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  • OFF-ROAD TRIATHLON RACING & TRAINING
    June 22, 2023

    OFF-ROAD TRIATHLON RACING & TRAINING

    Have you ever wondered about how to spice up your training and add a sense of adventure to your triathlon experience? If so, you might be ready to explore off-road triathlon. As the name might suggest, off-road triathlons are triathlons that are done off-road. They involve swimming in natural open water, mountain biking, and trail running.
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  • HOW TO SAFETY CHECK YOUR BIKE
    June 22, 2023

    HOW TO SAFETY CHECK YOUR BIKE

    Doing a safety check before every bike ride is an important part of preparing for a safe and enjoyable ride. And it doesn’t matter if the bike you are riding has been in storage for years or you ride it 200+ miles every week. Long term storage and regular use can both lead to degradation and/or damage of components and the frame.
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  • BIOMECHANICS OF RUNNING OVERVIEW
    June 22, 2023

    BIOMECHANICS OF RUNNING OVERVIEW

    For over 20 years Playtri coaches have worked with triathletes and runners on improving their run form and decreasing their chance of injury. As a coach and a Playtri coached athlete, I have seen the impact that working on run form with a coach can have on an athlete’s ability to race well. Although running is arguably the simplest and easiest of the three disciplines of triathlon to practice, it is also THE discipline that leads to the greatest cause of injuries.
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  • Hydration for Training & Racing
    June 22, 2023

    Hydration for Training & Racing

    Staying hydrated plays an important role in your training and racing as an endurance athlete. Your training day or race day can be made or broken by the hydration decisions you make that day and in the days leading up to it. For over 20 years, Playtri coaches have been helping athletes create sustainable and simple hydration plans for their training and racing through performance testing and individual coaching plans.

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  • BIOMECHANICS OF CYCLING OVERVIEW
    May 27, 2023

    BIOMECHANICS OF CYCLING OVERVIEW

    As a coach, bike fitter, and a performance tester, I regularly get the question: “How do I get faster on the bike?” The simplest answer is: Ride more. However, that does not take into consideration of how your body interacts with the bicycle. So, the more accurate answer is this: You can ride faster on the bike by maintaining maximum sustainable power output while minimizing drag.

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  • NUTRITION + HYDRATION FOR LONG COURSE RACING
    May 25, 2023

    NUTRITION + HYDRATION FOR LONG COURSE RACING

    Nutrition and hydration is the number one topic that comes up in my work as a coach with a wide range of endurance athletes. Whether it’s a first time Ironman, ultramarathoner, Ironman World Championship Qualifier, or a randonneur, this is the topic that gets the most discussion.
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  • NUTRITION & HYDRATION: SHORT VS LONG COURSE
    May 25, 2023

    NUTRITION & HYDRATION: SHORT VS LONG COURSE

    Nutrition & Hydration can make or break your race day. Although we, the coaches at Playtri, are neither dieticians nor do we masquerade as them on social media, we have learned over the years that certain recommendations can be useful and beneficial for most endurance athletes.
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  • METABOLIC TESTING: AVOID THE BONK
    May 25, 2023

    METABOLIC TESTING: AVOID THE BONK

    As many of you know, I spend a few hours every day getting to interact with retail customers at the Playtri Store. It’s a great experience for me as a coach, because I get to hear and consider all the questions that athletes have regarding the sport. It often leads to quality conversations that hopefully have a positive impact on the athlete’s training and racing.

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  • Bike Handling for Better Racing
    April 30, 2023

    Bike Handling for Better Racing

    Want to get a leg up on the competition at your next non-drafting triathlon? Looking to get started in draft legal racing? Developing solid bike handling skills will give you a decisive advantage over your competition and make you a more confident, safer, and faster triathlete. 

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