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Is Fitness More Important Than Technique?

swimmer-girl.gifBy Lance Watson (home.trainingpeaks.com)

Is fitness more important than technique for the new triathlon swimmer? The definitive answer to this question is, of course, it depends! In fact, many swim coaches will prescribe both within their swim sets.

As a triathlon swim coach I have the opportunity to see many types of swimmers as they join our group. Some are adults who swam a lot in their youth, either at the local pool, competitively on a high school swim team, or even in college. They may have been out of the water for 15 to 20 years and put on a few extra pounds, but as a coach, right away you know they can swim. Their technique may be a little rusty, and they may be out of breath after 50 yards but in a month or so they will be back making waves with their lane mates....

Cadence Debate Stuff...

cadence.gifSince we’ve started selling training plans on trisutto.com I have been asked frequently about bike cadence and why I’m such a proponent for age-group and pro triathletes from non-cycling backgrounds using low cadence training:

By Trisutto.com
My view is that if an athlete has not had the advantage of a competitive cycling background then the ability to learn how to ‘feel’ the pedal stroke, which enables a rider to spin effectively, is lost to all but an exceptional few.
Indeed, many professional cyclists who train between 750km to 1200 km a week never acquire the ability to use the high-cadence technique effectively. So if professional riders spending 6-days a week training a minimum of 4-5 hours a day are not able to find it, then what hope does someone with no cycling background putting in a maximum of 200km have of mastering the ‘Lance Armstrong high cadence’ model? In my experience very little....

80/20 Stuff...

T1-guys.gifYndeCam Photo - A great pic that has little or nothing to do with the story.

By Mackenzie Lobby Havey (triathlon.competitor.com)

Follow the 80/20 rule for new performance gains.

To get to the finish line the fastest you have to power through at your hardest effort, but when it comes to training, a growing body of research confirms that endurance athletes should be doing 80 percent of their training at a low intensity and the other 20 percent at a moderate or high intensity. Simply put, hammering your way through every workout is ill advised.

The latest of these studies, published in the Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, demonstrated this by rounding up a group of recreational runners who ran between 30 and 43 miles per week. Half of the participants followed the 80/20 rule, ...

Not Resenting Your Triathlete Husband...

resentment.gifBy Laura Radniecki (trueagagpe.net)

The word “triathlon” had very little meaning to me five years ago.
I knew what a triathlon was, and I knew a few friends who had taken the triathlon class offered back when we were in high school. But aside from knowing it included three different sports, and sometimes involved a big race called an Ironman, I didn’t know much.
Oh, how things change.
My husband Matt spent 2005-2009 as an Active Duty Marine, stationed on Oahu, Hawaii. During that time, he did two tours to Iraq. Matt’s time was spent either training up for a deployment, or readjusting back to normal life after returning stateside, leaving little time for hobbies.
In 2010, we had moved back home to Minnesota, and Matt was in an accelerated bachelors degree program at the local college. He was busy, but life looked very different from what it had the previous four years....

Chocoholic Animalitarian...

jen-and-monkies.gifWARNING - This post may contain silly embellishments.

Going Off Course - Forest Lake triathlete JEN WILSON is a Humanitarian. She has a huge heart and works tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association.

She is also an "Animalitarian." A big part of her Texas-size heart is devoted to animal stuff and other than her husband, who looks kinda like a sandy-blond version of Tom Cruise (photo L), circa 1990, she loves animals more than anything, with the possible exception of chocolate.

It should come as no surprise that Jen is a Veterinary Technician, which is really a vague title, but we think that it means that she helps veterinarians take care of sick and/or injured animals.

With her Tom Cruisey husband, Mr. Wilson, she owns and lovingly cares for TEN animals, not including the squirrel monkies (photo L), which she named Rafiki (Swahili for "Friends") and Abu (a minor god of vegetation in Sumerian mythology), that she tried unsuccessfully to smuggle out of Mexico. Five of her personal pets are horses, which eat and poop a lot. We reckon the Wilson's are doing well financially and are thus able to afford to feed their animals. Even at Costco, bags of Purina Horse Chow aint cheap. And remember, Jen's got to feed her dogs, cats and rabbit, too. (FYI, rabbits don't really like carrots, not the orange carroty part, anyway. They prefer the leafy top.We thought you'd like to know that.)

Wow! That's a lot of expensive eating and stinky pooping! It's probably for the best that Jen and Mr. Wilson couldn't keep the monkies....

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