The Base Phase

January is upon us, hopefully you’ve taken a break since your last triathlon, followed the suggestions I made in Off-Season Training, and are now wondering how to get started on this year’s training plan. The time between now and 2-3 months before your “A” race is the time to focus on building/rebuilding your aerobic base,…

2013 By The Numbers

I look back on the past year and I see my life in transition, having been diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia in July 2012, I have spent a lot of time since then trying to resolve this issue. Changes in my job required major changes to my life and my workout schedule, while working around…

PE vs. RPE vs. AT vs. LT vs. FTP = HUH?

Acronyms, previously the domain of the military, the medical industry, and large businesses, you either love them or hate them. In today’s high paced world of immediate information overload, where phone calls and emails have been replaced by text messages and 140 character tweets, they’re here to stay. The problem is that sometimes we actually…

Off-Season Training

It’s December, you’ve had a long season of training and racing and your last race was in September. Since then you’ve taken a break, signed up for a couple of races next year, and now you’re wondering what you should be doing with your training this month. As this is a transitional point in the…

Holiday Gift Ideas

With the holidays upon us I thought I’d take a stab at some gift suggestions for the significant triathlete in your life, or to offer suggestions to your significant other to help them out. Being three sport athletes we seem to need a lot of gear and are always looking for some new way to…

The #1 Training Mistake

People ask what’s the one thing I can do to improve my times and I tell them that the number one mistake that most triathletes make is training too hard on easy days and too easy on hard days. Simply put, each workout is designed to train either your aerobic or anaerobic system, so you train…

15 Years and Counting at Wildflower

Note: This race report was previously posted on the SB Tri Club webpage, May ’13 Pre-Race My first Wildflower race was back in 1995, the first year I starting racing long course triathlons; I was the cyclist on a long course relay. Since then I have raced the long course four more times (with a…

So You Want to be a Triathlete

So you want to be a triathlete, do ya? Do you know what you’re getting yourself into? Let me see if I can describe what you can expect if you’re coming into the sport brand new, i.e., a newbie, or have done a few triathlons with a minimal amount of training or commitment. If you’re…

The Practical Triathlete

So what exactly is a practical triathlete, isn’t that an oxymoron? Can the term practical even be associated with triathlon and triathletes, a sport that requires you to “master” (a loosely used term), three different sports executed back-to-back-to-back? On the surface, I would say no, but let’s look more closely at the word itself, practical.…