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Three Insider Tips for Racing Lake Placid

Lake Placid is one of the crown jewels of the North American Ironman® circuit. It has something for everyone, from a great course to race on to a beautiful backdrop for your friends and family to enjoy their trip as well. But it’s still an Ironman, and it’s still going to try and put the…

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Rethinking the Value of the Brick Run for Long Course Triathlon

Making improvements to your training approach is a critical annual exercise if you are looking to improve. As coaches we perform the same review, although we have the benefit of looking at training and results from a detached perspective. And our top change for the 2012 season is a big one: we decided to eliminate…

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The Case Against Brick Workouts

As part of our most recent rewrite our entire triathlon training plan suite (OutSeason, Half and Full Ironman), we decided to eliminate brick workouts (runs off the bike) as a “special” workout. After years of reviewing results and the feedback of our athletes, customers, and comparing both with our own training and racing experience, we…

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The Long Course Run/Walk?

“Should I walk the aid stations at my next Ironman® run or just run through them?” We’ve been recommending a run/walk strategy for our athletes and at our “Four Keys” pre-race talk for years. It works and these are our thoughts: Run through the aid station to the last water, gel, coke, sportsdrink guy/gal, whatever…

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Long Course Athletes: Stop Running Longer than 2.5 Hours!

In a recent blog post I challenged the scheduling of the long run on Sundays following the traditional long ride on Saturday. I’d like to stir things up again by encouraging you to stop running longer than 2.5hrs in your weekly long run. Ironman® athletes will often receive advice from training partners or coaches pretending…

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Stop Running Long on Sunday

I’ve been fightin’ this fight for years and, in my opinion, it’s a clear line in the sand that separates Old from New Skool. It clearly identifies coaches and self-coached athletes who get it vs those who don’t have enough experience, haven’t done it themselves, and/or haven’t stepped back to think things through more critically.

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When To Go Big With Your Triathlon Running

In a previous post outlining how we recommend building run fitness across a triathlon season by emphasizing the importance of building fast over far. [link:A Season of Triathlon Running Fitness] If you read that article, then you learned about the hidden cost of volume, velocity vs volume, and the importance of benchmarking. Or perhaps you have reviewed our online training manual (free, here) and seen how we build a season.

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