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Developing Swim Workouts...

heather-detroit-swim.gifBy Heather Lendway (for gearwestbike.wordpress.com)

Depending on the distance triathlon you’re preparing for I would recommend spending at least three days a week at the pool if you want to see improvement in your times (anything less would likely just maintain your current speed).  One session should concentrate on longer distance sets to help build your aerobic capacity.  Another session should be more quality and speed work; swimming sets at and above your endurance threshold.  The third session should have more focus on technique including stroke work and drills.  If you’re training for an Ironman distance race you may want to get in four or five swim workout each week.   That said, no matter what distance you’re training for, you’ll achieve maximum improvement swimming 4-5 times a week, but anything more would greatly increase your injury risk.   If you can get a couple extra swim workouts in I would add a quality workout then a distance workout...

Former Nail-Biter & Bus-Dweller...

jas-band.gifWARNING: Some of this content may be slightly embellished.

Going "Off Course" - Bemidji-based du/tri-athlete Jasmine Carlson has led, and continues to lead, a very atypical life, one that is extremely interesting and experientially rich. Words that describe her include: Itinerant, entrepreneurial, altruistic, mom, daughter, sister, erudite, musician and fetching.

The charismatic, home-schooled, fluent in Spanish 'cuz she lived in Mexico for a while, 29-year-old neat freak describes her itinerant past and entrepreneurial present:

"I live in an intentional community with my whole family and some transient others and have lived that way for years. We co-parent our kids and own a couple of coffee shops together.


"I traveled for 11 years of my life. In a converted bus. I’ve seen every state but Alaska."

 

Pretty interesting, huh? Love the hippiesque, Plato vibe. Hope she gets to see Alaska sometime soon. Maybe she could hang out at Sarah Palen's house, which would allow her to see Russia from the back deck....

 

Indoor Bike Training Doesn't Have to Suck...

bike-trainer.gifSecrets to making trainer time fly. (No mind-numbing needed.)

By Marty Munson (triathlon.competitor.com)

Stop thinking of your indoor trainer as a buzzkill and start thinking of it as what it is: an opportunity. “The biggest advantages are efficiency, safety and the ability to sustain the effort, cadence and wattage you want without interruption,” says Robert Pennino, founder of Terrier Tri in New York City. “The specificity with which you can work on the trainer can’t be replicated outside.” Not to mention the fact that pros including Tyler Stewart and Andy Potts are tearing up their share of bike courses while reportedly doing most of their training indoors.

So how do you make gains on the bike trainer without losing your mind? A few secrets from the experts: ...

Redefining Success...

woo-hoo.gifBy Dr. Mitchell Greene (usatriathlon.org)

A majority of triathletes reflect on their season’s races, and feel as though they underperformed. A flat tire here, a slow swim there, and then there’s that forgettable run where you basically walked. A triathlete learns all too quickly that competition offers no guarantees and provides no refunds. Most shake off their season’s disappointments and rededicate themselves to training smarter and harder in preparation for the following year.

However, some find that their dissatisfaction turns into despair. They start to prepare for the upcoming season, but training feels more like an obligation than a form of...

Looking Back at a Kicka$$ Year...

suzie-and-nephew.gifBy Suzie Fox (via Facebook)

Day to day I am really hard on myself, but looking back, 2014 was a pretty kick a$$ year! I'm an aunt! So many hours of training that I planned for others, so many miles I have raced & logged with great friends, so many wonderful family memories, so much nephew love! Instead of FB picking my top photos of 2014, I picked my single favorite picture of 2014 & my top 5 moments:


5. Crossing the finish line of Ironman #3 in March in Cabo San Lucas as 6th amateur female overall


4. Crossing the finish line of Ironman #4 in Sept in Madison, WI as 3rd amateur female overall


3. Taking my nephew to the MLB home run derby, all-star game & NLCS with my entire family...

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