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2019 Trimarni skills camp - 3 slots left!

In case you didn't's MARCH!! Am I the only one that feels like January is twelve weeks long and then boom, it's the spring?? We are just a few weeks away from our first camp of 2019 which means triathlon season is coming soon!!  I've lost count of how many group camps we have put on over the past seven years but the group camp experience is something we look forward to every year. While they are stressful and time-consuming to plan, it's always a rewarding and special experience when we see our campers in action, supporting one another and stepping out of their comfort zone and into their courage zone. We only have a few slots (3) left for our March Skills camp so don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to train outside in a group setting (especially if you've been training indoors), improve your swim/bike/run skills, learn valuable information to apply to your training and racing and stretch your comfort zone as you prepar

The wrong way to change body composition

Many athletes believe that a change in body composition will improve speed, power, fitness and performance. Whereas some athletes are genetically made with a body composition that is suited for a specific sport, most athletes put a lot of work into trying to reach a body composition goal. This leads me to the point of this blog post...athletic success requires work but how much work is too much work? Should athletes have to "work" on changing body composition on top of the training that is required to physically prepare for an event?  This is why I caution athletes to be careful how they go about body composition changes. The body should change naturally as a result of a solid foundation of eating, nutrient timing and proper use of sport nutrition products. It's also important to make sure your idea of how you think your body should look isn't based on the idealized image seen in media - one that emphasizes little to no body fat and extreme leanness and/or musc

Building athletic resilience

I can't believe we are only six weeks away from our first triathlon of 2019!! While a long season ahead (ending with the Ironman World Championship in Kona in October), I'm so excited to race!! After nearly 13 consecutive years of endurance triathlon racing, I still love the process of training. Before every race, I still feel all the butterflies in my stomach and wonder what obstacles I'll have to overcome during 70.3 or 140.6 miles. While  a well-designed training plan will have the proper mix of stress and recovery to ensure that the right type of training occurs at the right time, every athlete handles training stress differently. My body thirteen years ago would not have been able to handle the type of training that I do now.  Building a durable athlete takes time, careful planning and a lot of patience. This is not easy because athletes want results now – to be faster, stronger, leaner. The end result is an overworked body that fails to make significant perfo

Prisma Half Marathon Race Report

In the thick of triathlon training, Karel had his second (and last planned) running race of 2019. The first was a 5K in January. This past Saturday, Karel participated in the Prisma Half Marathon. Karel loves to race and he actually receives a performance boost from his races. Despite no specific training for these road races (ex. intervals/speed work), Karel has been able to outperform his expectations and bounce back quickly into his structured triathlon training. I am the opposite - running races take a lot out of me, physically. Although I've been injury free since 2013, my body is resilient but I have to be very careful and strategic with my run training (volume, frequency and intensity). I actually feel that I am a more efficient runner off the bike than in a stand alone running race. If I'm going to do a road race, I'll select a fun one to do in the end of the season (after my triathlon season is complete, like I did this past year in October ) as I know I'v