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Kurt Madden’s Hall of Fame Triathlon Career: A Lifetime of Excellence

Another top 10 finish at the Ultraman World Championships on the Big Island of Hawaii. That makes the fourth time that Kurt Madden has completed the triathlon-of-all-triathlons. He won two of the first three events back in 1983-85. Kurt Madden and Ultraman—and triathlon in general—are synonymous with winning and excellence. Starting his endurance-sport career in 1975, he’s still going strong. In fact, at this year’s Ultraman World Championships, he not only finished 8th overall and set a new age-group swim course record, he was inducted into the Ultraman World Championships Hall of Fame. Here are a few more of his accomplishments:   TriDot Coach, Ironman Certified Coach, USAT Certified Coach 3-Time Top 10 Finisher, Ironman World Championships 3-Time #1 Ranked…
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The Buzz Around the TrainX Challenge

A successful 2020 starts with a strategic preseason Your renewed strategy and focused work in the preseason are where next year’s race results begin. And this year, the preseason just got even better! We recently launched the TrainX Challenge, partnering with such noted brands as Cervelo, Garmin, State Wheels, ROKA, TriBike Transport, Rudy Project, TriTats, and UCAN. More than $50,000 in prizes will be awarded for “doing the RIGHT training RIGHT.”  Jeff Booher, founder and CEO of TriDot, said, “We’re certainly excited about all the incredible prizes—22 smart trainers in 22 weeks along with a $22,000 Ultimate Triathlon Dream Package giveaway. But our goal isn’t to give away free trainers, it’s to give athletes the opportunity to use TriDot, our…
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3 Essential Steps for Season Transition

Just as successfully navigating T1 and T2 transitions is essential in putting together a seamless and effective race performance, so is the importance of the transition from one triathlon season to the next. The time between your last race of this season and your first race of the next is a valuable opportunity to spend some time recovering and attending to any nagging injuries, evaluating your past training and race season, and discovering new techniques and setting new goals for getting faster for the upcoming season. Consider these important areas as you cool down from last season and warm up for the next: 1. Rest & Relax You’ve just completed another strenuous training and racing season of swimming, biking, and…
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TriDot’s Preseason Project 2020: Improved Times, Inspired Testimonials

The best time to get faster and stronger isn’t in the middle of a grueling triathlon season when you’re constantly racing and recovering; but when you can invest quality time and focus on your training. That’s what the Preseason Project (PSP) is all about. And TriDot has been perfecting it since 2011. PSP is an annual, season-long triathlon study designed to measure and improve training efficiency, measuring the incremental performance gains achieved through TriDot’s triathlon training optimization. With 13,000+ participants in every half and full Ironman event in the U.S. and Canada, actual training and race data is used to determine triathlon race ability improvement between athletes who used TriDot and those who didn’t (the “baseline”). The project derives its…
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From Preseason Project to the Big Island

In the early morning hours, before dawn breaks, 48-year-old Kit Allowitz is awake and grinding. The metrology development manager trains before the sun rises to ensure he can devote the remainder of his day to family and career responsibilities. Hours later in Colorado, Karen Cowles, a registered nurse working from home as a safety specialist with the FDA, is on the bike trainer, pushing through challenging intervals before her lunch break ends. Completing her workout during the day is key to keeping her evening hours open, where she will lead the track workout for her local training group.  In a Dallas Texas suburb, 30-year-old coach Elizabeth James wraps up her evening workout before settling into an orientation call with on-boarding…
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Why Triathlon Training Should be Fast Before Far and Strong Before Long – Part 2

In yesterday’s blog, we discussed two key reasons why “fast before far and strong before long” is a wiser, more productive training strategy: It emphasizes stamina over endurance and recovery over merely logging miles. Here are two more crucial benefits: 1. Fast Before Far and Strong Before Long emphasizes proper form Perhaps the greatest casualty in the “first far then fast” mentality is it often produces poor athletic form. As the body overstresses and is exhausted by the overreached distance, it starts to break down and lose form. The result is poor body mechanics, as the body isn’t as fresh, alert, and responsive as it should be. TriDot Co-Founder and four-time IRONMAN Jeff Booher cautions athletes to avoid “having too…
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Why Triathlon Training Should be Fast Before Far and Strong Before Long – Part 1

Traditional training principles and workouts in distance events often preach the theory that one must first conquer the desired distance and then work toward increasing speed and strength. This may at first sound good and seem to make sense. But it can be short-sighted, self-defeating, and possibly even injury-inducing. It can also result in meaningless and even harmful “junk miles” and increased training time. The better strategy is “fast before far and strong before long.” It’s one of TriDot’s fundamental beliefs which focuses first on developing strength and speed, and then emphasizes distance.  Here are two of four primary reasons this belief makes good sense and produces better results: 1. Fast Before Far and Strong Before Long emphasizes stamina, not…
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Jessica Baxter: Finding Gratitude in Every Moment

On August 25th, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall, burying much of Houston and the surrounding areas under several feet of water. TriDot Coach, Jessica Baxter, and her family, lost everything – their apartment, many valuables and even both cars.  If you've ever met Jessica, you know that she is one of the most positive and supportive people out there. In fact, last year she raced Kona and raised $40,000 for Women for Tri! She lives her life to serve others.  In the midst of loss and despair, though, she and her husband have remained full of hope and, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, she shares with you her personal gratitude list. When you have lost most everything, you realize how little value ‘things’ hold.…
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New York City Triathlon Race Report

Racing the NYC Triathlon was quite an experience, as is anything in New York. Everything there is big and that included my race nerves. Although I was comfortable with my training (thank you Coach Kathy and TriDot), I was not comfortable with the logistics of moving around New York. This race required me not only to get to New York from Gainesville (Florida), but to drive into the city itself (a first in my 32 years of driving). I also had to ride my bike from Midtown to Transition on the West Side and back again. Luckily, this was an incredibly well organized event AND I had my NY guide and generous friend, Jonah, to lead me to transition and…
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TriDot Check-In: Yu Hsiao – Part Two

What attracted you to TriDot? How did you first hear about it? I appreciated TriDot’s scientific approach to training. None of the training is left to guessing. I first heard about it through my coach, Nicholas Thompson, whose impressive career I’ve followed over the years. When I heard he was coaching for TriDot I contacted him. What is the uniqueness of TriDot from other training systems and technologies? No other coaching platform has the comprehensive software engine that generates a training plan based on countless data compiled over the years. TriDot’s training is driven by data and science, and is then adjusted by experienced coaches which I think makes for a perfect combination for high performance sports. How has TriDot…

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