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Your Fitness Is Like Water

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Coach Patrick outlines why having a plan is only a small part of being a self-coached triathlete…it’s how you manage your body’s response to the training that separates you from the pack. How well do you know your body’s signals for fatigue? Impending breakthrough? Learning to know yourself is a distinct competitive advantage.

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Marathons and Triathlon Training

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* Marathon training then creates some significant opportunity costs for the triathlete looking to become a faster triathlete

1. At some point marathon training begins to compromise get-faster-on-the-bike training.
2. Marathon training, in my experience, is not the best and most time efficient tool to make someone a faster runner, to lift their VDot. Stronger, more durable, can go longer…yes…but for me that’s what we do in the last 16wks or so before an IM. Before that we focus on making you faster.
3. The net is that you don’t really get that much faster at either: your marathon training isn’t super great cuz you’ve still got your triathlete hat on = riding a bike, etc. And your bike doesn’t get much faster because you’re having to compromise your bike training because of all the marathon running you’re doing.

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Endurance Nation Volume Strategy, Part II: The Big Bike Week

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In Part One of this series, we covered the overall benefits of adding volume to your endurance training regime and how to implement this volume in such a way that would allow you, the age group triathlete, to maintain a work/life/family/training balance, aka a Big Volume Week. In this second installment of the series, we…

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Endurance Nation Volume Strategy Series, Part I: Why Go Long

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This three part series will look at how age group triathletes can use volume to reap the benefits of going longer without compromising their current training cycles. This is Part 1 of 3. 2009 is fresh out of the oven and there‚Äôs a lot of season planning going on in the tri world. Or at…

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Paleo Diet, Modified for Endurance Athletes

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Rich wrote this article back in about 2003-4, when he was coaching as Crucible Fitness In November I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Cordain present his Paleo Diet at my Ultrafit training weekend. As some of you may know, his theories have been getting a lot attention among endurance athletes, largely due to…

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