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Training Guides – Reviews

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Duathlon, Running, Training

Ben Greenfield – triathlete & 2008 personal trainer of the year

Ben really knows his training tech. And he’s been around for a while as a triathlete and ironman, with a decade of studying, training, racing and coaching pro and amateur endurance athletes. A duathlon is running and cycling without the swimming leg of a triathlon, so his triathlon information provides everything you need to know. A lot of it is cutting-edge information including training plans, nutrition plans and time management so that you don’t spend your whole life training with no time left for family and work.  He offers you instant 24-7 help with training or nutrition questions you have for 9 months, replying to you in person.

You can find out about Ben’s training from his website Here

My Verdict – 14/15

Price – 4/5 Quality – 5/5 Usefulness – 5/5 Total Score – 14/15

If you’re serious about doing well with your running and cycling, I recommend Ben’s Triathlon Dominator Package

OK, running is 2 legs of a Duathlon, and there are several packages out there that cover marathon training and will help you reach peak condition.

Marius Bakken – 2 time Olympic runner

This is good material from a guy who was an Olympian and has since become a trainer (and medical student) and got great results from his students. What’s important to me, is that he provides an online member’s area where you can ask him questions and get access to FAQs posted by other members.  A good book is fine, but it’s stacks more useful to be able to talk to other people currently training themselves; especially an Olympian !

His 100 day marathon plan provides 8 different training schedules and videos that take you step-by-step through them. There are also write-ups and 15 additional videos that cover how to choose training shoes, strength training and more. His website isn’t as flashy as others I’ve seen, but the info and help is really good. You can get to his website Here

My Verdict -12/15

Price – 5/5 Quality – 3/5 Usefulness – 4/5 Total Score – 12/15

The 100 Day Modern Marathon Plan

Jill Bruyere – marathon runner & trainer

Jill’s put together a package called the Marathon Dominator. It covers nutrition/eating, handling injuries and provides a training schedule outline.  The info is provided on a couple of videos and MP3s as well as several eBooks. You can visit Jill’s website Here

My Verdict – 11/15

Price – 3/5 Quality – 4/5 Usefulness – 4/5 Total Score – 11/15

I found a couple of other information products, but they were only books & PDFs, which I don’t find nearly as useful as videos and online-training plans.

Single-sport focus

You may be able to do all three sports back to back but single- sport focus can give you a new events calendar and allow an edge to be gained. Moving from a multisport to a one-sport athlete is not as dumb as it seems.

Short term

For many triathletes, focusing on one sport gets them away from doing all three sports to the same extent all the time. This may allow them to work on a swim weakness when the weather is too bad for much biking or when they are getting back to their preferred sport for a recharge. You do not have to be a three-sport expert all the time and taking some time out from each sport may even be a good thing to do occasionally. If it’s planned and short term, it won’t affect your long-term progress.

The positives and pitfalls

The up-side of single-sport focus is a hunger to get back to missed sports afterwards. Similarly, you get to really give a sport total focus. However, the downfall, especially in running, is that the overload can lead to injury. Cross training keeps you low on injury risk, but focusing on one sport can lead to muscle overload and injury.

Options

Swimming focus can include hitting the water every day for a week, an open-water event or entering a Masters’ gala. On the bike again, you can get out every day and combine a time trial or harder group with your increased mileage to raise the overload level. Run training must be carefully increased, however, and it may be wise to include Aqua-jogging in the pool and soft surface running to reduce the chances of injury.

Duathlon

Duathlon, lacking the swim segment, is often seen by some people as the easier option to triathlon. However, with two runs to contest, it is actually harder than a triathlon. Use these events wisely and you can improve as a triathlete.

Season expanders

Duathlon is a way to include some tough workouts when triathlons are not available or convenient. Use them pre-season (March through April) to bring on your competition ability and test equipment. As triathlon winds down in late September, duathlons become abundant, so you can extend the season for several weeks by incorporating run-bike-run events. Draw a clear line when the season ends, as you must have your required post-season recuperation period followed by winter base building.

Form testers

Many short duathlons are organized by tri clubs to give members a chance to compete when or where swim facilities are not convenient. These can be integrated into mid-week or weekends as quality workouts to see how well you are doing. The key with duathlon racing is simple: treat the first run like a cruise, then get on the bike and start to race proper. That way, you run off the bike strong, like a triathlon feels.

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Bulletproof Your Knee

Posted: September 20, 2010 in Cycling, Duathlon, Ironman, Running, Triathlon
Bulletproof your knee

Bulletproof Knee

This program is worth looking into if you’ve had trouble with your knees while running ( lots of us do ).

Ben Greenfield is a pretty well known Triathlete in the United States and has a great program to sort out this sort of problem. It’s easiest to send you straight to his website than copy what he says in this post -> Bulletproof Knee

The sport of triathlon is challenging, intense, fun and unfortunately expensive. From running shoes, wetsuits, bikes shoes, trisuits, and not to mention bike accessories, the money adds up. Then, you have to purchase the bike. Sure some people start out with whatever bikes they have around, some even try to compete with mountain bikes. Quickly they find that without the right kind of bike, the cycling part of a triathlon is beyond grueling.

Triathlon Bike vs. Road Bike

A road bike is certainly adequate for competing in triathlons, but most people who train and race for any extended period of time, usually end up purchasing a triathlon specific bike. Why? There are many reasons, but mainly because a triathlon bike has been specifically engineered for a triathlon.

Athletes competing in triathlon have just expended massive amounts of energy using almost all of the muscle groups of the body in the pool, and immediately after the ride will have to run. Triathlon bikes are designed to conserve muscles for the run, during the ride.

The concept of a triathlon specific bike came about in the late 80s with the design of the Quintana Roo Superform. The bike had and 80 degree seat angle and 650c wheels. Skeptical professional triathletes soon turned into believers when the bike was ridden in the Ironman New Zealand and the bikes rider, Ray Browning broke both the bike and overall course records. He even began the run leg of the competition with a 30 minute lead over the second place athlete!

Incredible advances in triathlon bike design have been made over the years and the science used to design these bikes is astounding. A study performed in 2000 called The Garside Study compared the bio-mechanical benefits of a triathlon bike versus a road bike, removing aerodynamic factors. Subjects riding 24.8 miles on a road bike then running 6.2 miles were compared to subjects riding the same distance on a triathlon bike then running the same distance. The results were impressive. The athletes riding the triathlon bikes averaged a full5 minute time savings on the run after transitioning off the triathlon bike versus the road bike.

Where to get the best deals on Triathlon Bikes

If you have already begun your search for a triathlon bike, you have learned that all of the integrated technology does not come cheap. Some of the higher end bikes can weigh as little as 13 pounds and cost well over $10,000.

Deals can be found, you just have to know where to look. By all means visit your nearest bike store, ride some bikes and find out what you like. Triathlon bikes come in a variety of frames, styles, weights and colors so it is important to know what you like before you begin bargain hunting.

With the explosion of the internet, one of the best ways to find deal is to go online. Some bike stores offer limited stock online, but online auction/classified sites like eBay, Craigslist and the triathlon specific TriGearTrade.com offer a unique way to find a gently used or closeout new triathlon bike for a great price!

The most important thing to remember in your search for triathlon bike is to find out what you like and shop around for the best deal!

Jessica Albrecht is the COO of TriGearTrade.com which can be found athttp://www.trigeartrade.com

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