Testing Not Guessing

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What can be measured can be improved, as the old adage goes, and that is certainly true for the swim. Testing allows you to track progress, look for limiters, and sharpen your mental game. Since not all tests are created equal nor complimentary to your goals as an athlete, I am giving you three different […]

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The “Inbetween Zone”

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In between Christmas and New Years might be the oddest fitness week of the year. Many people are coming out of a stressful holiday run up full of work parties, last minute shopping, travel, family gatherings, tantrums (from kids and adults alike), and an endless supply of sweets, alcohol, and rich, dense foods. However, the […]

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Winter Training Pitfalls

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Many triathletes have the great goal of improving their swim over the winter, but when spring comes they are usually disappointed with their improvements especially in the open water. Why? I have picked apart several training plans and traditional, typical programs to find the most common mistakes that are slowing your swim gains during winter […]

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Joci Goggle Review

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There is a glut of goggles on the market all claiming to be different and special. From the wide scuba like masks that claim 140 degree vision to the minimalist, old school socket rockets, whatever your preference/goal is there is a goggle for it. Since everyone has different facial structures it is hard to rate […]

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Think Yourself to Better Swim Form

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Proper Swim form is tough. It requires exterior analysis (i.e. videotaped performance) and vigilant awareness of where your body is in the water. Unless you are already an experienced swimmer who has developed his/her swim stroke over the course of their lifetime, then it is very easy to slip back into old inefficient stroke patterns. […]

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SKINS Compression tights:

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Compression gear seems to be all the rage today in almost every sport. Everyone from triathletes to ultra runners to football players seem to be wearing some sort of compression clothing before, during, and after their event or practice and for good reason. Compression clothing has been shown to warm up muscles before practice, prevent […]

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My After: How to recover quickly from your last triathlon (part 1)

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When a person says “recovery,” many triathletes just think it refers to the time after workouts, but recovery from races is just as important if not more so. I briefly touched on this in a blog post last year but I wanted to revisit the subject because it so important to having good races, better trainings, and […]

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Product Review: Amrita Bars

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by Chris Hague I used to think that it was impossible to fuel cleanly while training. For years, I searched for the holy grail of sports nutrition: the perfect sports bar. I wanted a bar that would not have a laundry list of complex ingredients, minimized refined sugar, easy to chew and eat, and tasted […]

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Are you a Race Junkie?

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  I typically like to ask customers who come into my store what races they are doing. Many list off a couple of local races or one or two major races like an Ironman, a 70.3, or a big name marathon like Boston. However, some customers, and disturbingly this is becoming more common, give me […]

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My Indian Green Monster

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After our last post, which left me feeling run down and depressed, I think we need a good “recovery” post. We all know that post workout fuel is important to restore your body’s glycogen stores and help with building back broken down muscles. Your body is also in an acidic state with the kidneys working […]

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Distance Per Stroke

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For those who come from a running and cycling background, the common thinking is that the higher the cadence the better. If you are able to move your feet or pedals faster than you speed up. Thus, when you throw yourself into the pool the same principle should also apply right? WRONG! One of the […]

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