About

About

I’m Eric.  As of 2014 I live in New Jersey (formerly Los Angeles, Boulder, & Indiana) with my wife and two young children.  I’ve raced all my life and coached since 2000.  I also run the website Duathlon.com, a website with triathlon and duathlon news in addition to training articles.

Why the Triathlete Training Podcast?

I became a massive consumer of podcasts after getting my new iPhone 5 in 2012.  After listening to hundreds of hours of podcasts I decided to create my own triathlon training podcast.

I raced all my life and I’ve coached since 2000.  There is a genetic component to multisport success, and there’s an intelligence component.  Your parents determined your genetic component but you determine your intelligence component.  This podcast was created to help you with the intelligence part.  It was my strength as an athlete and it’s my strength of my coach.  I hope this podcast entertains you and makes you faster.  I’d love to hear your success story.

Share your story or contact me for coaching by using the contact box on the right side of the webpage.

 

27 thoughts on “About

  1. Joe Harwood

    best show yet, TTO28 the first year athlete one was good but this has just stepped it up and being a first year athlete listening to the experiences of someone who has just been through it was a great listen. please keep up the great work eric

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  2. mike harris

    Hi Eric
    Just writing to say thanks.
    I have been training for my first ever triathlon, and obviously I went straight for an Iron Man……!

    Your podcast has helped enormously, I had no idea what I was letting myself into, I still don’t to be honest as I have 3 weeks to go before the Iron Man. But various tips I have picked up from you have helped me out a load.

    I have a million questions I still need answering but I am guessing that most of these will be answered when I turn up with my bike, wet suit and running gear…!

    I have so many worries, will I be able to do the swim without drowning in less than the 2 hour cut off is my biggest fear this week…next week it will be something else.

    Thanks again..

    keep up the excellent podcast

    mike

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    1. EricSchwartz Post author

      Thanks! Let me know how the race goes either here or in a Facebook post. Good luck!

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  3. Mike

    Eric

    I wanted to thank you for all you do. I signed up for B2B after listening to one of your podcast. I gentleman in Alaska (I think) was talking about signing up for it. So I looked into it and made the commitment to train. All though it was a long summer training I feel the time passed by with help from your podcast. You give honest and great advice. You listen and feel it is a great tool for beginning triathletes. Keep up the good work.

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    1. EricSchwartz Post author

      Mike – glad to hear it! How did your race go?

      FYI – for anyone making comments, they won’t show up right away. To avoid spammers, I have to approve them comments before they appear.

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  4. Pete Duryea

    Eric, love your podcast. Stumbled on it by searching Stitcher. I’ve listened to pretty much all of the podcasts. Makes those long road trips from Omaha to Boulder pass quickly. I love to go out and race and ride in Colorado. In fact, that might be cool to track down the winner of the Mt. Evans hillclimb?
    I like Pete’s advice from TT46 about older athletes like myself (57) not trying anything new. Too risky. I’m living proof of that. Tried doing some clean and presses for 1st time two years ago and tore rotator cuff. Moral of story: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I had a great routine, but thot I needed something different.
    Much like those hill repeats Pete recommends (I just did those today after his endorsement), I think something similar could be offered with regards to improvement of your biking. This spring/summer/fall, I did a lot of club rides, with many surges/sprints and then recoveries. I think it really helps on the long bike legs in a triathlon. I also was curious if your experts could offer advice on how to keep the back loose during those long 112m IM bikes legs. When I got off my bike at IMAZ 2014, I was so stiff I could barely walk to my gear back in T2. Ouch.
    Anyway, fabulous effort on your part…will be loyal customer.
    Pete Duryea
    Greenstreet Velo Club

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    1. EricSchwartz Post author

      Pete – Thanks! I miss those long drives out on the open plains.

      I don’t have an easy answer for back stiffness. Bike fit is the most common reason, but definitely not the only cause of stiff back in an Ironman.

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  5. Wayne ryan

    Hi Eric,
    I really don’t know how I came upon your podcasts but I got a new I phone and was messing about different subjects and I clicked on your podcast and found it really interesting. Basically I’m 43 and I just qualified in exercise, health studies and pt. I’m now studying Neuromuscular physical therapy. Although I do know a lot on these subjects sometimes I feel I know very little. Anatomy, physiology and myology are so broad that I feel I only scratched the surface. Triathlon is so good a subject for me to learn about the body. Physically and mentally. I can barely swim can bike a bit and run a bit so I can appreciate the levels and dedication it must take to achieve a full triathlon/ironman. I travel to Lanzarote last ten years on holiday and I think if you can do that Ironman I’d say you can do anything. I really like when a newbie asks you questions. Some might sound silly but honestly this is what frightens people from taking up the sport. Anyway keep up the good work. Know that someone in county Wicklow Ireland is listening in and maybe just think of the people over here in the rain wind and cold trying this sport ha.
    Go raibh mile Amaith Agaith……..(thank you very much)
    Wayne ryan

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  6. timmy gallagher

    Hey Eric, I am training up for IM Maryland. I raced in the late 80’s and 90’s, with some age group success, and am on a come back. The sport has changed a good deal since then. Your podcast has helped me bridge the gap of years not racing. It is now part of my regular training; really enjoy the interviews and varied topics.

    See you around!

    Timmy G

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  7. Ricky

    Love the podcast. I especially liked the first time Ironman episodes when I was training for my first one that I completed in October of 2014. Thank You

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  8. Jesse W

    Eric
    Thanks for a great podcast. I only found you about 3 weeks ago but you’re now my cycle and run training partner.

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  9. Jonathan Miller

    Hi Eric. These podcasts are really valuable. I’ve picked up so many great tips from all of them. Gordo’s podcast about pacing, Hunter Allen’s about cycling technique, your experiances sharing the good and bad. Pete Pfitzinger’s wise words on running. It’s all excellent. At our little Triclub, Wanborough Tri, in UK, we regularly share these ideas and try and embed them.

    Excellent stuff! Thank you!

    Jonathan

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  10. Stefan Sjöström

    Hi,
    Enjoy your podcasts. Not sure if I can call myself a triathlete, since I’ve only done a single race. On the other hand that was an ironman event. At the time it felt cool that the first one would be an IM…

    In the last show you asked for feedback relating to TT044, an interview with Dr Thomas Hughes. Especially the discussion about cadence and elastic recoil was very helpful to me. Knowing that I have a lower cadence than I “should”, I have tried to run with a metronome many times without feeling good, nor seeing any long-term effects on my cadence . Dr Hughes’ explanation that higher cadence doesn’t work if you don’t make use of elastic recoil from the Achilles tendon and lower leg muscles made perfect sense. I then bought a pair of low-drop shoes (not extreme, a pair of Saucony Zealot). During the first short run with the new shoes I simply focussed on finding a sense of recoil, which appeared much easier in these shoes. I realised that without at all trying to go faster my pace immediately went down from around 5:45 min/k towards 5:00. Admittedly with slightly more effort, but with a relaxed form. Within only a week or so, I noticed how new muscles protruded on my calves (I expect from them being activated and tense, rather than grown). I am now working on building up strength in the lower legs to sustain that type of stride for longer periods (often doing short 5K runs to and from work). The transition to low drop was easier than I thought, I ran a 44K race in the new shoes only 7 weeks after I got them (although I went back to “shuffle stride” to avoid putting to much stress on new muscles and tendons). It remains to be seen what difference this makes when I push it in races, but so far it feels like the most distinct improvement in technique I experienced since I started doing marathons in 2002.

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  11. Amie

    Hello! Thank you! I am new to the Tri world and I greatly appreciate your podcast. I am training for IMFL 2015. I have a LONG way to go. My goal is simply to have a great race day and FINISH. The swim is by far my weakest link. But then again I’m slow at all 3 disciplines. I have been a runner since High School and in late 2013 decided to take on a sprint triathlon.
    The whole long story is on my blog.
    Thank you for the great podcasts!!!
    Keep ’em coming….

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    1. EricSchwartz Post author

      Good luck, Amie! If you have any specific questions feel free to send it via Voicemail with the link on the right (visible on computer, probably not from a smart phone), or ask on the Facebook page.

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  12. Mark Obremsky

    Eric,
    I love the pod cast. I’ve been listening since the 3rd POD Cast. I think I remember one of your guest talking about a pre lubed and worked in bike chain. Is this correct and also do you know the company or website? Thanks for all the advice and I love listening to your Pod Cast.
    Mark

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  13. Ryan

    Hey Eric,

    Just wanted to drop a note and say thanks for the podcast. Just started getting into Tri training in December and like most of the guests you seem to have on the show I got pretty obsessed real quick. Your show has been a massive inspiration and helped me heaps.

    One quick question and something I’ve never really hear answered on your show before. So I’ve started training in December 2015, got hooked and started making plans. I’m now setting myself got the Ballarat ironman 70.3 on December 11th (I’m in Australia by the way). Now along the way I have a half marathon set in mid May then another in July. Then I was thinking about doing a full marathon in early October as kind of a bucket list this and to give myself some confidence going into the 70.3. I’m not a great runner and am a heavy set guy so only slowly building up the k’s, 13k’s is my longest run so far. I’m smashing out the bike and feel great on it so I feel like the run is my weakest leg at the moment. What are your thoughts? Should I forget about the marathon and just worry about getting myself set for the 70.3 or can I do both? Thanks for your time and keep up the great work.

    Ryan Milroy
    Mildura, Australia

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    1. EricSchwartz Post author

      Thanks, Ryan!

      It’s a common question about the marathon. I would skip the marathon. It takes a lot of training and recovery time to do a marathon and it probably isn’t worth the time investment to prepare for your half ironman. The half marathons you do in May and July should help with your confidence.

      Good luck.

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  14. Jacob

    Hi Eric,

    Greetings from Tokyo! Your podcasts are very informative and enjoyable to listen too. I’m actually on my second round of listening since finding you on iTunes last year. I’m in my third year of triathlon – this was to be my break-out year, but instead I’m having a bummer year so far with a herniated lumbar disc.

    I may just be healed up enough to do my main event this year (Cobra Energy Ironman 70.3 Philippines). I signed up about 10 days before injuring my back and it’s been a long 7 months. I won’t be making any new PR’s but I should be able to at least enjoy the finish line thanks to the tips from you and your guests.

    Thanks for creating such a great resource!

    Cheers!

    Jacob

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  15. Jason Forino

    Eric,

    Just want to say thank you for doing this podcast, I live in Boston and am 29. I was a college lacrosse player and always very competitive. I wanted to give myself so I signed up for TImberman 70.3 without every having done a tri before. Additionally, I am not a good biker, swimmer or distance runner, perfect recipe for a tri-athlete.

    I have been doing the training and grinding through the swim and getting it done on the bike. I am not the fastest at either but I am hitting the distances the program I have has recommended.

    The one area that I am struggling with is the run. Intiatially I was have no problems, once again I was not the fastest but I was getting everything done. However, my knees have flared up with pain. I initially iced and took 2 weeks off from running completely and that seemed to help.

    I started running after that two weeks was up and was ok, still light pain in my knees but nothing terrible. I started rolling out my IT Bands alot more as well along with all my other muscles in the legs to see if they were becoming tight cause extra stress on my knees. However after about 3 weeks of running went on an hour run the other day and got knee pain again. I also took some tips from the podcast on my form.

    Wanted to see if you had any quick thoughts or tips on ways to attack this? THe race is in August 20th and I was not sure if I go 2 weeks on 2 weeks off or just wing the run?

    Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. EricSchwartz Post author

      Jason,
      There are many possibilities and a physical therapist can give you the best advice on this.
      All I can suggest is keep up with your stretching, especially your hamstrings.

      Hope it goes away quickly.
      Eric

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