Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Championship Triathlon Training

GREAT BOOK, takes the sport and breaks it down for all competing in the sport, from beginner to the pro. It even explains the dedication it takes to make it to the next level and what type of commitment it takes.

Book Description

Dedication, passion, obsession--for serious endurance athletes, coaches, duathletes, and triathletes, the quest for improvement never ends. Knowing they can shave time from the previous performance, they seek out the latest in research and training techniques.

In Championship Triathlon Training, renowned experts George Dallam and Steven Jonas provide you with the same advanced conditioning concepts and programming used by today's elite triathletes.

By understanding the science behind the principles, you will incorporate physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, and injury prevention into your regimen to address your specific needs and the demands of competition. Specifically, you'll learn these techniques:
Use weight training, plyometrics, and core development to accelerate skill development in all phases of swimming, running, and cycling.
Apply metabolic training to improve endurance and race speed.
Combine sport-specific skills, such as mounting and dismounting, with metabolic training to improve transition times between phases.
Develop more efficient movement patterns for increased performance potential and reduced injury.
Assess health and physical status to avoid overtraining.
Complete with sample programs for each triathlon distance, technique analysis, training- and race-specific fueling strategies, and tips for motivation, focus, and goal setting, Championship Triathlon Training will optimize your training and maximize your results.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Get out and Race!

First let's thank the sponsors of this event. When I get the official logo I will post that as well. The Sandy Hook Triathlon club or Hookers, puts on a great event. Doing races as many as you can handle can only make you better and able to handle the crazy swim that most dread. This event on Father's Day was great. Temp was not to hot, humid though, the water was nice and the course flat and fast. The local Police was on hand and kept the course clear, I can go on and on.
This was a local event and like many states they are happening every weekend. Whether you do a sprint or long course, the experience is valuable and every race that you do will only make you less nervous and faster.
Cheer and get out and Tri!

Friday, June 6, 2008

National Triathlon Training Camp

What to be part of a team, get the swag and get discounts off merchandise, well then NTTC might be a good place to start.

About the NTTC

Founded in November of 1982 by triathletes Mark Wendley and Tom Peters, the National Triathlon Training Camp (NTTC) held the world’s first triathlon camp in Malibu, California in May of 1983. From 1986 to 1994, the NTTC also ran the sport’s most successful racing team, recording over 190 wins and 650 top-10 finishes in triathlons worldwide.

In 2006, after an 11-year hiatus, NTTC returned with a new business plan, a new Title Sponsor, and a hunger to regain our spot at the pinnacle of triathlon. Team Sport Beans/NTTC is being led by a new group of world-class and up-and-coming pros, who have already won 28 triathlons and notched 72 top-10 finishes since 2006. Our pros also work on staff at our triathlon camps and clinics. The team is open to everyone! When you join, you’ll get lots of freebies plus member discounts on NTTC camps, clinics, tours, team apparel and equipment, and much more! We’ve also added the most affordable, fully-customized online triathlon coaching available. Please check out all our programs and enjoy your stay at the NTTC web site. WELCOME!

Mark Wendley
Director, NTTC

For $45 you can be a member of the team and get all this:

  • An official Team Sport Beans/NTTC T-shirt. For 2008, the shirts are made of Coolmax® Extreme, high-performance fabric with fresh FX. Coolmax® fabric, through its superior moisture management properties, is proven to reduce skin temperature and lower heart rate during exercise, while maintaining better hydration. It dries 4x faster than cotton, and the “fresh FX” keeps the shirt smelling fresh, even after workouts. These custom, Jersey-knit team T-shirts have big colorful logos and have a retail value over $37 each.
  • Free samples of Sport Beans® from the Jelly Belly Candy Company. You'll get 12 1-oz. bags with your initial registration packet - 2 bags each of Lemon Lime, Orange, Berry Blue, and Fruit Punch, as well as 2 bags each of the new Sport Beans® Extreme Watermelon and Cherry.
  • An official Team Sport Beans/NTTC Run Singlet (see Men's or Women's) from Champion System, with a retail value of $32.
  • An official Team Sport Beans/NTTC Cycling Cap from Champion System.
  • A Jelly Belly® baseball hat and Sport Beans® Water Bottle.
  • · A pair of Coolmax® XtraLife athletic socks.
  • A subscription to both the electronic and printed Team Sport Beans/NTTC newsletters, which are full of team information, workout and racing tips from our pros, member athlete profiles, team results, and other exciting features.
  • An official Team Sport Beans/NTTC swim cap from TYR.
  • Your name and hometown included on the Club Team Roster on the NTTC web site.
  • Your race results posted on the Club Team Results page of the NTTC web site.
  • Discounts on attending NTTC camps, clinics, and tours.
  • You’ll be eligible to register for NTTC Online Training, which is only available for team members.
  • 15% discount on all purchases from the NTTC Sportshop. Our online sportshop features a full line of Team Sport Beans/NTTC apparel and equipment, as well as Jelly Belly’s Sport Beans® .
  • Best of all, you will be part of one the sport’s top teams! NTTC returned in 2006 after an 11-year hiatus. Building on the over 190 wins and 650 top-10 finishes our pros recorded in the late 80s and early 90s, our 2006 team won 10 triathlons and our 2007 team won 18 tris! Over the next two years, Team Sport Beans/NTTC will become one of the top teams in the world. And, we want you to be part of all the fun and excitement of our rise to the top!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Take Out The Discomfort When Cycling!

If you are a relatively new rider, you may not know how to prevent the most common mistakes that can lead to physical discomfort during a ride. Even if you have been riding for a long time you can slip into bad habits, and end up hurting more than is necessary.
  1. Warm up/Cool down - Allowing your body to gradually come up to 'operating temperature' at the beginning of a ride, and then pedaling a few extra minutes at a very easy intensity at the end of your ride, can both go a long way toward minimizing muscle soreness and increasing both recovery from riding, and adaptation to training.
  2. Eye Wear - To reduce the risks of this occurring, try wearing sunglasses during every ride.
  3. Pain in the neck - Try to avoid riding in the same position all of the time.
  4. Saddle Sore - Investing in a good quality pair (or two) of bike shorts, and then cleaning them after EVERY ride can go a long way toward helping you avoid saddle sores.
  5. Lubrication - Speaking of that 'private area,' we can't discuss saddle sores without also mentioning lubrication. Though there are a lot of favorite lubes among many different riders, after trying many different things, I've come to rely upon A&D ointment as the best and least expensive lube. 'Chamois Butt'r' also works well.
  6. Stem Length - Clearly, the most important thing you can do is to have a good fit session with an expert.
  7. Numb Hands - To keep your hands from going numb always wear gloves during a ride and try a handlebar cushion or some thick bar wrap.
  8. Back Aches - If you are experiencing some pain, get the advice of a fit expert to be sure you are set up properly, and then remember to include some 'core' training as part of your regular routine.
  9. Foot Relief - To increase circulation to your feet you should vary your pedaling techniques (working the 'box') so that you are not putting undo stress on one area.
Full story can be read at Tri Fuel