Drafting 101: Riding with a USAT Official, Part II

Now that you’re familiar with the rules for drafting during the bike leg of a triathlon, Drafting 101: Riding with a USAT Official, Part I, with those in mind I once again asked Jonathan Lewis a few questions to help sort out what I was seeing. Fred: As a racer I feel like I see…

Drafting 101: Riding with a USAT Official, Part I

The bike portion of a triathlon is an individual time trial, the key point being individual. Sitting behind another rider, shielded from the wind is called drafting and it is illegal because it is cheating. When you are drafting you are not riding as an individual and therefore you are gaining an advantage over your…

Bike Out/Bike In Safety

Anyone that has stood at bike out or bike in at a triathlon has likely seen many different approaches to how to get on and off a bicycle to start and end the bike leg of a triathlon. Some of them are very good; some of them are not so good. On the eve of…

Race Day Swim Anxiety

I want to focus on something that is more common than a lot of people might think, a triathletes anxiety/fear on race day morning before and during the swim.  And I’m not talking about just pre-race butterflies, did I bring all the right gear, or the normal jitters. I’m talking about multiple trips to the porta-potty, increased…

When to Ride Hard During a Race

This is a repost from the SB Tri Club Coach’s Corner blog, April 2013, in case it looks familiar to anyone… I just re-read parts of Joe Friel’s latest book, Power Meter Training, which got me thinking. As athletes gear up for the next set of early season races, I wanted to present some data…

Is Your Equipment Ready To Go Racing?

As the season is unfolding in front of us, some people already having put in one or two races, if you haven’t done your first race of the year, now’s the time to think about checking out your equipment. I posted an Equipment Checklist awhile back, so if you’re not sure what you should be…

Why We Race

We meet some of the most fascinating people at the races. Equipment and physical problems are at their purest in racing. Racing pries us loose from our desks, teaches honesty through humility, and its fun. We like all those things – people, problems, honesty, and fun.  Oh yeah, you can eat like a pig the…