QT2 News/Blogs

How do I Qualify for the 2023 Boston Marathon - Recording Available

February 03, 2022

Many runners dream of racing the Boston Marathon.  How do you make your dream a reality?  In this webinar, Coach Reem presents the qualification requirements for the 2023 Boston Marathon, reviews some of the factors you should consider to choose a qualifying race, reviews top spring and summer qualifying races, and provides some tips to maximize your performance on your qualifying race day.

How I Fell Into Gravel (Not Literally, OK a Couple Times Literally)

January 26, 2022

After racing Ironman Finland in August, following a very front-loaded triathlon season, I felt like I really needed a break. So, when a friend told me about a gravel race half an hour from where I live, my first thought was “interesting”, which turned into “that could be fun”, and then “why not”???  And that is how I ended up signing up for my first gravel race – Big Sugar - less than two months before the race.

Injury Series Part 2 - Interventions and Modifications to Train Past an Injury

January 17, 2022

In the previous edition of this “dealing with injuries/pain” blog series, I discussed some guidelines for when an athlete might be able to train through some sort of injury or pain, vs when a hard stop might be indicated.  But, even if an athlete is able to continue working through pain, that doesn’t mean that nothing should be done otherwise in order to try to address it, especially when pain levels fall into that “yellow zone” 3-5/10 range.  Plus, even low levels of pain aren’t fun, so even though we might not want to stop training entirely, of course we still want to make it better, and get past any injuries in order to progress in the longer term!  When niggles strike and maintaining fitness is important, some considerations can be made in order to decrease provocative stresses on the body, while still working towards goals.

Workout of the Month - Core Strength Progression 1

January 11, 2022

Looking to improve your core strength?  Join Coach Reem Jishi for the first in a three part Core Strength Progression Series.

Mastering the IM Run

January 03, 2022

Like an effective taper protocol, the Ironman marathon remains one of the greatest mysteries of our sport. “A mystery, wrapped in an enigma”, those who have it figured out make it look so easy, and we wonder how and why it is possible to run with such ease, after a 112-mile ride.  They are few and far between, but we see them at every race, running their way through fields of competitors who can only watch as they pass by.

Injury Series Part 1 - I'm Injured. Can I Train Through This?

December 20, 2021

Let’s face it - injuries happen in triathlon.  QT2 Systems Coach, Physical Therapist and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Jennie Hansen walks through the factors to consider in deciding whether this is an injury you can or should train through.

Workout of the Month - Postural Mobility and Strength

December 15, 2021

QT2 Systems Coach, Physical Therapist and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Jennie Hansen takes you through mobility and stability exercises to improve posture. This routine will help you open up your chest muscles and strengthen your upper back and shoulder blade muscles.

Anything That Kills Consistency Isn’t Worth Doing

November 20, 2021

Throw-back blog (circa 2009) from QT2 Founder Jesse Kropelnicki on why training too hard kills consistency and leads to injury and impedes long-term performance.

Workout of the Month - Six Exercises for Strong Glutes

November 08, 2021

QT2 Systems Coach, Physical Therapist and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Jennie Hansen takes you through six exercises focused on recruiting and strengthening your glutes.

What Should I Do in the Off-Season to Improve My Swim

November 02, 2021

This time of year, the question on many triathletes' minds is "what's next"?  The off-season is a time to focus on limiters, and for many triathletes, that means time in the pool.  The excitement and enthusiasm of new goals to be achieved and the commitment to maximizing improvement, can lead us to plunging deep into the water with a mindset of “more is better.”  Not that this is bad, but it all depends on the what the definition of “more” is.  More lengths of the pool will not necessarily get you the results you are looking for; however, more focus on mindful swimming will go a long way towards helping you improve your swim.