Training camps can be an incredibly useful weapon in your training arsenal. When compared to the regular training block, they can be thought of as akin to the difference between a semi-automatic rifle and a musket. While both fire a single bullet with comparable effect, the difference in load time between the two means you can get a lot more done in a given time with the semi-auto.
With our annual Tucson camp wrapping up this past weekend, Endurance Corner has another successful camp under our belts as a team. These camps are so helpful in the development of an athlete-coach relationship. I get to spend the week with many of my squad members, where personality comes through, approach to sessions comes out, weakness and strengths are revealed and I can see where an athlete is in his or her progression.
One of the better parenting tips I have received is to never compare my inside life with someone’s outer appearance. However, in looking at my family’s outside, I’d say they’re doing well. With three kids under six, we must be doing something right.
Six things that have helped me maintain my athletic sanity follow.
Over the past 10 years, the eating habits I’ve adopted have come in very small pieces. If I think about how I ate 10 years ago versus how I eat now, the major difference would be the purpose of the food I’m putting in my mouth.
Coach Marilyn Chychota describes how to follow a wheel in a paceline.
I think of training camps as our opportunity to declutter, reduce the bloat and do the work. As you approach camp, the week or two before camp is the perfect time to enjoy the reduced training time and reduce your bloat.
This is the fifth winter where I’ve had a month dedicated to lifting as many pounds as possible. I want to encourage you to give it a shot because there is a material health and wellness benefit from the simple strategy of lift-often and lift-a-lot.
In business, I have learned when I need a skill I don’t have, like programming, the best course of action for me is to outsource it to someone great. In triathlon, I wish I could outsource my swimming to someone who swims well... or even someone who swims only okay.
Seven years into the sport and I am still working hard on being a better swimmer. Here are my tips I wish I had known when I started long course training.
Not more than a few weeks into the new year I heard two athletes talking about how they were on day 1 of their Ironman training. When I asked them what race they were training for they said Ironman Tahoe. I thought to myself, “Isn’t that about 9 months away?”
Coach Marilyn Chychota's demo of hill strides with a butt flick drill to increase power and refine proper form
When triathletes talk "benchmarking" they usually fall in one of two camps: The "old school" heart rate advocates and the "new school" power junkies. But does it have to be one or the other?
The approach to the swim for triathletes usually comes from one of two perspectives:
Either way, the impact the swim has on the total race is commonly overlooked.
Every year Endurance Corner puts together a two-week challenge for our athletes to up their swim training in February. This year we wanted to expand this challenge beyond our team and encourage anyone who visits the EC site to join us. Winter has been harsh this year (I’m pretty sure it’s snowing in Miami right now) and motivation can start to wane as the weather continues to be less than cooperative.
With that in mind, right now is the perfect time to give your swim fitness a bump with a two week overload.
Dr. Larry Creswell's article on amateur triathletes and doping brings to light what I've known for a while. Lots of athletes are using PEDs.
If this is news to you then you're probably in a mixture of shock, denial and anger. I have spent years moving between these emotions.
While many of you have already planned out your season there are still a lot of athletes picking their peak races and trying to assess the best way to go about it. When I approach the planning of an athlete’s season I tend to look at in a slightly different than some others.
We may be a little into 2014 already, but as I sit back and reflect on 2013 and think about what worked in my coaching and what I can improve on, I can not help but think about each athlete I coached and what they have taught me.
Recently, an interesting study caught my eye. In the November 13, 2013 issue of PLOS ONE, a group of investigators from Germany reported on the prevalence of physical and cognitive doping in a group of nearly 3,000 age-group triathletes who took part in the Ironman Frankfurt, Ironman Regensburg, or Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden events last summer. The study was simple and the results were perhaps surprising.
We recently hosted a small webinar for EC coaches featuring Coach Alan Couzens that covered season benchmarking. A podcast of the presentation with corresponding powerpoint slides is now available for free.
Recovery is one of the most important pieces to endurance sports success but it's also frequently misunderstood. What does true recovery really entail?
For many long course triathletes, the big race of the season rolls into their life like a storm. They know the front is coming, they prepare for it, and then it meets life: family, work, and personal health. Like most storms forecasted by your local weather person, things seldom go to plan.
Earlier this month, IMTalk posted a question on their Facebook page about strength training:
“What type of strength training do you do (if at all), and do you believe it actually makes you better/fast”?
For the vast majority of us who have moved on to indoor rides, trail running, and sledding with the kids as “active recovery,” this period -- right now and for the next few months -- could very well be the most important period to the success of your 2014 season.
Our course profile for the Mercuryman Triathlon half iron-distance race in the Cayman Islands, provided by Sue Aquila.
In December I proposed a challenge to my squad to add 20 minutes of walking or jogging each day in addition to their normal training through the holiday season. As a coach I wanted to see who would commit to a challenge to give me some insight on where my athletes were motivation-wise.
As a coach, I’ve been watching cyclists get busted for bodybuilding drugs and wondering what I was missing.
Why would endurance athletes want to “get big?” Triathletes are always trying to “get small.”
Why are we seeing anabolic agents in ultra-endurance athletics?
Like we do every year, Endurance Corner is taking a brief hiatus during the holiday season. We'll be back in January with advice to help you have your best season to date.
In the meantime, here's a recap of our some our top articles from the past year, along with some gems that you may have missed.
The time of year is upon us to take stock of those items that have been accomplished over the past year, those that fell by the wayside, and those on the radar for the coming year. This year I wanted to go beyond simply making a list of goals, intentions and objectives. I wanted to evaluate what it is that inhibits or enables the execution of those items we choose or are able to accomplish: Sustainability.
Typically, my end of year piece is about lessons that I learned as a coach that are helpful for athletes. This year, I’ll take a different tack and share lessons that I’ve learned as a coach that are helpful to maintain the passion in our work lives.
I often write about pacing your year. At this point in the Northern Hemisphere, your race season is months away. If you start doing high intensity or race specific work now a couple things will likely happen: you'll either come into form too early or you'll fall apart physically because the preparation work to do race specific efforts isn't there yet. Your performance by the time race season rolls around is either going to go backwards or will come to a halt.
If and when (think positive people!) you qualify for Kona the first time, you will not be alone if you suffer from a case of imposter syndrome. Some of us do this routine quietly. Others of us will tell fellow triathletes how they don’t really belong because of (insert disqualifier for qualifier here).
After the 2012 season, I wanted to prove to myself that I wasn’t a fluke.