Racing Ironman Chattanooga — 2015 Edition

.  The coaches just returned from our second annual Ironman Chattanooga camp.  We were joined by 14 eager athletes from 5 different states all in search of additional wisdom for their race day experience.  By default, this meant I spent an extra three days on the course over the weekend and a few extra before […]

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Using Exercise as Stress Relief? Be Careful.

I don’t know a single triathlete or runner that doesn’t use exercise as stress relief to some degree. One of the biggest benefits of exercise, after all, is it’s mood boosting effects. We are all busy people and have lots of hats to wear and roles to juggle, so thank goodness we have some time […]

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Those Critical 72 Hours

A few weeks back I was giving a talk to a group of triathletes.  I didn’t have much to work with prior to the talk so I decided to wing it.  My topic was on all the things you should do before, during and after a major race…those critical 72 hours. For a first time […]

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The Simplified Triathlete – Balance: Simpler and Harder Than You Think

This is part of an ongoing series here at FTP Coaching to help you improve the quality of your training, your life, and your well-being by eliminating stress, inefficiency, and complication in every-day situations. We will explore topics such as training protocols, organizing your gear, establishing schedules, habits, and routines, identifying sources of bad stress, […]

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WTC Rule Changes & What it Means for your Next Race

Sometimes news flies under the radar and isn’t picked up but by a few in a particular profession.  This is often the case in triathlon.  Different race directors have different rules.  Some races are USAT sanctioned and some are not.  ITU has different standards than USAT.  To 90% of the field, it’s probably all the […]

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Is This True?

You know how sometimes the things that drive us crazy about other people are things we used to do ourselves (or still do)? I’m feeling that way today. Let me explain. I can get pretty obsessive about consuming blogs, books, and podcasts when I am interested in a subject. We are lucky to have such […]

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Post Ironman Depression Syndrome (PIDS)

While you may never find the term in a mental health encyclopedia, I am here to inform you that Post Ironman Depression Syndrome is very real.  And it is likely to encroach in the next couple of weeks.  Some athletes anticipate and deal with it.  Others get totally consumed and never emerge from it’s grasp. […]

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Analyzing Your Ironman Race File

Now that Chattanooga is behind us, we have a lot of race files to look at. We can compare how an athlete did versus their race plan and tell each athlete how well they executed their plan and how that impacted their race. All of this data is combined with the feedback we get from […]

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Top 6: Post Ironman Recovery Tips

Post race recovery is different for everyone.  I often judge how I did as a coach by the condition of the athlete 24-48 hours after an event.  I know that if I did my job well, then the athlete will be tired, a bit sore but feeling remarkably well.  Most often athletes are shocked how […]

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