Triathlon Training: The Opportunities and Perils of Racing Before You’re 100% Ready

By Chris Carmichael Early in the season, many triathletes who are preparing for Ironman or Ironman 70.3 races later in the season have a series of preparation races on their schedules. We all try to plan our training so we’re optimally prepared for race days, but sometimes athletes, especially time-crunched athletes, get derailed and lose valuable training time because the kids …

Your Questions, Answered: “I know I’m about to get dropped but I don’t know what to do about it?”

  Your Questions Answered: “I do some of my cycling training with a local club, and during group rides I sometimes know I am about to be dropped but I don’t know what to do about it.” We’ve all been there, the wheel in front of you feels like it is slipping farther and farther away and the rider on …

Start a Training Tradition with a New Year’s Day Workout

By Chris Carmichael Progress. It’s what we’re all after, what athletes train hours, months, and years to accomplish. You might have personal or competitive goals driving you forward, but behind all of those there’s the necessity to make progress. And so we test ourselves. We do field tests, lab tests, test ourselves against our buddies, and of course test ourselves …

Tips for Boosting the Impact of Your Indoor Triathlon Bike Workouts

By Chris Carmichael I’m writing this article as wind-driven snow pelts the window of my office, reminding me more than ever that this is peak indoor cycling season! I’m a firm believer in utilizing relatively short and hard indoor training sessions, as opposed to mind-numbing endurance sessions staring at the wall or watching the entire “Lord of the Rings Trilogy”. …

Triathlon Training: Benefits of High-Gear, Lower-Cadence Cycling in Flat Triathlons

By CTS Coaches Nick White and Jim Rutberg Two of the Ironman races in the US feature relatively flat and fast courses, and the terrain can have a significant impact on your strategy on the bike. Neither Ironman Florida nor Ironman Arizona have hills to match those in Lake Placid, Wisconsin, or St. George. Instead, there are long stretches of …