Q. What intensity zones should I expect to be in while racing my triathlon? The intensity at which you are able to race can vary depending upon your experience level. In general, more experienced athletes are able to maintain a higher intensity throughout races. This is not only because they have a stronger aerobic foundation that allows them to engage in higher intensity … [Read more...] about Q&A: Triathlon Race Intensity
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” These lines, often attributed to Goethe, seem particularly appropriate as the calendar turns the page into the New Year. If you have had your sights set on a dream you have never quite been able to act upon, heed the call. Begin it. Begin it now. Here are three … [Read more...] about Begin it Now
In a previous article, I outlined some warmup protocols for running events. Here, I discuss the warmup for triathlons. With three disciplines and additional pre-race logistics, race morning at a triathlon looks a bit different than at a single sport event. But the warmup still plays an important role in injury prevention and preparing the body for the rigors of the race. The … [Read more...] about The Pre-Race Warmup for Triathlons
A Purpose for Every Workout This article is not about semantics; it is about how to improve athletic performance through effective race preparation. But I want to start by considering the difference between a workout and training. Defined as “a session of vigorous physical exercise,” a workout is an important element of training. Yet training—defined as “a course of … [Read more...] about Why and What’s the Reason For?
In a previous article, I discussed a common pitfall many motivated athletes fall into. Namely, they fail to take prescribed easy or low intensity workouts seriously, letting those workouts morph into not-so-easy sessions that take them into a counterproductive “dead-end training zone.” In this article, I sketch out a scenario to illustrate in more specific terms the concept of … [Read more...] about Avoid the Dead-End Training Zone, Part 2