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Game Time - Mental Fitness Tips and Tricks

September 16, 2020

Sharpening our mental training skills can have a tremendous advantage with staying in control under pressure, being more consistent in our training, performing at our best ability, and exceeding our best at our most important competitions. Coach Amy Javens discusses these skills in this blog!


How Many Ways to Skin the Same Cat

August 31, 2020

Over the years, several tests and concepts have been developed and used by coaches, athletes and physiologists to look at both Lactate Threshold, and just as importantly, the physiological characteristics of the athlete. These characteristics can then be used to create a targeted training program that “works” for THAT athlete by targeting the athlete’s limiters identified in the testing. One size fits all just doesn’t cut it here. In most cases, very aerobic athletes will respond best to more anaerobic training (if their peripheral system can handle it) and visa-versa. The purpose of this writing is to show you the most common concepts and charts….all really used to show the same thing! I think many coaches and athletes get confused with the various testing methods and concepts and don’t realize it’s all trying to show/determine the same thing for the most part! 


High Hamstring Tendinopathy - The what, why, and how to treat this pain in the rear!

August 24, 2020

Let’s face it - for triathletes, any injury is a figurative pain in the behind!  Some, though, are quite literally so-and high hamstring tendinopathy is one of them.  Although not as prevalent as some more common tendinopathies in the leg (as in, the Achilles tendon, or patellar tendon in the knee), high hamstring tendinopathies are notoriously stubborn, and frustrating to athletes and treating practitioners alike-something I can personally attest to (more than I’d care to admit), having been on both sides of that equation as a triathlete and physical therapist.  So, what exactly is high hamstring tendinopathy?  What leads to this issue?  What can we do about it? 


Athlete Spotlight: Melissa Wobbe

August 24, 2020

Meet Melissa Wobbe. QT2 Team Athlete. IRON(WO)MAN. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Social Queen. 

Melissa pours her  heart, soul  and  humor  into  all  aspects  of  her  life. She has  a  very  demanding  position at a Fortune 500 Company in NYC, trains for long-distance triathlons, is a loving daughter and sister, has many friends, AND a very active social life. And, like many of us, the pandemic brought many changes to Melissa's life. 

Read more about Melissa, including how she's been doing during the pandemic, what changes she's made to her lifestyle, and what her neighbors think of her indoor training!


Welcome To Virtual Racing

July 11, 2020

My experience with virtual racing thus far and some tips, if you'd like to try it too.


Return To Racing - What Will It Look Like?

June 30, 2020

If you have been following the endurance sport world for the past month, we have been seeing a lot of information on a potential return to sport and racing. While things across the country and the world continue to be in flux, we can start to picture what events will look like with all of the guidelines presented. Of course, with a last minute cancellation of a 70.3 last week, it’s hard to know when exactly to expect a race to go off. As we’ve been promoting all along, however, we want to physically be prepared at any point. So, let’s start some mental prep, too! Here’s a list of some things that are being considered, and what you might see at races going forward.


TAKING IT TO THE OPEN WATER!

June 15, 2020

Coach Jackie Miller describes how to incorporate pool sets into open water swimming, as well as other tips and tricks, in this blog post!


The "Broken Marathon Challenge" Race Report

May 29, 2020

On May 17th, Joe Rich embarked on a Marathon Challenge. This was not a straight forward marathon. At the beginning of each hour – first run at 8AM, last run at 8PM - Joe ran at least 2 miles (the first run was 2.2) until he got to a full marathon. Read his race report, including nutrition, pacing, mental strategy, and his fastest split (the second to last run) in this blog post!


Tri-ing in the New Normal

May 14, 2020

As triathletes, we embrace structure, predictability, control, routine. We lay out our goals far in advance and then plan a season to prepare to achieve those goals. We develop a base, we build, we do race specific work, we taper, we race, and we do it again. We swim on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We do our bike intervals on Tuesdays and our long ride on Saturdays. We hit the track on Thursdays and do our long run on Sundays. We mix in strength training and body work. We focus on our nutrition before, during and after our training sessions. We analyze our Garmin files. We replace our running shoes as soon as they show wear. We look for the latest gadgets, the fastest wetsuit. All of our efforts are laser directed at achieving our goal of hitting that PR on our A race day.  


Keep Training

April 30, 2020

Here we are – about to approach May 1st and, with a plethora of events being cancelled or postponed, race season 2020 is in jeopardy. With these cancellations, motivation to stay fit and healthy can be hard to maintain. Even with the world embracing the virtual training and race environment, most folks are still itching to get back to the real routine: early morning wake-up, pre-race jitters, and the elation of crossing the finish line.