Making the Runner-to-Triathlete Transition

One of the things that make triathlon so interesting is the diversity of the athletes who come to the sport. Triathlon can be thought of as the “melting pot” of all sport. There is not one athletic background that can “make” a triathlete. An advanced swimmer, cyclist, or runner, may have some advantage starting up in the sport, but the training approach, as well as the mental outlook, of what made them an advanced athlete in that sole sport, may have to be adjusted, once initiating triathlon training.
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Translating Pool Fitness to Open Water Success

We swim countless miles, staring at a black line, going back-and forth, back-and-forth, with lane lines on either side of us. And then we go and race, and gone is the black line. Gone are the walls, every 25 seconds. Gone are the lane lines that keep us on path. Gone is crystal clear water. Oh, and now there are what feels like, a few thousand people surrounding us, trying to occupy the same space! YIKES!
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And it's...back to the races!

After taking a little over 20 months off racing, first from burnout and then from injury, I have my first “race” coming up in a little over a week. (My least favorite distance too! The Olympic!) I have been reflecting lately, over both my absence from racing and my return to the sport and have come up with a top ten list of what I miss most (both good and bad) about racing!
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So you want to swim fast? Propulsion. (PART THREE!)

Once you have worked on the specific techniques to help reduce drag in the water and improve streamlining, you can work on increasing propulsion in the water. Propulsion is improved first and foremost by working on stroke mechanics and then becoming efficient in applying a force to the water. The combined effects of body balance, streamlining and good stroke mechanics are what lead to faster swimming.
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So you want to swim fast? An introduction to drag (PART TWO!).

In the last ORR blog, I introduced you to the first facet of swimming fast and provided you with the first 5 of my top 10 drills. In this article, I am going to illustrate the next 5 drills that will help to improve your balance and alignment in the water. Each drill can be performed with or without long fins.
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So you want to swim fast? An introduction to drag.

Intensity and duration of swim workouts are definitely important when trying to swim fast. As these components increase, fitness will improve and speed will get faster, but only to a point. Training harder and longer has its limits. For most of us, there is only so much time we all have available to swim and there is only so much intensity that the body can cope with. At some point, increasing intensity and duration will not be enough to recognize gains in swimming.
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Indoor Training for Outdoor Results

The Northeast: the land of Spring Showers, Blistering summer heat, fantastic foliage, and snow…lots of snow. We get it all! Everyone has a favorite, of course, but who doesn’t love the changing of the seasons?! Answer: this guy! In my ideal world, we’d be constantly living at 65F, mostly sunny, light breeze. After all, minus some potentially cold waters, this would be ideal training weather! Nonetheless, this is New England and, because of the weather, the beat-up roads, and the road rage of rush hour traffic within a 50-mile radius of Boston, we spend time inside training.
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It All Started With A Bet

Follow Jackie Miller, one of our ORR coaches based in Sarasota, FL, on her journey back to Ironman racing after an extended period away. This is the first in the series!
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Periodization Defined

If you consider yourself to be anything beyond a “casual runner” or “beginner triathlete”, you probably have heard of the term “periodization”. Periodization is an important in training to ensure long term improvement, avoid plateaus, and make sure the athlete is in peak condition at the appropriate time in their season. Without periodization, an athlete can achieve solid fitness, but reaching their “peak potential” at the time they want it to happen, will be unlikely.
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Finish Lines

Finish lines are personal. Each and every one of us has a story that is to be celebrated at a finish line. Whether an athlete crosses first with banners, or crosses last, there is always something symbolic about them. They ARE a big deal, not just to the spectator, but to the athlete, who celebrates something sacred, that only he or she can own. It is a journey that started with a first step, lots of growth, failures, and ends with bang. Finish lines are to be respected by others and cherished by the finisher. That is why there are banners, lights, crowds, grandstands, music and announcers at finish lines. They are special.
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One of the things that make triathlon so interesting is the diversity of the athletes who come to the sport. Triathlon can be thought of as the “melting pot” of all sport. There is not one athletic background that can “make” a triathlete. An advanced swimmer, cyclist, or runner, may have some advantage starting up in the sport, but the training approach, as well as the mental outlook, of what made them an advanced athlete in that sole sport, may have to be adjusted, once initiating triathlon training.
We swim countless miles, staring at a black line, going back-and forth, back-and-forth, with lane lines on either side of us. And then we go and race, and gone is the black line. Gone are the walls, every 25 seconds. Gone are the lane lines that keep us on path. Gone is crystal clear water. Oh, and now there are what feels like, a few thousand people surrounding us, trying to occupy the same space! YIKES!
After taking a little over 20 months off racing, first from burnout and then from injury, I have my first “race” coming up in a little over a week. (My least favorite distance too! The Olympic!) I have been reflecting lately, over both my absence from racing and my return to the sport and have come up with a top ten list of what I miss most (both good and bad) about racing!
Once you have worked on the specific techniques to help reduce drag in the water and improve streamlining, you can work on increasing propulsion in the water. Propulsion is improved first and foremost by working on stroke mechanics and then becoming efficient in applying a force to the water. The combined effects of body balance, streamlining and good stroke mechanics are what lead to faster swimming.
In the last ORR blog, I introduced you to the first facet of swimming fast and provided you with the first 5 of my top 10 drills. In this article, I am going to illustrate the next 5 drills that will help to improve your balance and alignment in the water. Each drill can be performed with or without long fins.
Intensity and duration of swim workouts are definitely important when trying to swim fast. As these components increase, fitness will improve and speed will get faster, but only to a point. Training harder and longer has its limits. For most of us, there is only so much time we all have available to swim and there is only so much intensity that the body can cope with. At some point, increasing intensity and duration will not be enough to recognize gains in swimming.
The Northeast: the land of Spring Showers, Blistering summer heat, fantastic foliage, and snow…lots of snow. We get it all! Everyone has a favorite, of course, but who doesn’t love the changing of the seasons?! Answer: this guy! In my ideal world, we’d be constantly living at 65F, mostly sunny, light breeze. After all, minus some potentially cold waters, this would be ideal training weather! Nonetheless, this is New England and, because of the weather, the beat-up roads, and the road rage of rush hour traffic within a 50-mile radius of Boston, we spend time inside training.
Follow Jackie Miller, one of our ORR coaches based in Sarasota, FL, on her journey back to Ironman racing after an extended period away. This is the first in the series!
If you consider yourself to be anything beyond a “casual runner” or “beginner triathlete”, you probably have heard of the term “periodization”. Periodization is an important in training to ensure long term improvement, avoid plateaus, and make sure the athlete is in peak condition at the appropriate time in their season. Without periodization, an athlete can achieve solid fitness, but reaching their “peak potential” at the time they want it to happen, will be unlikely.
Finish lines are personal. Each and every one of us has a story that is to be celebrated at a finish line. Whether an athlete crosses first with banners, or crosses last, there is always something symbolic about them. They ARE a big deal, not just to the spectator, but to the athlete, who celebrates something sacred, that only he or she can own. It is a journey that started with a first step, lots of growth, failures, and ends with bang. Finish lines are to be respected by others and cherished by the finisher. That is why there are banners, lights, crowds, grandstands, music and announcers at finish lines. They are special.