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Training Tip – Get Out of That Training Rut

When we start out as newbies in any sport, a little training can show big results. But as we get fitter and more experienced, the training improvements become subtle and sometimes we get discouraged and feel like we’re in a training rut. We work hard but don’t see any improvemen
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Training Tip –  You Are What You Eat

Usually athletes fall into one of two extremes as far as eating is concerned. Those who eat healthy and those who feel they exercise a lot so they can eat whatever and as much as they want to eat. If you push your body in training and competition, you want to make sure it’s in tip top
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Training Tip –  Insufficient Heart Rate Recovery Sets

Here’s a workout you can add to your training schedule to strengthen your heart and lungs, and to train the body to keep going through fatigue. This is not a beginner’s workout. You should have many miles under your belt before you attempt it. And the benefits can be huge especially i
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Training Tip – Mid-Season Recovery

We’re just past the mid year and if you’ve been training steadily since January, now may be a good time to take a short mid-season recovery break. Most serious triathletes know the value of periodization in which you alter the volume and intensity of workouts to reach peak perfo
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Training Tip – Focused or Distracted? Which Is Better?

What do you think about during a race? Do you focus on what you’re doing, or do you allow your mind to drift and be distracted away from the discomfort that your muscles feel? Some athletes may wonder which is better. I recommend some of both. It seems obvious that staying focused is
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Training Tip – Stay Healthy in the Swim

There have been several news articles recently about people contracting serious bacterial infections while swimming or playing in the ocean and gulf waters. Since many of us swim open water throughout the year, I investigated and came up with some information that I hope you find usef
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Training Tip –  “Perfect Circles” on the Bike

For optimal efficiency on the bike, you want to apply steady and equal force on the pedals through the entire 360 degrees of the pedal turn, making “perfect circles”. Many novice cyclists only push down on the pedals which reduces power and efficiency by as much as 50%. To practice pe
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Training Tip –  Don’t Under-train the Swim.

I have read too many coaching tips to newbie triathletes that advise swimming twice a week with three or four bikes and runs a week. The argument given is that the swim is the shortest part of the race, and usually you don’t win a triathlon with a strong swim. I disagree. There are se
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Training Tip – “Easy Monday’s”

Most working triathletes train hardest and longest on the weekends when they have more free time. So when Monday rolls around, you’re sometimes a bit fatigued and the Monday workout can be a drag. One part of your brain says take the day off, and another part of your brain says
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Training Tip –  The Ups and Downs of Running Hills

With only a few exceptions, going up and down hills is inevitable where ever you run. Some people hate hills, others not so much. But if you know how to run them, both the up and the down, you’ll realize that hills aren’t so bad. Here are a few tips for running hills. Running up hills
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