Mastering the Triathlon T1: Part 3 – Ride On

Mastering the Triathlon T1: Part 3 – Ride On

You’ve gone from water to land quickly and effortlessly, stripped off your wetsuit and located your bike. If all has gone as planned, you’re reoriented and gaining physical and mental momentum.

It’s time for a smooth mount and start for the longest leg of your triathlon. There are three key points to consider in this execution:

1. Get an Efficient Mount

Mastering the Triathlon T1: Part 1 - Water to Land

The two transition phases, T1 and T2, have been called the “fourth and fifth legs” of triathlon.

Hardly considered or appreciated by most spectators – and even a few competitors – they’re crucial to the flow and success of a race. In fact, they can make the difference between being merely a participant and a serious contender for a podium spot.         

How Triathlon Training Differs for Sprint, Olympic, and Ironman Distances

How Triathlon Training Differs for Sprint, Olympic, and Ironman Distances

My lovely friends on the high school swim team often claimed that their sport was the toughest in existence. My cross country friends, however, would retort with something along the lines of, “Last time I checked there are no hills in swimming.” (They’re both wrong. Cycling is the hardest).

How to Build the Most Effective Triathlon Race Schedule

How to Build the Most Effective Triathlon Race Schedule

Being free creatures in a world governed by laws, we have the ability to partake in ambitious activities one might only classify as nonsensical. Or to be stated more bluntly—stupid.

You might have started triathlon last week and quite possibly decided next month is the time to finish an Ironman. I might also decide next week that I’m going to race a rainbow on my skateboard. These are both things we can certainly attempt, but are they sensible plans of action?

5 Goal-Setting Tips for Triathletes

A shot in the dark gets you one of two things: Either a very happy-to-be-alive deer or a very upset neighbor with a newly flattened truck tire. You need a light to shine the way. In triathlon, that light is a goal. A finish line you can run toward.

Triathlon goals are different for every triathlete. For some it’s beating their PR. For others it’s placing top 5 in their age group. Maybe you want to qualify for Kona. Or maybe you just want to finish your first triathlon. The goal-setting possibilities are endless!

The Mind of a Triathlete: How to Clear It and Exercise It

The Mind of a Triathlete: How to Clear It and Exercise It

It’s been said that triathlon is a mental sport. But truth be told, well… actually, yeah, it is.

Far too often we “data-buffs” find ourselves deep in the nitty-gritty of the science of triathlon training, nutrition, and gear optimization that we forget to mention how our brains are going to handle all of it.

To state the obvious, triathlon takes focus and lots of it. This is something most of us struggle with. Fear and distractions are what take athletes with great potential and limit them to mediocrity.

What Type of Bike Do I Really Need for Triathlon?

What Type of Bike Do I Really Need for Triathlon?

As a seasoned triathlete and a coach, I’ve heard this question a lot. Often beginners want to know what kind of bike they should buy for triathlon. And my response is initially always the same (and not without my patented sense of snark): “A bike that fits.” But, of course, that’s another topic for another day.

TriDot Check-In: Kurt Madden - Part 2

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.