Coaches Corner: Swimming in Open Water


Getting out of the pool and into open water can invigorate your triathlon experience, but it’s a brave new world when there are no longer lanes, walls, and a controlled environment. Follow these tips to best navigate the great, big blue. Hang Back. Unless you expect to be in the front pack of the [...]

First of all, here's a handy Train Like a Mother Triathlon Gear Checklist. Good to look over now; make sure you either already have everything you need or you have a plan to get the goods. (Most races allow for a USA Triathlon (USAT) one-day membership, if you don't have an annual one.) Next, let's think [...]

Mental toughness is knowing how to find fuel in an empty tank. All of the physical preparation you’ve done leading up to your race is critical, but there’s one more aspect that can make the difference between simply finishing or finishing strong. That’s mental preparation. In triathlon, you’ve got to stand tough under duress. You’re [...]

Why wear a wetsuit in triathlon? Two simple reasons: To stay warm and to improve your swimming. First, the heat. Official rules allow participants to wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower; if the water temperature is between 78.1 - 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards. [...]

What to wear on race day? Might be harder to answer than what’s for dinner? There are many options when it comes to clothing for racing triathlons The most important thing to remember when selecting your tri racing kit are selecting clothing that’s comfortable and aerodynamic (meaning there’s little opportunity for air to get between [...]

The Brick: let’s just call it a practice race. It’s a rite of passage for all triathletes, and one that goes so much better with a little prep work. Here are some tips to maximize your workout: Dinner. Eat your pre-race dinner the night before. What to eat? Keep it simple. The key is [...]

Power is the ability to apply greater force to the pedals.  If you want to improve your power, you must learn how to efficiently pedal your bike. Power, Explored Power is work divided by time. Work is force times distance. In cycling, force and distance are determined by your gear size. Time is dependent on [...]

  Food: it’s one of the most important aspects of triathlon training, as critical as the bike, run and swim workouts you do every day. Proper nutrition can make the difference between performing your best or simply finishing your race. Best Practices Just as you train your body to run, ride, and swim, it’s [...]

Often, triathlons are won on the run. Yet most of the time, an athlete’s legs feel like a sack of bricks when she swaps pedals for racing flats. To train for this dynamic shift in sports, we do “brick workouts,” practicing transitioning from cycling to running—or swimming to cycling, but that’s often an easier [...]

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