Why Core Strength is so Important for Triathlon

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.

Many triathletes might assume strengthening their arms and legs will generate the most benefits since these are the extremities that directly impact your movement in the swim, bike, and run. However, putting all of your focus there would be a mistake.

How to Measure Your Swim Threshold in Triathlon Training

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? However, few triathletes know their functional threshold in the swim or even know how to obtain it.

Foam Rolling - Five Important Minutes for Triathletes

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!

Why Use a Foam Roller?

Madden on Excellence: Mental Excellence - The Forgotten Fitness from Within

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.

How to Handle the Heat when Triathlon Training

TriDot Triathlon Training How to Handle the Head when Triathlon Training

For most triathletes, training in the heat is brutal. Not only is the heat and humidity physically draining; it’s mentally demoralizing. In fact, as a triathlete in training, you may even be struggling with the mere reality of garnering enough courage to train outside during these few intense months.

However, with the proper planning and the correct mindset, you can master triathlon training in the heat. Here’s how:

Hydrate Early

Triathlon Cycling: Pedaling Technique – Part II

TriDot Triathlon Training Triathlon Cycling Pedaling Technique

In Part I of our post on triathlon cycling: pedaling technique, I discussed the differences between toe down and heel down and, with all other things being equal, the lack of advantage one has over the other.

Today we’ll look at the implementation of toe down or heel down when cycling on flats vs. climbs as well as the pedaling technique known as ‘ankling.’

New York City Triathlon Race Report

TriDot Triathlon Training NYC Triathlon Race Report

Racing the NYC Triathlon was quite an experience, as is anything in New York. Everything there is big and that included my race nerves. Although I was comfortable with my training (thank you Coach Kathy and TriDot), I was not comfortable with the logistics of moving around New York.

This race required me not only to get to New York from Gainesville (Florida), but to drive into the city itself (a first in my 32 years of driving). I also had to ride my bike from Midtown to Transition on the West Side and back again.

How to Motivate for Triathlon Training

When you’re not “in it,” finding the motivation to train is a difficult hurdle to climb. The desire to train doesn’t usually spark out of thin air. It’s developed by positioning yourself within the right mental and physical circumstances. So if you’re having trouble staying motivated in your triathlon training then here’s some advice on how to buck that trend.

Create Goals