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Taper Science And Art

By Coach Maria Simone Ah, the taper. Depending on your response to taper, you are either dreading this period in your training, or you are eagerly looking forward to it.  Personally, I love the taper. I imagine my body putting itself back together after weeks and months of hard training. It is a time when[…]

5 Things Beginners Can Do To Improve

By Coach Jason Bahamundi If you’re reading this article, then you are giving endurance sports a shot. That is the first thing you did to improve as a beginner – and probably the most important. Pat yourself on the back and then grab a cup of coffee, because we are going to discuss 5 things[…]

HIIT Training: What, When, and How

By Coach Maria Simone High Intensity Interval Training, a.k.a. HIIT, makes your muscles AND lungs burn and scream. These are the sessions where you beg for mercy – only to realize the endurance sport gods don’t care.  More scientifically, HIIT works your anaerobic energy system, with intervals that are approximately 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length. Depending[…]

An Introduction to Gravel Bike Riding and Gravel Triathlon

By Coach Mike Stout  Do you love trying new adventures, such as cycling off road, and running trails? If you do, then a gravel triathlon offers this and so much more. Instead of riding & running on the road you’ll get the opportunity to experience the challenge of racing on a variety of terrain and[…]

It’s Not All About the Base

An Overview of the General Preparation Phase of Training By Coach Maria Simone The following are pairs of headlines I found on the internet after a simple search for “base training in endurance sport.” You may read through these articles and headlines, and scratch your head. What the heck?!? Should I go long and easy,[…]

How do we run?

An overview of the gait cycle and 3 common form issues By Coach Maria Simone As an endurance athlete, you’ve likely been asked: “Why do you run?” Our friends and family are so curious about why we put so much time and energy into our training. A less-often asked question is: “How do you run?” In[…]

You signed up for a race. Now what?

By Coach Maria Simone You pause for a moment as the anticipation builds. You click “register.” Just like that: your journey to race day begins! So, um, what happens now? This article helps you answer this question, by outlining the initial steps to your race day success. Set Goals. Your success begins with a vision[…]

Create the Year You Want

5 Tips to Make Your New Year Resolutions A Reality By Coach Maria Simone Many of us will take part in the tradition of making new year resolutions to be better in some way. But, for many, the commitment to these resolutions will dwindle as the sparkle of the new year fades. In fact, most will not continue[…]

Some Basics of Threshold Testing for Swimming, Cycling & Running

Many of us have come to recognize fitness or threshold testing as 20-60 minutes of pure burning hell. It typically involves a lot of drooling, cussing, burning sensations, and squirrely-feeling body parts. For some, vomit may be involved. These assessments are not simply meant as terrible torture devices. They provide important information regarding our functional[…]

Achieve Your Goals – Don’t Wish for Them

John qualified for the 2012 Ironman World Championships at Ironman Cozumel in November, 2011. In the year leading up to that race, he wrote down his goals and posted them in our home office, as well as on his desk at work. Those sheets of paper were daily reminders of what he was working toward. They[…]

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