Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Triathlon Coaching Clinic in Boulder

December 6 and 7, 2014 (one and a half days, ending at noon on the 7th)

Camp cost: $159.00.

Should Triathletes Use Activity Trackers?

After my bike wreck this summer, my first priority was to keep moving. I started walking the morning after my accident. I haven’t stopped walking since my accident.

Coming Back From a Layoff - Part 2: The Long-Term Break

Coming back from a long layoff doesn’t have to be hard, but it is not something that will just happen.

More or Less

Before offering advice, I like to ask:

Are you willing to change?

Now, at the early stage of a relationship, the answer is always YES!

However, the reality is most people are not able to change and that leaves the advisor with one tool… the manipulation of “more or less.”

Planning Your Nutrition Focus

After smashing my ribs and clavicle this season, I decided to use my down time to work on learning more about nutrition. Once cleared to restart my Kona prep, I focused on chasing elite level body composition (women less than 18% body fat).

Should I Ride with a Power Meter?

As the season winds down and the training days get shorter we have time to think about next season’s goals and to look into the gear we want to get. It’s a good time to ask yourself, “Should I be riding with a power meter?” I have used a power meter for the last five years, so my answer is of course: absolutely!

The End of Your Season

At the end of the triathlon race season the two most common mistakes I see are athletes wanting to run a marathon or athletes taking way too long a break postseason.

Good News for Athletes' Hearts

Here’s some good news for triathletes on the “too much exercise” front. A recent report in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health takes a look at the heart health of recreational triathletes. The study deserves our attention.

How "Off" Should I Be?

People have different definitions of “off” when it comes to defining an offseason. For some, it truly means a break in any and all activity. For others, it can just mean they do whatever they feel like for a while. For myself, it has changed over the years and what I did 10 years ago is not the same as what I do now.

Money Workouts

You have heard the saying, “That was money!” or how about, “That’s money in the bank!” Neither one of these sayings have anything to do with actual money but have everything to do with making a gain in training.

How Long Can I Hold My Peak?

A couple of seasons ago, I had the opportunity to work with a small group of ITU athletes. The experience was fun and frustrating at the same time. It was a constant battle between building fitness and hanging onto this fitness during extended periods of racing. However, I did learn a lot from this different approach to racing.

What to Do When Your Priority Race Gets Cancelled

Most of you have probably heard by now that both Ironman and 70.3 Lake Tahoe were cancelled this year due to an arson fire that has destroyed over 89,000 acres. Devastating is the only word I can think of to describe what this fire has done in so many ways.

If you were one of the athletes planning to toe the line, what do you do now?

Training Progression Discussion with the Triathlete Training Podcast

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.

Strength Before Speed - Three Run Workouts

If your workouts are more impressive than your race splits then this series is for you.

Embracing Your World Championship

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.


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.

Coming Back From a Layoff - Part 1: The Short-Term Break

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!

Training Zone Calculator

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.

My Top Bike Tips

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.

Justin Daerr Ironman Boulder Interview with IMTalk

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.

The Hidden Cost of an Overly Aggressive Bike Position

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!

Swimming in the Front

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.

Stop Training and Start Practicing

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.