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…

Things I Know, Now

After 25 years in the sport you would think that I knew everything there was about training and racing for triathlons, yet I’m still reading about new ideas, practicing different things to improve my training, and rethinking things I had taken at face value. I thought I start out and jot down a handful of ideas and then…

A Bike Fitting with the GURU Bike Fit System

When cyclists think about getting a bike fitting they probably associate the process with buying a new bike. The sales person/bike shop owner/bike fitter does their own assessment on what size frame a person should be riding and then based on how sophisticated a system the bike shop uses, either sits that bike on a…

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…

The Streak Continues, 25 Years and Counting

Back in the summer of 1989 the only connection I had to triathlon was maybe something I read in Sports Illustrated or saw during the limited coverage of this crazy event held in Hawaii called Ironman. I swam for fun on hot summer days in the ocean, commuted to work on my bicycle with an…

To Shave or Not To Shave

I’ve had this topic on my to do list for a while, so when I read Jessie Thomas’ article Secrets of the Wind Tunnel in the July issue of Triathlete magazine, I knew the timing was right. To shave or not to shave, that is the question. Now for many of you this is a…

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…