Sunday, March 11, 2018

What Kind Of Engine Is Under YOUR Hood?

What kind of engine is under your hood? Have you ever noticed how some triathletes are super fast at short distances like Sprints (and maybe Olympic) races? Then, at the other end of the spectrum, there are the athletes who don't have that top-end speed but can go all day (and night.) Finally, in between are those who are pretty good at the middle distance events - Olympics and 70.3s.

I have a friend who is a great half and full Ironman triathlete. I could never beat him at those distances. Likewise, he'd never beat me at the short-course stuff. He's like a diesel over-the-road truck. Built for distance. Yes, those tractor trailer trucks can get moving but they're not like a dragster. Dragsters have amazing top end speed, going over 200mph in a quarter mile. They might blow their engine doing so, but they go as fast as possible over a very short course. The "NASCAR triathlete" has both speed and endurance but their best distances are mid-range races.

Point is, you need to know what kind of engine you have. If you're a diesel, built for the long haul, don't expect to blow away the competition in sprints. If you're a dragster, don't expect to hold that speed for a 70.3 or Ironman. Ain't gunna happen! YOU need to be careful not to "blow your engine" by trying to go TOO fast.

I started by going short, then medium, then Ironman (and ultra-distance running and cycling) longggg stuff. Over a number of years, I discovered I'm a sprinter - the dragster if you would. My problem comes from blowing my engine = pulling muscles, by going faster than I should. I could spend hours and hours training for the long stuff and never be competitive. 

How do you know what engine is under your hood? Look at your results. Look at how your body responds to certain kinds of training and time trials. Where are you most competitive? Invest there. Measure improvement there. Yes, have fun. Yes, experiment to discover your engine, but as you progress, develop your skills "driving" the vehicle you've got - Dragster, NASCAR or Diesel.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Importance of your "C" races. Learn from the Jackson 5

Remember the 'ol Jackson 5 song "A,B,C, it's easy as Do Re Me..."? Check this out for a refresher.
First thing we learn in school is the alphabet and the song that goes with it. So how does A, B, C relate to endurance sports and triathlon? You label your races for this season as A races, B races or C races.  You might have 1-3 A races, a few more B races and several C races. B and C should always serve the big-picture goal of nailing your A race(s).

I haven't raced since the end of last summer. It's been five months. But, I have laid out my whole race season calendar and labeled my races. Every, single, race has a purpose with an end goal. They're each part of a strategic plan leading (hopefully) to nailing four National Championship races and one World Championship race.

Yesterday I did my first race of this season - a C race. No big deal. No huge goal for it. No hoop-la or crowd. Just a local 5K running race.

It's purpose? Get my legs moving a little faster than normal training. Average a nice 7:30/mile pace, and...don't pull anything. There you go. That's it. But, it's very important in that it's the first rung on my ladder. Next weekend there is another C race with the purpose of running 7:15s. Then, two weeks after that, another C race, running 7 minute miles.

You see where we're going here? After those C races, I've got two B races hitting 6:50/miles, then 6:40s. In the midst of this string of non-A running races, is a B Cuba! Bucket list race. ITU has a World Cup race stop in Havana and an open (anyone can race) race. That too will serve a specific purpose, leading to Duathlon National Championships seven weeks later.

First C race no big deal? Actually, it kind of is. I'm using my 5-Zone Living system throughout all this and you can learn more about it here -

I've been blessed to win three USA Triathlon Regional Championships and two National Championships. A big part of the reason for that success is careful, strategic race planning (including C, B and A races) and the 5-Zone Living system. If you need help planning your season and nailing those A races, give me a shout.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Self Coached? Have A Full-on Coach? Many Just Need...A CONSULTANT!

Good article on self-coaching -…/why-self-coaching-can-be-a-good… 

...BUT, some endurance athletes fall between "I have a coach" and "I'm self-coached." Many don't want to pay for a full-on coach, but don't feel adequate to be completely self-coached. 

I connect quite often with those athletes who needs to "frame up" their training - more big picture month to month vs. receiving every, single, daily workout and exactly what to do each minute. They just want to be sure they're getting in the key workouts but want to decide themselves exact what and when to do them. 

What they need is a CONSULTANT vs. a coach. I love doing this with athletes. Give me a shout if you don't want to pay for a full-on coach but could use some input occasionally from a!  Face-to-face, phone, Skype, Zoom all good.