Let’s go run some circles! A quick guide on why you are doing track workouts. Read more How Volunteering Makes You a Better Athlete
Every time you start training for a race, whether it is a marathon or an Ironman everyone says “you’re going to do some track work right? It’s the only way to get faster!” Then you get tons of free advice on what track sets to do and when to do them. Trouble is that advice […]
Read more Failing to Plan = Planning to Fail
As you build your plans for the upcoming season, I challenge everyone to add one more important component to their schedule: giving back to the sport. This can be as simple as showing up early to do body marking at one event to running an aid station on course or helping out at a club clinic. From […]
Read more TTFU – No More Excuses!
By now you should have a good idea of what races you plan on doing this year. If you don’t – you better get on it, as they will sell out.
Read more Consistency + Adaptation = Fitness
Athletes can make up a hundred excuses to skip a workout. Maybe you’re not feeling well. Your foot hurts. You had a hard day at work. The list goes on and on. I can think of many excuses not to get out of my warm bed at 6am when it is 39 degrees outside, only […]
Read more Coach Jim’s Ironman Arizona Race Report 2017
This is the time of year when training tends to take a back seat to life, which is understandable. There is a time to train and there is a time to make up for missed time with family and friends, and now is that time.
Read more Why Stress? Race Day Mantra
My mantra going into Ironman Arizona was “perform within my abilities.” No matter what anyone else was doing on the course, I was going to race MY race. Too many times in the past I had come out of the swim last in the professional field, put in too hard of an effort on the […]
Read more Functional Threshold Power: Ins and Outs of arriving at your number!
Your Ironman race is around the corner. Other athletes are starting to talk about the ugliness that awaits you. Every online blog article emphasizes the Hell you’re going to experience on Ironman race day. Wind, heat, hills, cramping, stomach issues, special needs bags, race morning routines, and on and on and on. All of this […]
Read more Running Technique Exercises
Before we start throwing numbers around let’s start with a simple definition of Functional Threshold Power (FTP) as it pertains to the bike: The amount of power, expressed in watts, a rider can hold for 60 minutes. Pretty simple sounding but a little tough to nail down because a) it is not a static number […]
Read more Proprioception and Triathlon
For anyone who watched the Ironman World Championships last week, you witnessed a clinic in how to run by Patrick Lange, the winner and new Ironman World Champion. His stride looked effortless, long, light, and fluid. Patrick is a natural runner which showed in the way he ran, maintaining perfect technique for the duration of […]
Read more The road to more power on the bike isn’t to go harder!
What is Proprioception? Proprioception is defined as: The unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself. In humans, these stimuli are detected by nerves within the body itself, as well as by the semicircular canals of the inner ear. As adults, it can be difficult to learn […]
Read more Carbs, you key to racing success!
Triathlon racing, which lacks the teamwork and peloton components of road racing, is an individual experience and relies solely on the abilities of the athlete. Add to that more affordable power meters and the cycling leg of a triathlon, for better or worse, has become a numbers game. For a faster bike split you need to […]
Let’s be blunt about this: If you don’t consume carbohydrates, and lots of them, while you are racing you will not go as fast as you could, period. Don’t give me your anecdotal evidence of how you went fast in a recent 5k fun run. I am talking about events lasting more than 90 minutes and up to 100 milers. There is study after study showing this to be true, it’s not a deniable fact, yet getting athletes to eat enough during their races is a daunting task. Why?? Mostly athletes worry about gastro intestinal distress and it seems they would rather try and to suffer through a race instead of getting an upset tummy. Let’s explore what’s really happening.