Coaching Tips

Coaching Tip: What’s Your Mantra?

Coaching Tip:  What's Your Mantra? We all have moments while training or in a race where we question and doubt ourselves. I will never forget during Ironman Louisville in 2013, I wondered why I was racing, why I even race at all! I was lacking motivation in the...

Coaching Tip: Bike With the Core

Coaching Tip:  Bike With the Core When I first started biking, my wrists hurt every time I got in the saddle. I couldn't imagine how other people road for so long upright (not in an aero position), and I figured I needed to increase my upper body strength to eliminate...

Coaching Tip: 2 Swim Caps

Coaching Tip:  Wear 2 Swim Caps Triathlon is a contact sport, at least in the swim it often is. Athletes kick. Arms pound the water. People get a foot in the face or fingertips grab their toes. What happens when one of those kicks or hits lands right on your goggles...

Coaching Tip: Open Water Swim Crocodile Eyes

Coaching Tip:  Open Water Swimming With Crocodile Eyes Sighting in an open water environment is almost an art form. It doesn't come naturally (I don't think) and requires practice. When I first started in triathlon, I counted strokes until I would sight again. It...

Coaching Tip: Secure Your Timing Chip

Coaching Tip:  Secure Your Timing Chip The timing chip in a triathlon race is essential! If you lose your timing chip, you won't have a time at the end of the race. You will most likely end up with a DNF next to your name, meaning Did Not Finish. The timing chip is a...

Coaching Tip: Wear Socks, Where?

Coaching Tip:  Wear Socks, Where? Triathlons often start on the sandy shore of an ocean or lake, since the race starts with the swim. The ground may be rocky, grassy, sandy, and wet. Triathletes stand around in their wetsuits, waiting for the gun to go off or for...

Coaching Tip: Eat to Reduce Fatigue

Coaching Tip:  Eat Properly to Reduce Fatigue I have been feeling sluggish lately, and I reached out to my Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Julie Sparkes, at the Athlete's Palate. She suggested I review my daily nutrition. Among other things to consider, such as...

Coaching Tip: Run Form

Coaching Tip:  Angle forward to run more efficiently. “It’s more about correct body position than a lean per se. You want to make sure you aren’t arching your back, and sticking your butt out. I emphasize a very slight forward lean from the ground, not a bending at...

Coaching Tip: Transitions

Coaching Tip:  Practicing transitions (T1 and T2) is crucial to a successful triathlon race. Have someone time your transitions. Practice, practice, practice. Keep in mind the steps you will take and repeat that over and over to yourself as you run into transition....

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