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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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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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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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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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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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TriDot Check-In: Jonathan McAlister

JONATHAN MCALISTER is a member of the Tri4Him Junior Elite Team and recently finished first in the 15-19 male division at the 2016 USAT Age Group Sprint National Championships. He is completing high school through Liberty Online University and lives in Argyle, Texas. When did you begin triathlon and what attracted you to the sport? I began triathlons in the spring of 2013. In the fall of 2012 I had started cross country and got injured. Then my cousin told me about triathlons. At first I was a little skeptical, but the cross training allowed me to stay fast on the run without running as much as I had in cross country. How many races have you competed in? Which…
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TriDot Check-In with Coach Jessica Baxter: Part 2

Jessica Baxter is a TriDot Coach, IRONMAN Certified Coach, Metabolic Efficiency Level 1 Training Specialist, and six-time IRONMAN. Having completed over 100 races of various lengths, including two 100-mile ultras, she is founder of Baxter Performance, which specializes in metabolic efficiency and optimizing nutrition for optimal health. She is also on the board of directors for Real Life Angels and Competing For Hope and is a three-time race director of Race for the Halo. A resident of Houston, Texas, she and her husband, Keith, have two boys, Austin and Ashton. What were your initial impressions of TriDot? I’m a data nerd, junkie, geek, whatever you want to call it. I’m fascinated with it. And that’s what TriDot is based on. I’m…

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