He, the creator of the universe “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). He gave up all the glory to become a helpless baby. He allowed himself to be constrained, wrapped in swaddling clothes. And ultimately, He allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross… why?

3. So we could become rich

All of this was not to show us how to live or to be a moral example. It was to redeem us. To buy us back. Because of the sin we committed, we were salves to sin. Only the death of a perfect human could pay the price to buy us back. Now it is up to us to believe that and accept the gift of salvation. The most amazing Christmas gift available.

I love how the Christmas Hymn puts it:

Good Christian men rejoice
With heart and soul and voice!
Give ye heed to what we say
News! News!
Jesus Christ is born today!
Ox and ass before Him bow
And He is in the manger now
Christ is born today!
Christ is born today!

Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Now ye hear of endless bliss
Joy! Joy!
Jesus Christ was born for this
He hath ope’d heaven’s door
And man is blessed evermore
Christ was born for this
Christ was born for this

Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice
Now ye need not fear the grave:
Peace! Peace!
Jesus Christ was born to save
Calls you one and calls you all
To gain His everlasting hall
Christ was born to save
Christ was born to save

So the offer is there. “He hath opened heaven’s door” and he “calls you one and calls you all to gain His everlasting hall.”

That’s the Spirit of Christmas. If you haven’t accepted Him as your Savior. Do that now. I’d love to hear about it, or answer any questions you have. You can hit me up on Twitter, or use the contact form below.

With that I simply want to say Merry Christmas everyone! I pray you know and understand the true Christmas Spirit!

2018 Sponsor- Trisports

Today I’m continuing my 2018 sponsor announcements with my old friend Trisports!

If you have been following the blog you know Trisports has been a partner for the last 3 seasons. They were actually my first sponsor! Seaton and Debbie Claggett were great to work with over the last few seasons and their passion for the triathlon community was so refreshing! You will also have seen that Trisports.com had to close it’s doors a few months back, but that they never fully closed down operations. The Claggett’s and a few remaining staff liquidated as much inventory as they could and then, all of a sudden, the company changed hands and a new website was launched and the news was out that Trisports was under new ownership. 

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2018 Sponsor- Flaér

Over the next few weeks I will be introducing my 2018 sponsors! I’ve got a great team partnering with me this year as I am making a run at the Long Course Duathlon World Championships, and I want you to get to know them!

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Maintaining Fitness Over the Holiday Season

Ahhh, the Christmas season. Or as my wife likes to call it: “Baking season!”

That’s right, the time from Thanksgiving day until New Year’s Day is spent mostly stuffing our faces with all the wonderful goodies that we bake, cook, and receive as gifts. A simple google search will yield you thousands of articles on Holiday weight gain.

As an endurance athlete, this is probably your off season (unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere in which case it’s summer right now). The added benefit of a lessened training load leaves us in even more of a positive calorie count. For many of us, we want to know how to avoid losing fitness and gaining weight over the holidays. I’m here to help, but my first piece of advice is… don’t worry about it! Continue reading

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