Can You Train Too Hard?

June 29, 2019

We’ve all done it.

We all fall into the trap. The summer months have arrived, and it takes every ounce of our being to not take to the open road, and launch into every workout full-blast, determined to sweat our hearts out in the summer sunshine. We do this willingly, visioning our dreams of completion, achievement, personal bests, and all the other race day feels. 

We want our friends on Strava, Garmin, and all forms of social media to see how fast we went. How strong we are. How far we went, how far we’ve come, how far we’ll go. But is it too much? Is it too hard? Will you reach that goal?

Racing in Europe? Nail Your Nutrition Just Right!

June 20, 2019

Headed to 70.3 Worlds in Nice, France (or any European Ironman event, for that matter), and wondering about on course nutrition and how it compares to what you might normally use? Read on!

The Big Training Day

May 30, 2019

The concept of a massive over-distance day is nothing new to endurance athletes and something many do during their overload block of training for their key race (Ironman, ultra-marathon run or ultra-distance bike race like The Dirty Kanza 200). Personally, as an athlete and as a coach I am a big fan of this for multiple reasons I’ll explain here. There’s both an equal part physical training stimulus and a mental fitness stimulus. If one has never done an extreme endurance activity it’s kind of its own rite of passage if you will – the endurance athlete’s rite of passage. 

The Butterfly Affect

May 10, 2019

Coach Tim Snow started out writing a blog post called The Butterfly Affect, which ended up turning into something much more complex, and lengthy. It turned into something that could not really be most effectively shared in a blog-type setting. But, we wanted to make sure that it was made available to you in the typical way that you access our written content. To that end, please see, below, three different links, all of which will allow you to access the writing, in three different forms.

Mental Fitness Series Booklet Now Available

May 08, 2019

QT2 Systems, LLC is very excited to make available a booklet of this past fall's Mental Fitness Webinar Series, hosted by Mental Fitness Coach and licensed therapist, Lori Ashworth. This booklet contains each of the recorded webinars, a brief description of what is covered in each of the webinars, as well as Lori's full presentation notes.

Hips Don't Lie

April 30, 2019

In order to swim, you must have the mental and physical capabilities to perform an elaborate physics experiment.  No other sport, requires such a high demand of physical suppleness and awareness to engage properly with the environment to propel ones self forward.  In cycling, you engage with the bike at 5 spots.  This physical engagement propels you forward.  In running, there are two points of contact with the solid earth, which through physical engagement will propel you forward.  In swimming, we have the challenge of being face down in the water, trying to grab this liquid substance with a hand, with the goal of moving the body forward.  What we often don’t realize is that the body moves past the hand and arm.  Upon entry the catch is initialized, at this moment the hand and arm are now stationary in the water.   The next process is what separates the efficient swimmer from the inefficient swimmer.

Training to Race in the Heat

April 10, 2019

Heat training relates to the techniques directed to improve performance in warm climates, while heat acclimation is the process by which an athlete becomes accustomed to increased heat over a 4 to 14-day period. Putting these two things together, and you get acclimatization. Acclimatization, is the entire spectrum of heat training, including the initial acclimation period through the time frame, leading to race day. 

Run Pacing: Triathlon vs Open

March 30, 2019

Curious about pracing the run portion of a triathlon and how that differs from pacing open run races?  Read what Coach Doug MacLean has to say on the topic!

Caffeine: Use Don't Abuse

March 20, 2019

Caffeine can be a great tool for athletes of all abilities used to enhance performance. However, when abused (or not used as a tool), it can be a detriment to your training and racing.

Your Why

March 10, 2019

A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to coach 116 athletes at the Austin half marathon. For these athletes their why is a concrete one. To find a cure for an illness they are all in one way or another impacted by. I had the honor and privilege to speak as the charities inspirational speaker the night before the race where I talked about the importance of having a why. Having an intention for our training and racing can mentally be that extra 1% that pushes us just a little harder. Our whys can change race to race and its important to go back to them on a regular basis.