Category Archives: Training

To Brick or Not to Brick

“Only the Sith deal in absolutes.” I know, I know. A hokey Star Wars reference. [Sorry, new Episode 7 trailer on the brain]. But in this, I have to agree with the Jedi. More often than not, dealing in absolutes … Continue reading

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USAT Art and Science of Triathlon 2014 International Coaching Symposium Recap: Keep it Simple

The USAT Art and Science of Triathlon 2014 International Coaching Symposium was held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this year—I know, rough—just upstairs from Interbike, where vendors showcased the latest and greatest in technologies and … Continue reading

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The Recovery Phase of the Swim Stroke is Exactly That

It’s easy to get bogged down in the technicalities associated with executing a proper swim stroke recovery and forget the guiding principle behind it. And that is . . . wait for it . . . to recover. From the … Continue reading

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Coach Rants: Follow the plan.

The conversation goes something like this: Athlete: “I had a lousy race. I’m injured. I’m feeling tired. I’m not getting faster.” [take your pick] Coach: “Ok. Well, let’s review what you’ve been doing in your training. How did that ten-mile … Continue reading

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Coach Rants: “But coach, it’s raining!”

  The conversation goes something like this: Athlete:  “It’s supposed to be cold and rainy this weekend. How should I adjust my training?” Coach: “Uh . . . perhaps you should Hasten To Find your Umbrella.“ Athlete:  “My umbrella?” Coach:  “Never … Continue reading

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Coach Rants: Hear you nothing that I say?

The conversation goes something like this: Athlete:  “I want an individual training plan, specific to me and my fitness level, so I can train smart.” Coach:  “Excellent. Let’s  talk about your workouts. We’ll set up a periodized plan—” Athlete:  “Can … Continue reading

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Todd Silva runs with ultra-running legend, Scott Jurek

Todd Silva had the opportunity to run with Scott Jurek, the ultra-marathoning legend, who won the Western States 100 seven years in a row–just one example of almost too many ultra-running credits to list. Todd lives in Orcas, WA and … Continue reading

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Coach Rants: When an athlete says, “I want to go fast!”

Athletes who have worked with us over several seasons and have done their training as indicated, have usually enjoyed steady improvement and done so without injury. But when we sit down at the end of the year to plan for … Continue reading

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Ironman Lecture Series 2013 schedule

In June, we will start our monthly Ironman lecture series for the ninth consecutive year. These lectures will be held on the first Monday (usually) of each month and will discuss in detail subjects pertaining to Ironman training and racing. Subjects will include training volumes, equipment … Continue reading

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Transition Phase of Training

After the big fall races of the triathlon year, many of you will be entering the Transition Phase of your training. The Transition Phase is about the closest thing we get to an off-season in triathlon. Keep in mind that … Continue reading

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