Some people have said “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over hoping for different results.” Too often though, we do that in our training. We do the same thing week after week, season after season, and we wonder why we don’t get any better. Want to break out of that rut? Take a look at your training log and see what you’ve been doing and what you should change!
Oh… you haven’t been keeping a training log? Here’s 3 reasons to keep a training log, and 3 ways to do it!
Smile… Seriously… Just take a second and smile 🙂
I was planning to post a review this morning, but a thought hit me on the trainer doing some 5 minute superathreshold intervals. I was reminded of something I heard in an interview with Trisports.com CEO Seton Claggett. He was asked what advice he would give new athletes. He passed along a perfect quote that was given to him as a young athlete.
The sport of triathlon is really made up on three different sports: swimming, cycling, and running. I know… shocker! When it comes to race day, being a single sport athlete won’t cut it. i remind myself that every race as I’m a behind the fast swimmers out of the water, or when the runners are pulling away from me on the first leg of a Duathlon. We’re triathletes, so we balance all three sports in training like we do on race day. But, there is something to be said for a single sport focus. Whether this be for a specific block of training or working on a weakness, it may be time to hone in on one sport for some time. Continue reading
Earlier this week I wrote about 3 ways to jumpstart your fitness for the new triathlon season. Well, here’s a 4th.
Today I’m releasing a FREE 6 Week training plan to get you ready for your first (or next) triathlon. The plan is primarily focused on those training for a Sprint Triathlon, but it will work just as well for the 6 weeks leading up to your next sprint before diving into some intermediate or long course racing.
In this plan I use all the same philosophies I use in my coaching and especially the 3 main workouts for time crunched triathletes. This is a great resource for you as you dive back into training or if you are just getting started. I hope you find this plan useful and that it helps you learn from my mistakes!
Following on the heels of the post “What’s a Watt?” I wanted to jump off that and get a little more info out there on one of the things you can do with a power meter. A lot of people, (especially in the off season) focus on losing weight and getting a better body composition. To accurately count calories, you need an accurate count of calories burned. Any GPS will give you a number of calories burned for a given workout, but sometimes that is a bit of an arbitrary number. This is where a power meter comes into play!
It’s that time of year… yes… Christmas, but also planning time for next season. You’re picking races and starting to plan your training. I’ve noticed a bit of hustle and bustle around the interwebs about one topic surrounding annual training plans… reverse periodization vs. traditional periodization. I wanted to give you my take on the subject.
It’s fall, and for many cyclists that means it’s trainer season. Cyclists and Triathletes have become fond of calling their trainer setup their “pain cave” for obvious reasons. On a trainer you are either doing some highly structured intervals which can be very painful, or you are doing some long slow miles… which is painful in and over itself. The rise of some great trainer apps have eased this a little (and some increased it… I’m looking at you sufferfest). But in all, the trainer has remained a cornerstone of off (or pre) season training.
I wanted to take today’s post and give you a tour of my “Pain Cave.” As you will see, it is not very high end, and just enough to keep me going for an hour or two here and there. But it is very effective for me!
This is the second post in our 5K Beginner’s Series! Each Monday for 6 weeks we will be looking at different topics to help you get ready for your first (or next) 5K. These will also go right along with our 6 week 5K training plan.
If you haven’t gotten that yet, I encourage you to get it now! If you started that plan last week you should be right on track to have a great race for a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot! If you are a little behind, that’s ok! Go get that plan and start at the beginning. If you skip a week, skip week 5 so you can gradually build up. You will also want to take a look at post 1 in this series on the importance of a warm up.
This is the first post in our 5K Beginner’s Series! Each Monday for the next 6 weeks we will be looking at different topics to help you get ready for your first (or next) 5K. These will also go right along with our 6 week 5K training plan.
If you haven’t gotten that yet, I encourage you to get it now! If you start that plan today you will be right on track to have a great race for a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot!
Warm Up: Why?
Today I want to tackle the idea of warming up and cooling down for each workout. If you are following the plan, I didn’t write out a specific procedure, but told you to spend 5 minutes getting your muscles loose and your blood flowing. This part of each workout is important few a few reasons.
It’s that time of year again!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and for many of us, even those who may not run very much throughout the year, we are signing up for our local Turkey Trot!