Monday, February 1, 2016

EC Team Writer

Different Perspectives: Favorite Gear

There's essential gear -- a bike, running shoes, swim suit -- that everyone needs for triathlon. There's the range of gear that you may or may not need for improvement, but many people use to gain an advantage: race wheels, powermeters, swin skins, etc. Then there's the personal gear: the things you consistently use that are important to you and you alone; the things that you feel are key parts of your triathlon training or racing. Since it's gear month here on EC, we asked the writing team to share some of their favorite personal gear and why it's important to them.

Different Perspectives: Race Strategy Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes. It might come as a shock, but even Endurance Corner's expert panel of expertly experts doesn't always execute every race perfectly.

We asked the EC writing team to share some of their most memorable race strategy blunders and what they learned from those errors. You'll likely identify with some of their mistakes and hopefully be able to avoid some of the others.

1400 Miles

In March I drove from my home in San Angelo, Texas, to Jackson, Miss., for a two and a half day triathlon camp and clinic. That was 700 miles and about 11 hours drive time one way. Why would I spend 22 hours in the car for what amounted to roughly 24 hours of “tri time” over a three day weekend?

Different Perspectives: Why Work with a Coach?

Choosing to work with a coach can be a difficult decision for some age group athletes, particularly because it's sometimes harder to quantify the direct value of a coach. We asked some members of the EC network to give their thoughts on the benefits that come from a coach-athlete relationship.

In Our Corner: Mike Coughlin

Mike Coughlin is an experienced Endurance Corner athlete with Ultraman Canada, Kona, Epic Camp and multiple AG podiums on his resume. We took some time to talk with him about his background, his recent focus on Ultraman and his views on coaching.

Swim Fast

Most triathletes are willing to jump into local cycling time trials or open running races, but have a big hang up when it comes to entering swim meets. Why are we reluctant to race in the pool?

Different Perspectives: Training Camp Locales

"Training Camp" month may be officially over here at Endurance Corner, but that doesn't mean we don't have more to say on the topic. In the spirit of Coach Marilyn's article on training camp venues, we asked our panel of experts to share some of their favorite training locales.

There are different reasons why each contributor picked a particular training camp or location as his or her favorite, but you'll see that each has one thing in common -- the training was fun.

In Our Corner: Slater Fletcher - Part II: Ultraman Hawaii

This past fall, EC team member Slater Fletcher completed what Gordo termed “The Aloha Triple” -- the trifecta of triathlon world championships in Hawaii: Ironman in Kona, Xterra in Maui and Ultraman back on the Big Island.

Part II of our interview looks at Slaters preparation and experience at Ultraman in more detail.

In Our Corner: Slater Fletcher - Part I: Completing the Aloha Triple

This past fall, EC team member Slater Fletcher completed what Gordo termed “The Aloha Triple” -- the trifecta of triathlon world championships in Hawaii: Ironman in Kona, Xterra in Maui and Ultraman back on the Big Island.

We took some time to chat with Slater about his approach to training for these three huge races essentially run back to back.

Different Perspectives: Mental Boosts for Winter

The dark, gray months of winter impact a lot of athletes' motivation. We asked the EC network to share their favorite "mental boost" workouts. What's interesting is that many didn't share a specific workout, but rather their approach to keeping themselves mentally energized, from mixing things up with new partners to inserting different stimuli into their training.

IMTalk "Workout of the Month" Feature

Endurance Corner recently partnered with IMTalk on a "Workout of the Month" feature. Each month, someone from the EC team performs an IMTalk listener workout and then shares his or her feedback with John and Bevan on the show.

Justin Daerr was first up for the new feature. From Justin: "I recently chatted with John and Bevan from IMTalk for their 'workout of the month.' This month's workout consisted of hill repeats during a run focus period. You can hear my thoughts on this workout and hill running in general."

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Different Perspectives: Coach Thoughts on the Year

Earlier this month, we asked EC team members to share some thoughts on what worked and what didn't work for them this past season. We followed that up with a question for some of the coaches in our network, asking them to look over their athletes' past seasons and share what stood out -- what worked in training this year and what didn't.

Different Perspectives: What Worked / Didn't Work This Year - 2010

It's "Analyzing Your Season" month on EC. We asked some of the EC network to share the training tips they tried for the first time this season that worked for them and that they'll be implementing again next year. We also asked them to share some of the things they tried for the first time that they won't be trying again.

In Our Corner: Marilyn McDonald


We’re doing things a little different this month and are profiling one of the EC coaches: Marilyn McDonald. Marilyn is a former elite equestrian show jumper, a former elite triathlete with a win at Ironman Malaysia and multiple top 10 places on her resume, and most recently was an elite cyclist in the pro peloton. Marilyn is also married to elite triathlete and ironman champion Chris McDonald.

Different Perspectives: Body Composition

Nutrition and body composition are always complicated subjects, especially among triathletes. How lean is too lean? What’s an ideal weight? What are the healthy ways to get there? What are the problems with going too far?

We asked the EC network to weigh in and share the best piece of advice they’ve been given on the topic.

In Our Corner: Slater Fletcher

Slater Fletcher broke out big this year, qualifying for Kona at his first iron-distance race at the inaugural St. George Ironman. Since then, he’s qualified for Xterra Worlds for the second year in a row. Because that wasn’t enough World Championship events for him, Slater was accepted to compete in this year’s Ultraman.

For those keeping count, that’s three huge events in two months: Ironman World Championships in Kona this weekend, Xterra World Championships in Maui at the end of October and Ultraman World Championships back on the Big Island at the end of November.

He recently took some time to answer a few questions about his great year, give some insight into his training and explain why he wanted to go for the Aloha Triple.

Different Perspectives: Current and Former Elites

September may be over, but we're going to keep our "Elite Lifestyle" month rolling for a bit longer.

We recently featured elite age-grouper tips on what got them ahead (part 1, part 2, part 3). We also asked current and former professionals a different question: "Think back through all your training partners over the years. Which athletes stand out for having gotten the most out of themselves? What can a working athlete learn from them to apply to their own training?"

Here are their responses.

Different Perspectives: Elite Age-Groupers - Part III

We were admittedly a little light on the female perspective in parts one and two of our elite age-grouper tips, so we're continuing the series with some advice from Jordan Blanco, a multiple-time Kona qualifier, and Joanna Carritt a former elite age-grouper who recently began competing professionally.

Here's their response to the question: "What do you think you did differently than most of your competitors to help you get to the top of the AG ranks and qualify for Kona (or continue qualifying)?"

Different Perspectives: Elite Age-Groupers - Part II

Here’s part two of our elite age-grouper response to the question: "What do you think you did differently than most of your competitors to help you get to the top of the AG ranks and qualify for Kona?"

Different Perspectives: Elite Age-Groupers - Part I

Each month we ask our extended contributor team to participate in our themed Different Perspectives question. This time it’s Elite Lifestyle month on EC and we’re mixing it up. We asked some of our elite age-groupers one question and posed a different question to some elite competitors (current and former professionals).

Here’s part one of our elite age-grouper response to the question: "What do you think you did differently than most of your competitors to help you get to the top of the age-group ranks and qualify for Kona (or continue qualifying)?"

Ask the Experts: Bobby McGee - Clarifying Flexibility Terminology

Those who have had a chance to see Bobby McGee speak, read his books or viewed his instructional DVD know that Bobby suggests keeping certain muscles "tight and small," such as the abdominals and hamstrings, as well as the "external rotators." This sometimes causes confusion, especially in light of the common athletic practice of stretching and increasing flexibility.

Here, Bobby follows up on two points that he made at Endurance Corner's Boulder Camp:

  • Athletes shouldn't stretch the posterior (back) side of their kinetic chain, with the exception of the soleus.
  • Athletes should avoid exercises (yoga poses, breaststroke kicking) that would result in increasing the external rotation of their legs and loosen the ligaments around loading (elastic) joints. Doing so causes power leaks and loss of elastic storage as well as instability.

In Our Corner: Kevin Coady

by Nick Mathers

September is “Elite Lifestyle” month on Endurance Corner and we’ll be profiling a number of our top athletes and coaches. We’re kicking things off by speaking with Kevin Coady from Pleasanton, California. Kevin recently qualified for Kona at Ironman Coeur d’Alene where he finished third in his age group after running a 3:10 -- the 12th fastest run of the day.

Different Perspectives: Staying Strong for Late Season Races

For those racing in the back part of the season, staying focused gets challenging, especially if you’ve been going at it most of the year. Here, our contributors share tips on making the most of your late season race preparation.

Greek Chicken

Vince’s latest healthy kitchen masterpiece for a summer meal: Greek Chicken –- easy to prepare, and even easier to eat.

Ask the Experts: John Cobb - Part IV

John Cobb, bike fit and aerodynamics expert, recently took the time to answer Endurance Corner team member questions. We're sharing his responses as part of a series throughout the summer. In this installment, John answers some more questions about position and cleat placement.

BBQ Tomato Basil Shrimp

Vince Matteo, EC team member, shares another of his excellent recipes: BBQ Tomato Basil Shrimp with Vegetables -- perfect for a summer evening dinner.

Different Perspectives: Handling the Heat

In case you didn't notice, it's "Heat Month" here at Endurance Corner. While our columnists have shared a lot of information about how to train and race in the heat, our team still has a few more tips to share.

Ask the Experts: John Cobb - Part III

John Cobb, bike fit and aerodynamics expert, recently took the time to answer Endurance Corner team member questions. We're sharing his responses as part of a series throughout the summer. In this installment, John answers some questions about equipment selection.

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