Lost your triathlon mojo?

Help, I’ve lost my mojo!.

After two straight years of solid (although inconsistent) Ironman training I found that I’ve completely lost my triathlon mojo.  I’m struggling to even hop on the bike, and as those who know me will attest, that’s not normal.  I have zero races on the calendar going forward and have no motivation to sign up for one… until this past weekend! Continue reading “Lost your triathlon mojo?”

Sighting in Open Water

sighting with alligator eyes

You spent the winter working on your swimming.  On race day, will you be able to navigate properly and take advantage of that new-found speed?  Sighting is a skill that needs to be practiced regularly before race day.  Here are some sighting tips to help prepare for your open-water race Continue reading “Sighting in Open Water”

Improving Ankle Flexibility

Improving your ankle flexibility can have a dramatic impact upon your swim splits by reducing the amount of drag created by your legs.  If your feet “hook” when you swim they act like parachutes at the end of your legs and will slow you down.  In extreme cases, the hooking effect can actually produce negative propulsion. Continue reading “Improving Ankle Flexibility”

How a 20-Minute FTP Test Should Feel

Did I leave it all on the bike during my FTP test?Have you ever finished a 20-minute FTP test and wondered if you had done it right?  Had you really gone hard enough?  Were you concerned you left something on the bike?  Should you re-test?  One of our athletes has provided a tongue-in-cheek look at how your FTP test should feel.  Continue reading “How a 20-Minute FTP Test Should Feel”

When to Perform a Lactate Threshold Field Test

Lactate Threshold Field Test
stopwatch

I received this email last night.

“. . . my training zones are from a field test I did two-years ago.  At what point should I re-test?  Should I be relatively “fresh” when I test?  I lifted yesterday, and wrestling kicked my butt so I’m sore as heck.  Wait till next week?  Or does it not matter because it’s based on max effort?” Continue reading “When to Perform a Lactate Threshold Field Test”

Setting Heart Rate Training Zones

Formulas aren’t accurate

If you have been training for any length of time, you have probably heard about ‘Training Zones.’

Do you know how to set your training zones?  More specifically, do you know how to set your heart rate (HR) training zones? Continue reading “Setting Heart Rate Training Zones”

Swim Threshold Pace – What is it?

After stroke technique, the next most important thing to improving your triathlon swim speed is understanding swim threshold pace (STP).  You can swim hundreds of thousands of yards each month and if you don’t understand swim threshold pace, those training yards may not have been as effective as they could have been – and they may have been wasted time altogether.  On race day, without an understanding of swim threshold pace, you will likely be swimming to fast – leading to lactic acidosis with the obvious negative effect; or swimming too slow – with the equally obvious negative effect. Continue reading “Swim Threshold Pace – What is it?”