Learning From Setbacks And Injuries

December 10, 2018

Being in sport, especially triathlon, requires much from the body.  We do what we can to recover well, rest, prehab before we rehab, foam roll, stretch; but sometimes, injury creeps up, and BAAM, the season has been diverted or finished before due time.  Our grandeur thoughts and visualizations of an epic race season do not come to culmination, and will most likely NOT happen.  It will happen to anyone in sport.  I guarantee it.  A setback or injury will sideline us from either a short term, or the long-term goal. 

2019 Boston Marathon Mission Plan Package

December 05, 2018

Running the Boston Marathon this year?  Join our Run Formula community of athletes!  Let us help you get to the finish line, with our 2019 Boston Marathon Mission Plan Package!

Off Season Adventures in Building Fitness

November 30, 2018

Winter can be depressing for many runners, cyclists and triathletes. It can often mean more time on the “dreadmill”, the indoor trainer and/or bundled up for slippery runs. I’m not going to lie I spent many years doing that- hours upon hours on the trainer in the winter, running on the dreadmill several times a week when conditions were nasty outside. However too much of this indoor training over time can eventually burn you out. If it hasn’t happened already consider yourself lucky. If you live in an area that sees a fair amount of snow there are other options you can build in to supplement your base training that will not only offset the boredom factor of indoor training and be a lot more fun, but also can build significant fitness! Wherever possible I try to build adventure into my own training and the athletes I coach.

Ironman Doesn't Make You Slow

November 09, 2018

Talking to other athletes (pro and amateur) and poking around on message boards, one of the most common things I hear when it comes to Ironman training is people saying “I don’t want to train for Ironman because it will make me slow.”  This statement drives me crazy, and it’s time to rant about it…

Something About A Forest and Its Trees

October 20, 2018

We bought a studio! Sorry, let me rephrase…QT2 Systems, LLC bought a studio! A cycling studio. Ok, so I’m a little late with this. We bought it a year ago. It is exactly what we always wanted to do, but simply never saw as a feasible option, because the start-up costs would be such a tremendous obstacle. Well, sometimes feasibility has a way of working itself out. Somebody builds it out, exactly as you would have wanted it, creates a business around it, runs it, and then comes to a point where life simply takes them in a different direction than originally planned. That’s pretty much how we found ourselves with a studio.

Adding Light to the Dark Side of Ironman

October 10, 2018

Ironman training and racing can bring with it, a dark side, and bright side. Both a beginner, and seasoned veteran, should be aware of both.  The demands of Ironman changes lives, but it is the responsibly of coach and athlete, to ensure the change is going to make the life during and after Ironman healthy. The health of the athlete should be physical, but also mentally and socially.  There will be a time, when swim/bike/run will not be part of the prescription for the day.  Hopefully, this isn’t during a training block, but it ultimately will be a prescription someday once the athlete moves on from the Ironman lifestyle.  As I navigated through my own racing career, and continue to navigate life without Ironman training in it, the bright and dark lessons learned along the way have become clear.  I move athletes through training to gain faster splits, but also pay close attention to the impact this training has on the circle of life that surrounds them.

2018 Kona Sale - QT2 Mission Plans

October 07, 2018

For a very limited time, QT2 Systems is offering a Kona sale on its Annual Mission Plan service! Sign up for a QT2 Mission Plan before October 23rd, and get special pricing of $99/28-days. No discount code necessary! Just purchase, and get the savings. Normally $124/28-days, this is our lowest Mission Plan pricing, ever, so don't miss out. Mission Plans are a fully customized and supported training program, built around your specific limiters and race schedule. To read more about Mission Plans and to sign up, click HERE.

Beta-Alanine 101 For The Endurance Athlete

October 01, 2018

For those of you that follow The Core Diet nutrition program recommended by QT2 and OutRival Racing, you know that we don’t recommend many supplements at all.  This is because most supplements simply don’t work.  Money spent on supplements is almost always better spent on good quality food products instead!  Beta Alanine is one supplement that may have enough research behind it now to show some use in endurance sports. In fact, Beta-Alanine may help support muscle capacity and lessen muscle fatigue to benefit athletic performance. The amino acid beta-alanine supports muscle function by acting as a buffer to delay the onset of muscle fatigue for durations of exercise under 5 minutes.

Mental Fitness Webinar Series

September 26, 2018

QT2 Systems is very excited to announce its first ever 8-week Mental Fitness Webinar Series!

QT2 Systems, LLC Mental Fitness Coach, Lori Ashworth, will be hosting this opportunity, starting on October 25th, at 7pm EST. Lori is a licensed therapist, and will be covering topics such as balancing work, life, and training; sleep hygeine; visualization; coping with disappointments and injuries; to name a few.

Strength Training Phases

September 20, 2018

Triathletes talk (a lot!) about swim-bike-run training. That can depend on coaching philosophy and individual training protocol. There is no one set periodization that should be followed for all individuals. A big mistake I see a lot of athletes (particularly with the bitter winters of the north east) do is scale back over the winter and arrive in April with a blank slate, scrambling to get fit for their first race in June. The problem with this is they have no foundation or groundwork to work upon to increase fitness safely without getting injured. April is too late to try and build a base to gain fitness from, work on skill development and spend time getting their race fueling protocol, bike fit, run shoes, wetsuit etc. in racing form.