TriDot Triathlon Training The Importance of Strength Training During Off Season
During off season one of our top priorities should be to increase muscular strength. Incorporating strength training will improve your performance in all three disciplines, improve recovery, and reduce the frequency and severity of injuries. Strength training sessions will look different during off season. You can push your body a little harder. For example, I would have an athlete doing...
TriDot Triathlon Training Strong Before Long

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

TriDot Triathlon Training 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.

TriDot Triathlon Training 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. 

TriDot Triathlon Training Madden on Excellence

As the 2017 season comes to a close it is essential to start reviewing your season highlights and challenges and start the necessary planning to build your next season around your “A” race. Your “A” race should be the pinnacle of your season. It is the one race that you really want to master and demonstrate a high level of excellence.

TriDot Triathlon Training Why Core Strength is so Important for Triathlon

They’re not just for looks, guys and gals. Your abdominal section, or better yet your entire core, is the proverbial backbone of triathlon’s three disciplines – excuse the confusing anatomical metaphor.

TriDot Triathlon Training Swim Threshold

Most technically savvy triathletes are familiar with terms like “functional threshold power” on the bike or “lactate threshold for their run.” These are measurements of your pace based on your sustained threshold ability for a given amount of time; usually one hour. In other words, what is the maximum pace you can hold for an all out one-hour effort?

TriDot Triathlon Training How Many Training Hours Do You Need

There’s a saying by successful businessman and syndicated columnist, Harvey Mackay, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”

TriDot Triathlon Training Foam Rolling 5 Important Minutes for Triathletes

Self-myofascial release, or self-massage, is the technical term to describe foam rolling. Triathletes benefit from foam rolling because it targets a specific point on your body that is suffering from muscle tightness or knots.

There are major benefits to using a foam roller and the good news is it isn’t time consuming and you can do it while watching TV!

TriDot Triathlon Training Madden on Excellence Mental Excellence

What goes into a display of mastery? Why do some world-class athletes make a physical activity look so effortless? How much mental fitness is needed to achieve your personal goals, reach your personal best, or get on the podium?

I am a firm believer in the power of the mind and how it will contribute or take away from achieving excellence.