TriDot Triathlon Training Madden on Excellence Mental Excellence
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What goes into a display of mastery? Why do some world-class athletes make a physical activity look so effortless? How much mental fitness is needed to achieve your personal goals, reach your personal best, or get on the podium?

I am a firm believer in the power of the mind and how it will contribute or take away from achieving excellence.

TriDot Triathlon Training How to Handle the Head when Triathlon Training
| Jared Milam | Read More

For most triathletes, training in the heat is brutal. Not only is the heat and humidity physically draining; it’s mentally demoralizing. In fact, as a triathlete in training, you may even be struggling with the mere reality of garnering enough courage to train outside during these few intense months.

TriDot Triathlon Training Triathlon Cycling Pedaling Technique
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In Part I of our post on triathlon cycling: pedaling technique, I discussed the differences between toe down and heel down and, with all other things being equal, the lack of advantage one has over the other.

Today we’ll look at the implementation of toe down or heel down when cycling on flats vs. climbs as well as the pedaling technique known as ‘ankling.’

TriDot Triathlon Training Triathlon Cycling Pedaling Technique
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Toe Down vs. Heel Down

Pedal efficiency is a cycling nerd subject. We all know how to ride a bike but the triathlete who’s really dedicated really wants to know how to ride a bike. Really.

Pedaling technique is an argument over how to be more efficient. Should you ride toe down? Heel down? Or somewhere in between?

TriDot Triathlon Training NYC Triathlon Race Report
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Racing the NYC Triathlon was quite an experience, as is anything in New York. Everything there is big and that included my race nerves. Although I was comfortable with my training (thank you Coach Kathy and TriDot), I was not comfortable with the logistics of moving around New York.

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When you’re not “in it,” finding the motivation to train is a difficult hurdle to climb. The desire to train doesn’t usually spark out of thin air. It’s developed by positioning yourself within the right mental and physical circumstances.

TriDot Triathlon Training Misconceptions about Carb Loading
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At some point over the past four decades or so athletes created a picture in their mind of what carb loading looks like. And that image became a big bowl of pasta the night before a race. In reality, effective carb loading for any endurance event, much less triathlon, is much more involved than this.

First of all, why do we “load” carbs prior to a race?

TriDot Triathlon Training Running-Watch Metrics Part 2
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Last time we started a post-series talking about running-watch running dynamics and what part cadence plays as a metric for triathletes. Today we’ll be covering two other metrics that new running-watches are capable of tracking and discuss why you should be paying attention to them.

Ground Contact Time

TriDot Triathlon Training Running-Watch Metrics Part 1
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“Metrics” has been one of the fancier new buzzwords to grace the triathlon scene in recent years. Athletes want proof that the payment in suffering they’ve footed will recoup dividends in return. And why shouldn’t they? Visual evidence of improvement is a confidence booster and a predictive tool of what to expect come race day.

TriDot Triathlon Training Madden on Excellence from Adversity to Excellence
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As I child growing up in a dysfunctional home in an inner-city area, I learned about the realities of adversity. Adversity was all around me and overcoming challenges both at school and at home were a major part of my everyday world. To manage these uncertainties, I learned the importance of persistence and always striving to do my best in all endeavors no matter how bad things appeared.