Listen Up! Podcast: Tri By the Rules

Today's Listen Up! podcast addresses the interpretive world of triathlon rules. My guest to discuss this topic is USAT Official Scott Tafoya. Scott has been an official for over four years and an endurance athlete himself since junior high, completing two Ironman races.  About Coach Vicki TriDot Triathlon Coach Vicki Vandergriend hosts Listen Up!, a TriDot podcast channel dedicated to topics, features and profiles related to the sport of triathlon and triathlon training. Coach Vicki has been mentoring and coaching since 2009, with numerous clients making it to the podium and many setting PR’s.  Her coaching is focused on athletes training smarter, not harder. This is the reason she uses TriDot. Their technology and big data find hidden insight in athlete training data that produces better results in up to 30%…

Listen Up! Podcast: The Psychology of Triathlon

Today's Listen Up! podcast addresses the important topic of mental preparedness for triathlons. My special guest to discuss this often neglected topic is Tory Robinson. Tory is Director, Sports Performance and Psychology for Infinite Sports World, an Official Holistic Training Facility of TriDot. He has been in the fitness industry for over 14 years. He promotes adherence to healthy attitudes and behaviors that maximize performance on a daily basis. He also strives to offer an innovative and integrative approach to helping people achieve their health and performance goals. Tory's therapeutic approach reflects a strengths-based, holistic and interpersonal style. He holds a Master's of Science in Sports Psychology from Capella University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University…
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TriDot and LAVA Magazine Introduce First-of-its-Kind IRONMAN Course Rating Index

New IronIndex to Rate Difficulty of all IRONMAN Full Iron Races in LAVA’s Road to Kona Issue    Southlake, Texas – TriDot and LAVA Magazine announced an exclusive partnership today to jointly promote TriDot’s new IronIndex Triathlon Course Rating in LAVA’s “Road to Kona” February/March 2016 issue. The issue will rate and rank each IRONMAN (140.6) triathlon course. TriDot, known for its highly personalized, analytics-based triathlon training software, used its data intelligence assets to create the proprietary 1-100 point difficulty index for any iron-distance triathlon course. The index is a 1-100 composite index measuring each course’s level of difficulty based on three sub-indexes:  Terrain & Climate, Strength of Field, and Body Mass Variance. TriDot’s variable-weighting science factors these three indices…
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Are Power Meters Worth the Investment?

That depends on whom you ask: I'm pretty sure your financial planner will advise against it, but your triathlon coach will likely give a resounding endorsement. A power meter is an investment in yourself. While other big-ticket items such as high-end bike frames and aero wheels will produce marginally faster splits, they do nothing to improve the cyclist turning the pedals. Conversely, adding a power meter will serve as a tool to make you a stronger, more efficient and a more educated rider. Prior to power meters, heart rate monitors were the best tool available to prescribe, monitor and track intensity in training and racing. While heart rate monitors do offer a quantification of effort level, the results can be…
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Go Open or Long in Triathlon Swim Training

I understand the comfort of your indoor 25 yard short course pool.  Your times are familiar.  Compared to what I’m about to talk about, they’re fast.  And that short way to the other side is the oh so forgiving wall. Now if you’re a Master’s swimmer who is only going to compete at meets in a short course pool for the rest of your life … ignore this post.  However, if you’re a triathlete (and if you’re on this site more than likely you are), then you might want to hear me out. You need to be open water swimming or swimming in a long course pool, preferably 50 meters.  Here’s why: 1.    Better Stamina Building Whether you’re a professional at flip-turns or…

Three Simple Steps to Calming Race Day Nerves

The morning of your triathlon you may experience nerves, fear, excitement, an indescribable queasiness or all the above as you make your way to T1. Regardless, it's important to recognize and manage your feelings so you don't end up short-circuiting the goal or goals you've put in front of you.  There are three key points to consider on triathlon race day to keep your feelings in check and use the naturally accelerated rush of adrenaline to your advantage. 1. Race Morning Nutrition & Plan Execution When it comes to triathlon, a plan is always a good thing. This extends to your gear set-up and nutrition the morning of the race. Always have your race gear ready to go the evening before the race. The last thing you want to be doing in the morning…
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Stop Collecting Junk Miles.

“A junk mile is only junk if it doesn’t have a purpose in your training.” – Mario Fraioli of Competitor Magazine. Once upon a time, I thought to myself, “I got this whole running thing figured out. The more I do it, the faster I go.”  This bold claim strikes a contradictory chord with the often used and incredibly astute quote: “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know” – Albert Einstein. It was in the hot summer days of Missouri (Read: Misery) between my Junior and Senior years of college running that I reconsidered my initial assertion.  It was during this time that I pursued 100+ miles a week of running with seemingly no purpose or reasoning…
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Power Versus Stamina in Triathlon Training

Being an endurance athlete for over half of my life, I can safely say I’ve trained the majority of those years the wrong way. I thought, ”I’m an endurance runner so I need solid endurance.”  What I had no knowledge of was the need for stamina … and even more importantly … the need for power. Don’t confuse stamina with endurance.   Endurance is the ability to go as long as possible at whatever pace necessary to achieve said longevity. Stamina, on the other hand, is the percentage of threshold power you can maintain during your expected race time.   For example, if your goal for a half ironman is to complete the bike leg in two and half hours, stamina would be the…

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