There are people who need to exercise, and who absolutely benefit from exercise. But exercise also has a dark side - dangerous disadvantages that affect thousands of people each day.
On Sunday, July 24, over 2,000 athletes competed in the 13th Ironman Lake Placid. Last year's winner, Ben Hoffman, was back to defend his title (coming off several 70.3 wins over the past year, including Branson, Boise and Munice), but he faced a tough men's field, including Luke Bell (Hawaii 70.3 champ), Eduardo Sturla (IM Brazil winner), and TJ Tollakson (coming off a solid race at IM St. George and a win at Eagleman). Tollakson led the race from nearly the get-go. He came o
Are you thinking about signing up for a sprint triathlon this year? From Ben Greenfield, here are 10 ways to make your sprint triathlon training productive, efficient and enjoyable.
The advent of the power meter or more specifically, the ability to record every second the wattage, heart rate, cadence, etc. has allowed us to discover more specific details of our training, but as a coach, I really needed to be able to quantify the exact training ‘dose’ more simply than 2 x 20 minute intervals at FTP. I needed a score.
How would you like to improve your race performance by three percent in four weeks? Three percent isn’t much, you say? Well, that would mean going from a 2:30 Olympic-distance finish time to a 2:25. For an Ironman three percent off of a 12-hour time would put you at the finish line 21 minutes sooner. Intervals are the key to such gains — if you do the workouts correctly.
In the world of multisport athletes, bike-run or “brick” workouts are very common. One of the main reasons behind brick workouts is to get the athlete accustomed to running well while fatigued after coming off the bike. Here are some other brick-type workouts to increase performance.
While high-intensity and high-volume training is not necessarily harmful, long periods of time spent training in this mode, can lead to inadequate or incomplete recovery.
Overtraining is a common mistake made by many endurance athletes. Using the Performance Management Chart can help you find the balancing point between just enough and too much.
The summer months wear on athlete's as temps soar and days get longer. We'll give you some tips to make sure you get the most out of your training, no matter how hot it gets.
The Tour of California is just as difficult as the hardest week of the Tour de France; coach Dirk Friel explains why.
One of the most common requests I receive as a coach is to don my prognosticator hat and answer the question “How fast will I go on race day”.
Properly using Scatter Graphs can help you dig deeper into analyzing your power files and plot a variety of metrics against each other. Hunter Allen tells you how to use a Scatter Graph to give you the information you are looking for.
As the days are starting to get longer, now is a great time to be thinking about your upcoming season. Keep in mind this advice from Joe Friel on the dangers of over-training!
Have you ever stopped to consider why you use technology in your athletic life? Here’s why you should.
All else being equal, the lighter you are, the better you will perform as a cyclist or runner. But, of course, all else is not equal. As you lose weight, various aspects of your internal physiology change, especially if your weight loss is primarily training induced.
“It’s better to be 10 percent undertrained than 5 percent overtrained.” I think we can agree that this rule is true in spirit, but not literally true.
Most triathletes have one or two disciplines that frustrate them. Here's how to turn that discipline into your strength.
Coach Matt Fitzgerald compares linear and non-linear methods of periodization and determines which method might be best.
There are a million different ways to do an interval workout on the bike. And that’s just the problem. With so many formats to choose from, how do you decide which workout is the best workout for you?
FTP is the maximal running pace an individual can sustain for an effort of approximately 45 - 60 min in duration. Here's how to determine your FTP.