Kate Maas of Switzerland is an experienced runner preparing for her first sprint triathlon. It’s a 500 meter swim, 40k bike, and 5k run triathlon on June 20. She’s done several marathons and an ultra, and while she’s had a desire to do a triathlon for a while, she didn’t start training until she recently registered for the race.
Coach Jim Vance joins the podcast as a repeat guest to talk about his new book, Triathlon 2.0: Data-Driven Performance Training.
Jim worked on this book for 4 years before it’s release in early 2016. It’s a detailed book for serious athletes willing to look at their training data and use it to improve. Jim was a former professional triathlete and now, as a well known coach, he has become an expert in analyzing training data.
This book builds on concepts in Joe Friel’s Triathlete’s Training Bible and uses charts and graphs to show how to use and understand your data.
Even if you don’t use a power meter, and most experienced athletes should, you can still learn how to use data from your GPS unit to improve your running.
I feel confident in saying this will be one of the most useful books for serious triathletes.
Weston Titus is a 6’5”, 225 pound, former basketball player who attempted his first 70.3 Half Ironman in Oceanside on April 2, 2016. This episode includes an interview three days before the race and an interview 3 days after the race.
He has completed five sprint triathlons but this will be his first half ironman. He is also preparing for Ironman Arizona in November. We covered:
His transition from a more random training routine to a more structured schedule
What books he used to prepare, and which single book was most useful
The test workouts he used to gauge his progress
His nutrition plan for the race
His race goals
Weston had a successful race. Tune in to the second half of the podcast to find out how he did it. He consumed roughly 45-50 ounces of fluid (1.5 liters) per hour on his 3:14 bike and about 400 calories per hour during the bike. Even accounting for his larger size (225 pounds), those are higher than normal numbers, but it was within the range of what he trained and he didn’t notice any negative effects from that consumption level. His splits are listed below:
George Dallam returns to discuss his latest studies. George was a popular guest on episodes 3, 4, and 25. This time we talk about how mobility might improve running speed. George is doing a study on the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). FMS is a test of seven movements and a score is given based on results (a video of the seven movements is included below).
George’s study is testing whether increasing mobility over a period of 8 weeks might improve running speed in a one mile test. Results from other movement studies have shown that improved mobility decreases the chance of injury in other sports.
We briefly touch on the Alexander Technique. Named after Australian F.M. Alexander (1869-1955), Wikipedia describes it as a method “to avoid unnecessary muscular and mental tension during everyday activities”. Based on what little I’ve learned I’d describe it as a method for good posture.
In my first interview with George three years ago we talked about nasal breathing. He has completed his study and found benefits to breathing only through the nose during exercise, which include a reduced likelihood of EIB, or exercise induced asthma. George only breathes through his nose while training and racing.
George is a professor at Colorado State University in Pueblo. He was the first USA Triathlon National Teams coach and he coached Olympic triathlete Hunter Kemper.
Joe Running Toward Victory @ 2016 Tritonman Triathlon
Joe Maloy is currently 2nd in the point standings to qualify for the 2016 United States Men’s Olympic team. There is just one more qualifying race at which to earn points and that’s the ITU WTS event in Yokohama, Japan May 14. Joe, age 30, talks about his path in triathlon and his current training base in Poway, California.
It’s an inside look at the process and dedication required to become an Olympian. Joe swam in college, won 2009 USAT Age Group National Championships, and continued to improve as he pursued ITU draft legal racing. Have a listen and you’ll have someone to root for in Brazil if Joe qualifies for the team.
Shane Niemeyer’s life was not headed in the right direction. He committed crimes and used drugs and spent time in jail and prison. He tried suicide. While in prison he read an article about Dave Scott and triathlon became his new passion.
In his first year after release he did a half ironman and a full Ironman. In 2013 he recorded his fastest ever Ironman, going 9:14 and finishing 20th and Ironman Texas.
Episode 67 includes a look back at the mistakes I made in my racing career. I have mostly great memories of my racing career, but if I could have avoided the following mistakes I would have been more successful
Not having an optimal peer group when I was younger
Focusing on many types of racing: Ironman, duathlon, bike racing
Not having a coach
Not having a consistent riding group in the winter
Not stretching enough
Not taking proper rest
Not working enough on my swim
Not being organized well enough
I also answer a question about Ironman nutrition from a listener named Courtney.
Tiff Pfluger was a runner. She thought triathletes were crazy even as her husband got into the sport. She went to volunteer at race Ironman Lake Placid in 2014 and decided that maybe triathletes weren’t crazy. She signed up for Ironman Lake Placid the next day and did the race one year later.
This is her journey from going a collegiate running background to an Ironman finisher at age 35.