Weekend Reading: Does Sweating More Mean You’re More Fit? Plus 3 Winter Training Articles You Need to Read

The past few weeks have been particularly difficult for outdoor training in Colorado – and much of the US. In Colorado Springs there was a stretch of about 7-10 days when the high temperatures never even reached 20 degrees, and the nights hovered around zero. While there were some folks who ventured out in such extreme cold, the dramatic shift …

Triathlon Training: Mistakes, Wins and Lessons Learned at 2012 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii

By Lindsay Hyman Last weekend was the Kona Ironman, the big kahuna for thousands of triathletes around the world. On Monday, I asked several of the coaches who had triathletes competing in Hawaii what they learned from the pros and their athletes to see if there was any wisdom we could impart to those of you gearing up for Ironmans …

Triathlon Training: Developing the Speed You Need for 70.3 – and 140.6!

By Chris Carmichael With the countdown to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, I’m sure many of you half-IMers out there are wondering if you have what it takes to complete a full Ironman or qualify for Kona. The answer is yes, and the truth is that competing in half-Ironman events gets you into fantastic shape to make the …

Triathlon Training: Mid-Season Fixes

By Nick White and Chris Carmichael The complexity of triathlon is one of its most alluring attributes. You can get started simply, but then your engagement with the sport continues to grow and develop along with you. For time-crunched athletes the complexity sometimes needs to be trimmed back; there’s only so much time and focus you can apply to it. …

Triathlon Training: Comfort Begets Speed

By Chris Carmichael Take a look at the transition area at any Ironman race and you’ll see some of the latest and greatest technology available and used by amateur athletes around: carbon-fiber bikes designed in wind tunnels, tear drop aero helmets, specially cut wet suits and lab-tested sports drinks and nutrition. Everything’s designed to make you go fast, but you …

Triathlon Training: Avoiding Mid-Season Weight Gain

By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach By now you’re likely well into training for your next goal race, the one that will wrap up a great season in the next couple of months. And if you’re like many endurance athletes who measure their training in months, not just weeks, you may be dealing with an unwanted surprise: the sudden addition …

Triathlon Training: Stop Coasting to Shave minutes off your bike split

By Lindsay Hyman, CTS Pro Coach As a coach, it’s my job to find overlooked opportunities and strategies that lead to better results. One such opportunity presented itself as a result of gathering a lot of power data across a wide range of athletes, particularly when I compared an athlete’s power meter files from a training ride to one from …

Triathlon Training: DIY Insurance on Race Day: 5 Key Tips to Success

By Lindsay Hyman, CTS Pro Coach After working with thousands of triathletes for more than a decade, my coaching colleagues here at CTS and I have come up with a handful of mistakes we see competitors commit again and again that sabotage their races. Some are equipment related, some are connected with preparation, and some are mental. But the positive …

Triathlon Training: Spring Threshold Bricks Boost Long-Term Ironman Preparation

  By Natalie Bojko, CTS Senior Coach The middle of spring is an interesting time for many Ironman triathletes. Some of your are in your final training blocks leading into your Ironman races, while others are building toward summer and fall Ironman races. We frequently utilize shorter triathlons as a training tool for athletes; they’re fun and also great ways …

Triathlon Training: High Intensity for High Performance

By Chris Carmichael For a group that is perceived to be one of the hardest-working groups of endurance athletes, it’s surprising to see how resistant some triathletes are to high-intensity training. Triathletes will ride, run or swim all day long; and pack more individual training sessions into a week or a month than any other endurance athlete. But ask you …