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Swim

Triathletes Don’t Need to Kick, Right?

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Written by Rich Parker of Fit Visual Coaching I have heard it many times over ‘I need to save my legs for the bike’ or ‘there’s no point kicking, I wear a wetsuit anyway’ or ‘kicking is just a waste of energy’.  I even know of a triathlon club (which will remain nameless!) that does all its swim sessions with pull-buoys, such is the strength of feeling that freestyle kicking is unnecessary.   However, all the major swim programmes in the world recognise the value of the freestyle kick, as do all the professional coaches I have met. And, purely on… Read More »

7 Tips for Improving Your Open Water Swimming Breathing

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Perhaps you’ve ever gulped a mouthful of water whilst open water swimming. If so, then you’ve experienced first-hand how different breathing mechanics can be in open water. Sure, you may have mastered breathing in the controlled environment of a pool, but add howling winds, bobbing waves, freezing water, and a swarm of competitors into the mix, and you’ll quickly realize that open water breathing is a different ball game altogether. One of the key aspects of improving your open water swimming could actually come down to weight management. Because this post focuses on breathing tips, take a look at this… Read More »


Bike

Powerful Breathing Techniques for Cycling

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It goes without saying that cycling is about a lot more than just pedaling hard to win a race. Consistency, technique, breathing… the list goes on. But even the most experienced cyclists sometimes fail to maximize their breathing efficiency to optimize their performance.  Having a proper breathing technique can give you the edge over your competition and make pushing that bit harder come naturally. But to do so, you need to understand how to breathe efficiently and what different breathing techniques entail. There’s no one-size-fits-all technique that suits every cyclist. The trick is to try several different types and variations… Read More »

Aero Helmets for Triathlon, Time Trial, and Road

Time Trial Cyclist with Triathlon Aero Helmet

Next to having aero bars or a time trial bike, an aero helmet provides the best ROI in terms of reduced drag and maximized speed. Whether for triathlon, time trials, or road racing, an aero helmet can save significant watts while enhancing airflow and comfort. With cycling technology evolving every year, the spectrum of aero road helmets continues to grow. Choosing the right helmet to match your riding type, fashion sense, and price point is not an easy decision (especially if aesthetics matter). If you’re in the market, here are 10 of our favorite aero helmets for triathlon, time trial,… Read More »


Training


Have a Bad Race or Training Session?

negative self talk

How Successful Endurance Athletes “Flip the Script” on Negative Self-Talk This article was co-authored by coach Jeff Lukich of Drive Multisport, LLC and Maria Simone of No Limits Endurance Coaching It’s normal to have negative self-talk after a bad workout or race – It’s only human.  It’s just impossible to think “happy thoughts” all the time.  In fact, it can sometimes be counterproductive because forcing ourselves to do so can be a form of denial and prevent us from truly addressing our concerns.   Successful athletes are able to quickly “flip the script” and reframe their thinking.  When we can reframe our thinking,… Read More »


Jogger’s Nipple? Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

Runner feeling Jogger's Nipple in Cotton Tshirt

Learn to prevent one of the most common issues among runners: “jogger’s nipple.” From toe blisters to cracked lips, runners encounter a host of bodily issues. These problems come in all sizes and often require adequate care and attention, especially among long-distance runners. Jogger’s nipple is one of those issues that frequently crops up. Also known as runner’s nipple, or by symptoms like nipple chafing or nipple bleeding, this abrasive skin irritation can become a serious problem that shouldn’t go ignored. Jump to: Symptoms | Causes | Treatment | Prevention           View this post on Instagram… Read More »


Recovery


3 Best Supplements for Runners, Cyclists, and
Endurance Athletes

apple cider vinegar fat burning supplement runners cyclists

When figuring out the best supplements for runners, cyclists, and endurance athletes, the common denominator is recovery. Certain, high-quality supplements contain specific ingredients (and in optimal quantities) that help accelerate muscle repair and the overall recovery process. Mindful supplementation allows athletes to train more often and more effectively at target intensities. Not only can such products provide a nutritional edge for elites and professionals, but they can also be helpful tools for age groupers and average joes. Kaged is a brand that checks all of the boxes, from world-class quality to science-driven engineering. In exploring beyond your conventional protein powders… Read More »


Can I Workout With COVID? A Coach’s Perspective

can i still exercise workout with covid

This article was contributed by coach Jeff Lukich of Drive Multisport, LLC. There is no doubt that COVID has impacted endurance sports – athletes, coaching, and events. Since 2020, COVID-19 has touched every aspect of the industry. Last week, I was on a call with several coaches from across the U.S. One coach said that 60% of his athletes had or have COVID. And many other coaches report a high number of athletes being diagnosed with the illness. The numbers are staggering, and how an athlete manages COVID could impact how quickly they can come back to the sport.  So, what do you… Read More »


Reviews

Aero Helmets for Triathlon, Time Trial, and Road

Time Trial Cyclist with Triathlon Aero Helmet

Next to having aero bars or a time trial bike, an aero helmet provides the best ROI in terms of reduced drag and maximized speed. Whether for triathlon, time trials, or road racing, an aero helmet can save significant watts while enhancing airflow and comfort. With cycling technology evolving every year, the spectrum of aero road helmets continues to grow. Choosing the right helmet to match your riding type, fashion sense, and price point is not an easy decision (especially if aesthetics matter). If you’re in the market, here are 10 of our favorite aero helmets for triathlon, time trial,… Read More »

Best Triathlon Running Shoes for 2022

best triathlon running shoes

Take these 7 triathlete-centric running shoes for a test run. With all the gear that goes into multisport, triathlon running shoes are one of the most important investments. Feeling confident on your feet in the last leg of the race is crucial to performing your best, not to mention feeling good logging all those training miles. Next to having a properly fit bike and wetsuit, quality running shoes are key. But when it comes to footwear, everyone has unique feet and shoe preferences – from zero-drop and cushy soles to wide toe boxes and weightless feel. Finding your best triathlon running… Read More »


Inspiration

Have a Bad Race or Training Session?

negative self talk

How Successful Endurance Athletes “Flip the Script” on Negative Self-Talk This article was co-authored by coach Jeff Lukich of Drive Multisport, LLC and Maria Simone of No Limits Endurance Coaching It’s normal to have negative self-talk after a bad workout or race – It’s only human.  It’s just impossible to think “happy thoughts” all the time.  In fact, it can sometimes be counterproductive because forcing ourselves to do so can be a form of denial and prevent us from truly addressing our concerns.   Successful athletes are able to quickly “flip the script” and reframe their thinking.  When we can reframe our thinking,… Read More »

Chris Hauth’s “Clarity, Intention, Purpose” for Ultra-Distance Training & Life

Chris Hauth Weekly Word Podcast

You may know Chris Hauth as a highly-regarded, Zen-like ultra-distance athlete who competes and coaches athletes in a myriad of events. Or you may know him as an Olympian swimmer, IRONMAN champion, ultra adventure athlete, or a noteworthy guest on the Rich Roll Podcast. In 2016, Chris published the first episode of The Weekly Word Podcast. The podcast initially started as a way for Chris to communicate to his athletes and followers, but quickly grew to be a popular podcast for those seeking valuable, actionable, and inspiring content surrounding the ultra-endurance journey.  Fringing on being a mindfulness life coach, Chris… Read More »


Strength & Injury

Why Runners Lift Weights and Weightlifters Run

why runners lift weights and weightlifters run

Running and weightlifting might appear to be on completely different sides of the sports spectrum. But that doesn’t mean they can’t form a symbiotic relationship.  In fact, an increasing number of athletes are discovering the performance potential in this unique partnership. Runners who lift and weight lifters who run can improve their all-round performance—if the balance is right. Together, these two very different exercise disciplines can make you a much more rounded and effective athlete.  So, why exactly do runners lift weights and weightlifters run? Well, there’s an abundance of reasons. Below, we’ll look at each one of them.  How… Read More »

6 Common Running Overuse Injuries and How to Treat Them

Most Common Running Overuse Injuries

Running is a vital aspect of many athletes’ training and livelihood. But running can also take a heavy toll on one’s body. Runners are used to having minor body aches and pains from time to time, but a running injury is an entirely different story. More than 80 percent of running injuries1 are caused by repetitive stress on certain parts of the body. And believe it or not, even pro runners and athletes still succumb to these overuse injuries. Below are six of the most common overuse injuries in runners and how to deal with them.   1. IT Band… Read More »


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