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3 Reasons to Consider a Triathlon Coach

Triathletes are typically a solitary lot. Self-driven. Self-trained. Self-reliant. They often like to do things alone. The notion of seeking a coach to add value to their triathlon training can take many out of their comfort zones. But triathlon is a rigorous, multi-dimensional, multi-disciplined sport, which requires more than the average demands on an athlete. When you add the uniqueness of each athlete, from body composition, to athletic background, to triathlon experience, the best data and an experienced coach who can assist in the physical and mental demands of the sport will give you the best advantage you can ask for.   A coach delivers three key values to your athletic achievement and enjoyment: 1. Securing a triathlon coach reduces…
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Listen Up! Podcast: Heart Rate Monitoring with Polar

Today's Listen Up! podcast discusses the importance of heart rate monitoring devices. My special guest is Wayne Vartabedian, Community Engagement and Senior Product Specialist for Polar's Wrist Unit. Wayne has been an endurance athlete for over 25 years, including a Kona finish, and has used Polar heart rate monitors his entire career.  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…

Listen Up! Podcast: Carbohydrates and the Triathlete

Today's Listen Up! podcast addresses the important topic of carbohydrates and triathlon training. My special guest to discuss these important questions is Sports Dietitian Niki Kubiak, RD, CSSD. Niki is Director, Nutrition and Health for Infinite Sports World, an Official Training Facility of TriDot. In this role she creates and develops sports nutrition education and counseling  services for recreational and professional/elite athletes to improve athletic performance. She  also offers weight loss and general nutrition counseling to individuals of all ages seeking a healthier lifestyle. Niki graduated with a Bachelor's of Science, Dietetics/Dietitian from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she was a member of the Cross Country and Track teams. She is also an accomplished runner, having won the 2015 Great Heartland Half Marathon in…
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TriDot Enables Coaches to Grow Their Business

TriDot’s Technology saves coaches up to 3 hours per week per athlete in training plan design. Southlake, Texas – As part of its continued mission to be the undisputed leader in endurance sports training intelligence and innovation, TriDot is changing the paradigm of triathlon coaching using technology, big data, and advanced analytics. This combination enables TriDot to eliminate the need for manually designed training plans that can take a coach 2-3 hours per week, per athlete to design, monitor, and adjust. TriDot’s nSight™ Engine is the technological centerpiece that enables this benefit. Through the use of patents-pending algorithms, TriDot mines data from an athlete’s physical and performance profile as well as big data TriDot has collected from actual triathletes for over…

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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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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