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They Told Me Not to Eat It
When I did my first Ironman in Busselton, Australia, I thought quite a lot about what to put in my special needs bags. You know, the bags you get to pick up halfway through the ride and run. Some people put extra gels, sunscreen, band-aids, …
Finding Your Breaking Point
“Forget it! I quit! I’m not going to race!” That’s what I told my wife during a particularly long set on the trainer once, just a week away from a full Ironman I had been training for all year. That’s when I had found my …
Managing Optimism Bias
Have you ever set a race target that you didn't meet? I have. I thought I'd do my first marathon in under four hours (a 10k each hour is easy, right?). I expected to do my first 70.3 in just six hours. But that disastrous …
The Glamorization of Pain
“It doesn't get any easier; you just get faster,” is the famous phrase uttered by Greg LeMond. Fausto Coppi was more to the point when he said, “Cycling is suffering.” And Eddy Merckx was more precise: “Cyclists live with pain. If you can’t handle it …
Sun + Run = Fun.
I love training before sunrise. I could never really put my finger on why – aside from the obvious visual pleasure of seeing a brilliant orange sunrise – but why exactly is that so satisfying? Stanford neuroscientist Andrew Huberman tells us that looking at a …
Don’t Forget to Swim: Why I don’t think Ironman should let the Swim be Optional
That's advice I should take. I've been terrible at swimming these past few months. And if you know me at all, you’ll know the swim isn’t my strength. My struggle from slow breast-stroker to average crawler was hard-won. So when I heard about Ironman offering the …
Lofty Goals + Habitual Systems = Success
With races coming back around various parts of the world, many of us can start setting more purposeful and focused race goals and get into concerted training routines again. Steven Kotler, whose excellent book The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer, (in our Triathlon …
13 Things Great Triathletes Don’t Do
Here is my list of things great triathletes don’t do. It's inspired by Amy Morin's book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. I like her approach. Instead of telling you what you should do, she tells you what not to do. Her reasoning is …
Triathlon Book Reading List
Recommended books on triathlon and endurance training, mindset, and racing.
Alcohol and Triathlon
How do alcohol and triathlon training fit in? Cycling has had a long history with alcohol, and beer brands have sponsored Ironman and Challenge. But we know it's detrimental to training and performance.
Triathlon in North Korea
I've always been fascinated with North Korea. Almost completely closed off to the world, isolated, and oppressed, the I've wondered how the people live and how they perceive the west. So I visited a few years back to see for myself. At the time, although …
Do Hard Things
“Do Hard Things.” That’s the line that had been echoing in my head all night. It’s the slogan athlete Ryan Tetz lives by. He has set multiple FKTs (fastest known times) including one across Badwater Basin and then up Mt. Whitney. (See his awesome video …
4 Tips for Objective Race Planning
It's hard to plan race times accurately. We have so many biases and there are so many variables that we have to account for. For the bike, I've always loved using BestBikeSplit (see tip #27) and have found it to be pretty accurate, but the …
Is Triathlon too Exclusive?
Let’s face it – triathlon is not a very diverse or even inclusive sport. With the majority of triathletes in the US being high-income white males in their mid-40s, the sport is not very wide-reaching. “That’s not where most of the country is,” says Thom …
Find your Reason for Racing
I’ve been thinking a lot about why I became a triathlete and why I still am. Finding the answers to these questions can help us navigate various challenges: Demotivation, feelings of selfishness, and even thoughts of quitting a race. Not much more than a year …
You can’t eat THAT on the bike!
Despite having been away from the US for more than two decades, Thanksgiving is still a holiday I celebrate. And my wife, who is not even American, has cooked many turkeys over the years and seems to enjoy the holiday as much as I do …
Junk or Gem?
We've partnered up with the TriDoc, Jeff Sankoff, physician and host of the Tri Doc Podcast to get the skinny on the many endurance products and fads on the market.
Atalanta: The Wearable Tri Lab
the Atalanta is a wearable device that measures oxygen saturation of the blood, breathing depth and rhythm, body core temperature, caloric consumption, and heart rate, and heart rate variability.
Thoughts about the future of the Ironman World Championships in a post-Covid World
By Jeff Sankoff, TriDoc Coaching Photo: Jeff Sankoff Over the past couple of weeks I have been excitedly watching a delayed Tour de France and this past weekend saw the resumption of some larger triathlons in Europe and in the coming weeks we will see …

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