Received wisdom changes over time (look at the running shoe industry over the last 30 years), and so sometimes the received wisdom in sports science world needs to be checked against common sense and personal experience. What works best for you is always going to be the best choice in your training.

If you buy a new piece of equipment because you have looked and looked, exhaustively researched and decided it is the right purchase for you, then you get excited about taking that new equipment out to do lots and lots of training with it, then that is great!

If you buy a new piece of equipment because you think it looks cool and flashy, and you think people will look at you admiringly, then that makes you want to take that new equipment out and do lots and lots of training... then that is great, too.

Whatever works for you.

So, let's start with the science and the received wisdom, ask lots and lots of questions, keep looking for answers, keep this dialogue going for as long as we find it interesting and useful.

May 24, 2018

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This goes out to Rory, Trevor and Danielle, who said they would team up and see if they can beat their mom and me at the HITS Triathlon Series Olympic distance race! Good luck, guys, you're going to need it!

1. Remember...

April 8, 2018

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1. Not drinking enough water

Most athletes underestimate how much water they lose from their system when they exercise. Sweat is one indicator, but it isn't always all that reliable. For example, even on...

March 3, 2018

A few quick-and-easy answers, which I will say loudly (well, type loudly), because triathletes and endurance athletes are notoriously bad at this:




January 14, 2018

There are a few very good reasons to keep track of your triathlon training, whether you are simply taking notes in a notebook, following a training plan written out for you, or using some kind of online training plan system:

  • Triathlon training is...

December 5, 2017

In the new year (or whenever you happen to be reading this), your thoughts may turn to choosing races and planning out your training and racing calendar for the coming year. There are some basic concepts you should get your head around, from a sports...

August 6, 2017

If you are just getting started in your triathlon training, or if you have been doing it for a while and not sure how to make some noteworthy improvements, it could be very useful to break down the individual disciplines and understand more deeply ho...

April 9, 2017

As an introduction to the sport of triathlon,  let's look at the distances of the most common types of triathlon, and how these different distances might play to different kinds of strengths and weaknesses.

In triathlon, the usual order of events is:...

January 3, 2017

The 30-30-30 training routine is one that I heard about a few years ago, and I usually invoke it once a year when I feel like I need to get back into regular, consistent training in a particular discipline. The basic idea is:

  • 30 sessions of 30 min...

December 22, 2016

Maybe you are totally new to triathlon and feeling overwhelmed by it all, not sure where to start, how to fit all the training in, or how to get fully prepared for your first race.

Maybe you have been doing triathlons for a while now and you have plat...

December 5, 2016

Motivation is critical in triathlon training, first of all, because triathlon is difficult. It requires a lot of time, patience, coordination and planning, maybe even a few sacrifices. You will encounter challenges and obstacles along the way - maybe...

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