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TriDot Check-In: Yu Hsiao – Part One

What is your athletic background? I’ve dabbled in many sports, including soccer and aggressive inline, but I also swam, cycled, and ran throughout middle and high school. I also spent most of my childhood playing badminton and cycling with my dad.  I fell in love with cross country running during high school, where I ran the famous hills in Fremont Older of California. There was something magical and alluring about a long, 10-mile run out in the trails and hills by myself that I just couldn’t get enough of. With cross country, that led to cycling with my varsity teammates, doing century rides from Cupertino to San Francisco and other endless epic rides. In college, I combined my two favorite…
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Texas-sized Triathlon Success at IRONMAN Texas

Tell us about your experience at the 2017 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship Texas in Houston? IRONMAN Texas was everything that I was hoping for in a race performance this season. When I first completed IRONMAN Wisconsin in 2015, I was very conservative. The distance intimidated me and my main goal was to cross the finish line with a smile on my face (I finished at 13:35:32). I accomplished that goal, but with too much “left in the tank.” At the Wisconsin finish line, I was proud to have finished my first IRONMAN event, but I knew that I didn’t race to my full potential. Going into IRONMAN Texas, I was looking not only for a personal best, but…
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TriDot Check-In: B.J. Leeper

When did you begin triathlon? Basically, I picked up triathlon about 8 years ago, and raced my first triathlon the end of the season in 2009. The most remarkable story I’ll share with you is that I got into triathlon actually on a whim. I had a friend who had done several triathlons, and he has the same body type as me (we’re both about 6’4”), so he talked me into borrowing his bike. I’d never swum competitively before, and obviously didn’t even own my own bike then. I grew up playing collegiate basketball, and was a high jumper, so running was like a four-letter word—it was only used for conditioning and punishment! So this friend of mine talks me…
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How to Overcome Pain in Triathlon

Pain is a wholly necessary component to success in anything. You don’t get good at your job without some struggle or challenge. In triathlon, pain is the primary currency for improvement. It may seem scary at first, but there are ways to overcome pain that perhaps you haven’t considered before. Here are a few mental exercises that, if incorporated consistently in your daily routine, can help you rethink how to handle pain.   Prioritize Goals more than your Feelings Being driven is often lauded as a positive attribute to have. As triathletes, our non-athlete friends have probably asked us how we can put ourselves through so much suffering. We must be driven, they say. Before feeling warm and fuzzy about…
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TriDot Check-In: Kurt Madden – Part 2

How did you learn about TriDot? I was doing some research in mid-May reading some triathlon articles, and I read somewhere online where an athlete used TriDot. There was a hot link on it so I accessed it. I looked at it and before I knew it I started talking to [TriDot Coach] John Mayfield and we visited for quite a while. I told him I definitely wanted to know more about TriDot. Before I knew it, we made the decision that it would be good for me as an athlete, and that I could use it in my coaching business. I speak with a lot of coaches and I know many of them spend their Sunday nights sitting down…
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TriDot Check-In: Kurt Madden – Part 1

What is your athletic background? In high school I was a good swimmer and I also played football, which was unusual. Not too many people did that. I learned as a child growing up that I had excellent endurance and that, although I wasn’t a top athlete, I could keep up with everyone. I didn’t compete at the collegiate level. My parents were definitely not athletes. I grew up in the inner city of San Diego where I learned to survive. If you were a good athlete, you could pretty much stand your ground. I think in some ways it was good for me because it gave me the grit and mindset to continue to be the best I could…
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TriDot Check-In: John Mayfield – Part 2

JOHN MAYFIELD is a USA Triathlon certified and TriDot coach and has been working with athletes since 2009. He has partnered with numerous athletes to complete their first triathlon, others to win their age group, and others to become Ironman finishers. As a husband and father of three, he understands training, racing, and coaching must be balanced between family and other life priorities. What attracted you to be a triathlon coach for TriDot? I have been a TriDot athlete since 2010.  Working with Coach Boo [Jeff Booher], I experienced big gains in my performance and set PRs at every distance. When I started coaching, it was just a natural progression to join the TriDot team.  How has TriDot impacted how…
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TriDot Check-In: John Mayfield – Part 1

JOHN MAYFIELD is a USA Triathlon certified and TriDot coach and has been working with athletes since 2009. He has partnered with numerous athletes to complete their first triathlon, others to win their age group, and others to become Ironman finishers. As a husband and father of three, he understands training, racing, and coaching must be balanced between family and other life priorities. When did you begin triathlon? 2009. How many triathlons have you competed in and what distances were they? Approximately 50, including sprint, Olympic, 70.3, and Ironman distances. What first attracted you to triathlon? I agreed to my first endurance event during an extended flight layover, so I probably wasn’t using my best judgement. After my first triathlon,…
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Tri Terms: Preseason-vs-Inseason

TriDot defines an athlete's "Preseason" as the time beginning a few weeks after that athlete’s last triathlon in one season to about four months before their first one in the following season . By contrast, their “In-season” is the time starting about four months before their first race of the season through their last race of that same season.   “Preseason Training” provides athletes with the best opportunity to improve their functional threshold power/pace for the coming season.  This threshold represents their race potential.  The preseason also gives athletes the unique opportunity to do the training that's optimal for them versus being forced to do the long sessions or high volume necessary to complete the race distance–unless of course these type…
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TriDot Check-In: Ken Bramble

KEN BRAMBLE is President and COO of Booher Consultants, LLC, a global training firm specializing in all forms of corporate communications. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business marketing from Kansas State University and serves on the boards of the Church at Coffee Creek and Habitat for Humanity International. Married to Michele for 21 years, they have two boys, Logan and Blake. When did you begin competing in triathlons? I began triathlon in 1999. Prior to that, I was a runner and mountain biker. I was even a lifeguard for a time. A friend of mine invited me to a duathlon, I loved it, and things went from there! How many triathlons have you competed in and what distances were they?…

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