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Endurance Nation Ironman Racing System, Part II: Racing with Power

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Endurance Nation coaches Rich Strauss and Patrick McCrann introduce and discuss their system for preparing for and executing the Iron distance bike leg with a powermeter. The text below is an introduction. Please read and then listen to the podcast. Be sure to also visit the Endurance Nation Podcast Channel to browse our library of…

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Power Zones for Long Course Training

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Question: what power zones/levels should I be targeting during my Ironman® training? Rich Strauss: The power training world speaks the power language described by Coggan and Allen in “Training with Power,” the WKO+ software, etc. This is based on Functional Threshold Power (FTP), or your average watts for a 60′ time trial effort. Training and…

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Training with Power Series: What is Training with Power

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Endurance Nation is a virtual triathlon team for long course athletes. Experiencing  phenomenal growth in 2008, from 0 to 400 athletes, Endurance Nation has also become known as THE place for power-training and racing triathletes. About 70% of Endurance Nation athletes train and race with power. The coaches and founders of Endurance Nation, Rich Strauss…

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Training with Power Series: What is Training with Power

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Endurance Nation is a virtual triathlon team for long course athletes. Experiencing  phenomenal growth in 2008, from 0 to 400 athletes, Endurance Nation has also become known as THE place for power-training and racing triathletes. About 70% of Endurance Nation athletes train and race with power. The coaches and founders of Endurance Nation, Rich Strauss…

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Off-Season Guidance

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Now is often the time of year when athletes begin planning their training time in preparation for next season’s goals. Motivation levels may be running low, with many athletes experiencing mental fatigue after a long season of focused training. Or motivation may be high, as athletes have seen a glimpse of what can be possible…

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Improving Your Swim Technique

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I’ve got news for you. The former swimmers in the triathlon community are sandbagging. We have formed a conspiracy to keep swim splits ridiculously slow, compared to what we could do “back in the day.” We can do this because we have a stroke and you don’t. If you guys spent as much money improving…

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JV to Varsity Ironman

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This summer I’ve coached a solid 12 to 14 athletes to Coeur d’Alene and IMLP. I’ve been with several of these folks for multiple seasons and for the others this was the conclusion of our first season together. It has been great to be a part of their evolution across one season, often to their…

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Triathlete Volume Strategy III: The Big Triathlon Week

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Ed Note: This three part series will look at how age group triathletes can build in volume to reap the benefits of going longer without compromising their current training cycles. This is Part 3 of 3. In Part One of this series, we covered the overall benefits of adding volume to your endurance training regime…

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Big Training Weeks

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Two Types of Big Weeks There are two types of Big Weeks, and they are implemented according to a schedule. The first Big Week is single sport specific – cycling only please. The second week has a more multisport focus, with your hitting bigger volumes across all three sports (and for total hours as well).…

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Tour of California 2009: Lessons Learned

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Every February, Endurance Nation holds a Tour of California camp, a seven-day cycling adventure. The camp rides nearly every stage of the Tour, leaving 2-3 hours ahead of the pro peloton each day as it rides a wide variety of terrain and stages from NorCal to SoCal. Every year we are reminded of the following…

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