Triathlon Training

TriDot Triathlon Training Strong Before Long
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In yesterday’s blog, we discussed two key reasons why “fast before far and strong before long” is a wiser, more productive training strategy: It emphasizes stamina over endurance and recovery over merely logging miles.

Here are two more crucial benefits:

1. Fast Before Far and Strong Before Long emphasizes proper form

TriDot Triathlon Training Why Triathlon Training Should be Fast Before Far and Strong Before Long part 1
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Traditional training principles and workouts in distance events often preach the theory that one must first conquer the desired distance and then work toward increasing speed and strength.

This may at first sound good and seem to make sense. But it can be short-sighted, self-defeating, and possibly even injury-inducing.

TriDot Triathlon Training Why Core Strength is so Important for Triathlon
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They’re not just for looks, guys and gals. Your abdominal section, or better yet your entire core, is the proverbial backbone of triathlon’s three disciplines – excuse the confusing anatomical metaphor.

TriDot Triathlon Training How Many Training Hours Do You Need
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There’s a saying by successful businessman and syndicated columnist, Harvey Mackay, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”

TriDot Triathlon Training How to Handle the Head when Triathlon Training
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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.’

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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 Stop Running Junk Miles Run
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If you’ve ever said, “I would never train for my triathlon by running miles that don’t have a purpose,” then you might need to do some honest evaluation of your training history.