ENDURANCEWORKS Triathlon Training and Racing Blog

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As service to the sport of triathlon and other endurance sports, we provide our clients and friends with articles that we feel will benefit them in their pursuit of personal excellence in triathlon, other endurance sports and life.

How to Train for an IRONMAN Triathlon While Working Full-Time

Yes, you can. Still, even after being in the sport of triathlon as an athlete, coach and race director for more than 20 years, I continue to be impressed by the triathletes who tackle an IRONMAN Triathlon® distance successfully in spite of everything else they have...

What Causes “Bonking” During Triathlon Training and Racing?

Understanding How Bonking Occurs Have you ever done a long bike or run training session or race and suddenly "hit the wall" or "blown up"? There's a sudden feeling of fatigue and low energy. Your legs feel heavy and your movement feels forced. You may feel...

Three Fundamental Preparation Tips for Your First (or Next) Triathlon

Triathlon Preparation Fundamentals You've signed up for your first triathlon. Now that you've committed, the race becomes real. It's no longer, "Some day..." When I entered my first sprint triathlon at Atlantic Beach in Florida in 1995, I had no idea what to expect on...

The Science and Art of Triathlon Training

There’s a lot that’s simple about training for the sport of triathlon on the surface. Swim. Bike. Run. However, in order to be truly successful for the long-term there’s a lot more to triathlon training than that. There’s both a science and an art to training for a...

5 Things Triathletes Should Not Do in the Triathlon Off-Season

This is a copy of an article about the triathlon off-season that I originally wrote last year for TrainingPeaks. It's worth posting again here. When I started training for IRONMAN triathlons in the late 90's in Virginia, I was jealous of all the triathletes who lived...

What Makes a Successful Triathlete Successful? Paying Attention.

What Distinguishes the Successful Triathletes from the Unsuccessful Triathletes? This is a question I've been pondering as the triathlon season ends in North America. Is it better genetics? The ability to train for as much time as needed? The ability to recover...

Ask a Coach: What to Wear When Racing a Triathlon in Cooler Weather

A triathlete emailed me the following question about his upcoming IRONMAN® race: I'm concerned about the expected weather temperature on race day: high of 68 and low of 48. It will be fine during the day but very cold on the start of the bike and could be...

How to Strategically Choose Races for Success in Triathlon

“If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” — Lawrence Peters I was at a charity fundraising event in early February many years ago where I ran into a friend who was also a triathlete. He told me he was training for IRONMAN New...

Triathlon Race Day Tip: Break Your Race into “Chunks”

"Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal." - Earl Nightingale It's triathlon race day and you're at the swim start line. When the gun goes off, you will swim then bike then run for a total of anywhere between 10 to 140.6 miles depending on the...

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