Some Early Season Do’s and Dont’s

Some Do’s and Don’ts of Early Season Training
by Chuck GrazianoUSA Triathlon Level II Certified CoachUSA Cycling Level III Certified CoachPSIA Level III Certified Alpine Ski Coach

During the early part of the training season, your focus should be on much more than just getting back to training. You should create a broad-brush picture of what your training will look like (your Annual Training Plan) and then set out to accomplish the specific goals you’ve set for this early part of the year. In this article, I give you my take on what your goals should focus on.
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Avoiding the Dark Side: Improving Performance by Training the Mind

© 2004 by Joe Friel and Chuck Graziano

On a Saturday afternoon in late Fall, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were down to their last play of the game against Navy, who had hopes of defeating the Irish for the first time in 39 years. The score is tied at 24-24; it’s fourth down with five seconds left on the clock. Notre Dame’s field goal kicker, Nicolas Setta – one of the best in college football, is out with an injury and his replacement, D.J. Fitzpatrick, is about to attempt the longest field goal of his career to win the game for the Irish.
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Training and Racing Using a Power Meter: An Introduction

The ideal training program for any athlete is one that is challenging enough to result in continual improvement, but is not so taxing that it results in illness, injury, or overtraining. Achieving this delicate balance can be difficult in any sport.

Click Here to download Training and Racing Using a Power Meter: an introduction by Andrew R. Coggan, Ph.D.

Packing for Your Road Trip

by Chuck Graziano
©2007 Inspired Performance Coaching

Whether you’re contemplating your first tri or you’ve done a few, one of the more stressful aspects of preparation can be “what not to forget”.  As for me, I’ve done more than my share of races and over the years, I’ve forgotten various items that create a lot of unneeded stress on the trip. I’ve learned not to rely on my head when it comes to packing for a trip. I’ve developed a checklist that pretty much lists everything I’d need. You’ll have to customize your own, but I’ve tried to include as many things below as I could think of (I don’t pack all of these for myself but the list below is intended to be “food for thought” so that you can use it as a model from which to develop your own).

Click Here to download a pdf of the Triathalon Packing Checklist for Longer Distance Events.

Competitive Ironman Nutrition Planning

© 2003 by Ultrafit Associates

The following is a suggested guideline for reducing the likelihood of an inrace stomach “shutdown” while eating prior to, during, and immediately following an Ironman-distance race for experienced athletes who are focused on fast times or race placement. If your goal is to finish the race then the pacing instructions here will be too aggressive, but the refueling suggestions may still be effective.
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Not Just Another Brick in the Wall: Being Creative with Combinations

For Inside Triathlon
© 2005 by Joe Friel and Chuck Graziano
The combination workout, or brick, is a great way to prepare for Multisports racing. A workout that combines two or more disciplines into one training session pays big dividends, providing physiological as well as psychological training for the stresses of race day. In large part, this is due to the very sport-specific nature of the combination. Many athletes use the “same old brick” as a staple in their training plan, however, workouts can be combined in an infinite number of ways and should be structured to make them suitable given a variety of factors that should be considered.
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You’ve Set Your Goals. Now What?

For Inside Triathlon
© 2006 by Joe Friel and Chuck Graziano
Many people believe goal setting is second nature and oftentimes is confused with the kind of thing that isn’t much more than a New Year’s Resolution. When it comes to training and racing, some athletes believe that goal setting is about selecting a target race and either hiring a coach or establishing a training plan to get there.

Goal setting, however, is much more and can be an entire structure onto which a training plan is overlaid. Most Multisports athletes have lives outside of their training and racing, and there are a whole assortment of factors that should be considered when setting up your goals, and the structure that goes with them, outside of your training.
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Nutrition and Hydration for Training & Racing

Lots of people think that if you run or work out a lot, you can eat anything you want, because you’ll burn it off. Well, that’s not quite accurate, although you will need to eat more if you’re training heavily. But as you continue to train, you’re going to find that at certain times your workouts go really well, and at others you’re dragging yourself through them. The difference is usually linked to one of three reasons: 1) How much sleep you’re getting, 2) how well your body has recovered or 3) how well you’ve been eating and drinking (both quality and quantity).
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The Seven Most Common Training Mistakes

From Recreational to Elite Level Athletes
By Chuck Graziano, USAT Certified Triathlon Coach

People attracted to endurance sports are hard driving and results oriented. They also share another characteristic: they tend to make the same mistakes in their training! These mistakes oftentimes cost the athlete the very thing that they’re driving for: a peak performance. Being aware of and taking action on these pitfalls can not only improve performance, but might also help avoid injury, overtraining and burnout! Here’s a list of what to avoid in your training.
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