Justin Daerr was recently interviewed about his training progression with Eric Schwarz from the Triathlete Training Podcast. During the podcast, they discuss Justin's training leading in to IM Boulder, including his build over his years of racing, as well as his thoughts on racing at altitude and a slightly different approach to nutrition.
You can listen to the podcast here.
If your workouts are more impressive than your race splits then this series is for you.
Our course profile for Ironman Lake Tahoe in California, provided by Dave Latourette.
I find the athletes that I meet before a championship race (70.3, 140.6) often deflect their intentions for the race. I believe that it is one of the few times in their lives they find themselves to be just one among thousands of the best athletes in the world.
Our course profile for the Leadman Tri Epic 250 in Bend, Oregon, provided by Nick Mathers.
Pacing is one of the most talked about subjects when it comes to endurance sport. You get this wrong and no matter how well trained you are, your day can be blown apart.
When you are asking yourself to race for a long time, the concept of pacing means more than just how fast you're going; it means emotional control, fueling, dealing with discomfort and controlling your ability to focus.
We all go through ups and downs while training, especially those of us who are amateur athletes. A lot of other things will take priority: work, family, kids and even other hobby’s. Before you know it, it has been a few weeks or even a month or two since any meaningful training. I find it best to first realize one thing: it is no big deal!
Gordo's presentation from Endurance Corner's 2014 Tucson camp
I've put together a calculator that will give you some recommendations on your personal heart rate and pace/power zones in line with EC’s terminology.
If you regularly repeat the test protocols and save the data, you'll be able to benchmark your fitness throughout the year.
Over the years, I’ve spent about $75,000 on bike gear. Here's what I’ve learned about bike material, components, wheels, and buying used versus new.
EC's own Justin Daerr was interviewed about his recent Ironman Boulder win by John and Bevan at IMTalk.
Check out the latest podcast for the interview.
With the 2015 bikes hitting the market, many ironfolk will be "looking to upgrade." Usually this means better materials, sleeker lines, hiding more "stuff" and, above all else, more aggressive geometry. After all, nothing looks better rolling through transition than a bike with full aero set up and a huge drop. Big drop = low frontal area = this dude is serious about laying down a fast bike split!
Well, there is one element of that equation that is missing: big drop + holding the position for 5ish hours = fast bike split!
I used to get so fired up for the swim at most of my races. But it wasn’t until I learned how to be a smarter swimmer that I really got confident with my swim ability. When I first started triathlon, I was three years past my collegiate swim career and I was still thinking like a swimmer: my strategy for races was to put my head down and just go like hell from the start.
A young triathlete recently reached out to me with a question about nutrition. He was gearing up for his first 70.3 in a few weeks. He mentioned that he usually fuels with water during training and was curious about what to do in his upcoming race.
The Tempo Run. It has been defined many ways by many great coaches. Daniels calls it a pace between T pace and M pace and it is based on the amount of tempo you do (20-60 minutes). McMillian says it is a “comfortably hard pace and your heart rate will be around 85-90% of your max heart rate.” Hanson says it is simply “marathon pace.”
I knew while I was racing that the tempo run was one of my best workouts to gain speed and strength for ironman.
I am a mom, entrepreneur, wife, long course triathlete and a gay woman. This past year, I accomplished what I once considered the impossible and married the woman of my dreams after a 17 year committed relationship. I also finished the triathlon season as the best performing woman in my age group in the world.
This is not a coincidence.
When we head into a race we assume that with the amount of preparation we've put in things have to go exactly as we want them to: perfect. The reality is something usually comes up that we either have not planned for or is not ideal.
The best advice I can give a new athlete is work before work rate.
Prove that you can “do” before you worry about what you do.
After you’ve proven then you can “do work” the next tip is strength before speed. Put plainly: get your work rate up by moving uphill, rather than focusing on going fast for a long period.
Until your work-rate training is established, the “fast” part of your training should be focused on quickness, rather than velocity.
Here’s one of my favorite work-rate workouts.
A lot of people have questions about the best approach to swim training and racing. I recently chatted with John and Bevan from IMTalk to share some of my thoughts and best tips for IM swimming.
During their ironman training most athletes include long runs and short fast runs. Some athletes have time to add in a bit of hill work too. Something that’s missing from a lot of programs is the medium-long run that includes ironman-specific pace work.
Going into the last three weeks before an iron-distance race you'll probably find yourself very tired. The big question is what do you focus on and what can actually help your fitness now?
Coach Marilyn Chychota's tips for setting up your bike to prevent Achilles issues.