Training and Racing With Injuries

The impetus for this blog, as you may have already guessed, is my dealing with an injury that has affected by ability to train for my first “A” race of the year. I’ve been doing this a long time and have been relatively lucky when it comes to injuries; I’ve had them but have not…

Racing the Wildflower Triathlon, a Primer

For over 30 years, excluding last year during the drought, the first weekend in May means a road trip to Lake San Antonio and the Wildflower Triathlon festival. With four different races at three different race distances to choose from, sprint(s), Olympic, and Long Course (i.e., almost a Half Ironman and NOT a 70.3 race),…

Are You a Lazy Runner?

The New Year is here and it’s time to get with the program, meaning time to go over those goals you set last year after you reviewed the season’s racing and to start implementing them. I know that concept is foreign to a lot of people, reviewing their performances over the year and then making…

Fast After 50 and Intervals on the Bike, the Basics

I am writing this in response to the many conversations I have been having with the 50 and older guys, and some of the not so old women, in my riding groups with regard to doing interval training on the bicycle; apparently many of us just don’t do them. We do long rides to build endurance and we…

Speed Work on the Track, Why and When Should You Do This

To be the best Triathlete you can be, you need to swim with the faster swimmers, bike with the faster cyclists, and run with the faster runners. As Maverick and Goose proclaimed in Top Gun, “I feel the need, the need for speed!”, we triathletes might similarly proclaim I have the desire for speed. So…

What Does “Strength Training” Mean to You?

The topic for discussion at the Santa Barbara Triathlon Club March meeting, hosted by club prez Aldous Pabon, was myth busting. Aldous brought together a panel of local coaches, Matt Trost, Jason Smith, John Abrami, and nutritionist in training Chris Latham, with yours truly, to try and separate the facts from the fiction from a…