Browse the largest collection of triathlon advice from the best triathletes in the world. From nutrition to training plans or race strategy, find advice from top triathletes like Lucy Charles-Barclay, and Alistair Brownlee.
I enjoy watching autograph lawn and think different formats are exciting. The racing format was enjoyable, but perhaps it shouldn't be done too often. Transcript: "Yeah, so I think it's fun. I think it was great viewing. I think as a fan of watching yeah autograph lawn I find it exciting. I think different formats always creating different people coming into the podiums and I like shaking it up I think it was yeah I think maybe you don't want to overdo it, maybe once a year is enough but yeah I really enjoyed watching that racing."
The best way to find a great strength and conditioning coach is through word of mouth and talking to physios, athletes, and other coaches. You can also learn a lot as a triathlon coach and individual. Transcript: "I don't think there is but that sounds like a great idea. I think the problem with a list like that is what is the definition of a private high performance strength coach? Is it is it actually a couple of letters after your name or is it through performance? But yeah, I think word of mouth is the best best way to find a great strength and conditioning coach. You know, we're all looking for that specific coach your strength and conditioning coach, especially through triathlon. It's not just, you know it's quite a quite a complicated strength and conditioning routine to be a holistic approach. Obviously the swimming cycling running and the demands of that whether it's short long or middle distance whether you're a professional or amateur there are different again even different demands on the body them but yeah I definitely think word of mouth and talking to physios and other athletes and other coaches and that's how I found. Ya a few good snc coaches around and also you learn a lot as a triathlon coach and as an individual. So never underestimate what you You know, yourself as well."
Taylor Neb was in a class of her own and was not going to be beaten, although Lucy Charles had the potential to get on the podium. Transcript: "Absolutely not. I think, looking at the race, there was no one in this world, that was going to be Taylor nib. She was injured earlier in the year and she couldn't run for an extensive period and that's why she missed the Collins Cup in Slovakia. While she was injured from running. She was riding 25 hours a week on her bicycle and she is also increasing her swim volume. Her race was just phenomenal. I mean, the way she rode the bike, and the way she held it together, on the run for such a young athlete was just, just phenomenal. You know, I think Lucy could have maybe got on the podium but could have would have should have, you know, I think Lucy did the 100% the right thing after she had that good race in Dallas. I think she did that. 100% of right thing went to Kona. She knows how to race in The Hague. She knows how to race in an Ironman and she got on the podium there. The fourth time. She's finished second in Kona World Championships and yeah, why not stay in America for another three weeks and she won st. George, he's the defending World Champ so that takes a lot of guts to come back. But yeah, she knows she wasn't in the best ever semi .3 shape she's ever been him and to still do that. And she was like she was on the podium spot until the last four or five kilometers the last two miles or so. So tip of the Hat Lucy. But yeah, I don't think she would have one. I think Taylor neb was just on a red-hot run and did a phenomenal performance."
Race entry fees are comparable to the cost of other equipment used in triathlon. However, I feel that volunteers should be paid rather than just given a free t-shirt and a bag of sandwiches. Transcript: "Ray century is a lot but people spend 600 pound on a wetsuit people spend upwards of 80 pounds to 400 pounds a month. On coaching people spend up to 15,000 pounds on bikes. I think race entry is, is yeah. Comparable to whatever people sweat other. What people spend on equipment for Triathlon, one thing I don't agree with is race organizers. Make so much money because the race organizers. Run on volunteers, they always say thank the volunteers, those volunteers should be paid, whether it's 50, pound each, they normally get a bag, a bag, a plastic bag of some sandwiches, and some watering, and then they probably get a free race t-shirt. But if you guys, if age groupers are paying, you know, from 100-pound, 254 1,000-pound for Kona kindness, 4,000 volunteers. So that means all that, money's going to profit. It's amazing if you think about it like that. So I think volunteers should be paid. Yeah. Because Was it would, they would be? Yeah, they should be trained as well to a degree, but ya know, I think race race pricing is pretty pretty comparable to. Yeah. The other equipment and what everything around the sport of triathlon."
It depends on the individual athlete and their natural makeup. For some athletes, transitioning from short course to long course is easy and for others it can be more difficult. Training also plays a part in this transition, as those who are able to output lower but longer-lasting powers tend to fare better in long distance events. Additionally, with shorter races becoming more popular in ITU sections, it can be harder to transition from sprint to super sprint events. Transcript: "Hey, Greg, I've done this four times because I'm so nervous about answering one of your questions. I think it definitely depends on the physiological, natural makeup of that athletes. So you get different types of short course athlete. You get all around us, particularly Swim Bike as I think transfer transition really well too long course initially, that's not to say the quick wit Runners can't do it because you have to be able to run for us too, but I think the higher And on the bike in Long Distance becomes very important to be able to translate speed endurance into strength Endurance on the bike. So to be able to Output not significantly lower powers for double the time and some people naturally couldn't get a higher Powers but could do it for a long time and tend to leave right packs and drive the way forward. So this is also the way you train Some can jump in and do winter races as long distance, no problem and some just aren't of that makeup. So it depends on the emphasis on racing. I mean as a sprint races come super Sprints that's a harder transition and one that will come more and more in the future as a race has become shorter in the itu section. I think so yeah, another typical, it depends on Sir that hopefully with a bit of info in there."
Yes, athletes should do exercises to help them adapt to their new position after a bike fit. Common exercises include glute, Med strength and thoracic mobility work. We also use adapted green screen technology and wind tunnel testing to ensure that the athlete is able to hold the optimal position. Factors such as CDA, respiratory efficiency and stability are all taken into account when determining which exercises will help the athlete perform better. Transcript: "Hi, Tim, that is a fantastic question after doing a fitting for a triathlete on a TT bike, do they get exercises to help them adapt to the new position? The short answer is. Yes, absolutely. The long answer and I will try to be brief because this is one of my big passions in the in what I do is that the first time I work with an athlete, the psychologic protocol, it takes about three hours in the first hour of that, we go through a physical assessment. And that physical assessment was designed in conjunction with a doctor and physio who work with Pro to our teams and Ironman Champions and they know exactly what it takes to perform on a bike. So we go through that assessment. We take lots and lots of notes. And then the things that we find we in the final notes to the athlete. After the end of the position. We ask them to consult with a Physio and What we have found and to get an exercise program and it's different for every single athlete. Some most, some of the most common things are glute, Med strength, thoracic Mobility, hip mobility pelvic, asymmetry things like that are big Power socks on a TT bike. Once we have gone through that first three hour session, and we've established a baseline position for the athlete. We send them to the physio. They do, they're off the bike work, and then they come back and we start refining things. We use some adapted green screen technology that allows us to identify an athlete CDA and in real-time. As they're practicing in front of the screen, the athlete can see how deviations from their optimal position. Cost them W and time and speed, and it allows them to practice staying in the position. It's a fantastic, fantastic tool. And then after that, if an athlete wants to dig in further, we will go to an actual wind tunnel. We just got back this past week, from a trip to the a to wind tunnel with a lot of athletes. If you check out the Instagram page for psychologic, you'll see some of the some of the images, but the wind What does play a role for people? Looking for everything for the most optimization? But it only works if you can actually hold the position. You look in an athlete. Like then knut. His position is razor. Sharp. Everything is working the helmet, his head position, his torso position the equipment that's underneath him. It's just razor-sharp, but that position has been 56 years in the making. And it's only possible because Ben works his butt off on his off, the bike work stuff, and has made it a priority. So, yes, athletes definitely have exercises. They need to make their position optimal. And we also need to taken into account that not every athlete will be faster when they look like then knut, what happens if we get you into that. Position and instead of and maybe your CDA went down, but your respiratory efficiency also went down. We have to calculate all those things or what happens if you got more Arrow, but your stability declined. So, all of those things need to be taken into account and they're all affected by those exercises after the bike fit. Thanks for the question. I enjoyed it. I have way more stuff I could talk on and on about"