Reasons to Come to SLO for Endurance Training

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WF Rrun10. Hills, glorious hills. Whether on the bike or on the run, there are hills everywhere to challenge even the fittest of athletes. Are you looking for a leg burner? Cuesta Grade has a 1000ft elevation climb over 3 miles. High Mountain Road has an 11% grade for a quarter mile that will have your heart coming out of your chest. If you’re planning to run in either the San Luis Obispo Marathon or the SLO Triathlon, make sure to train on Johnson St. hill, a half-mile 4.4% grade.

9. Go Off-Road. Take a break from training on asphalt and enjoy the many trails around SLO. From Johnson Ranch and Irish Hills to Shooters and Poly Canyon, there’s something for everyone. Would you like a hill-trail challenge? Test your fitness by running the Madonna Mountain, Rock Garden Trail in less than 11 min.

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Wildflower 2014 - An Athlete's Perspective

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By: Kelvin Brillante, Tri-California Ambassador

Another Wildflower Triathlon long course is in the books. As always it was a bitter sweet weekend. The weekend was filled with fantastic camaraderie, a lot of food, and a huge expo that included free massages and chiropractic care! In regards to the chiropractic care, I have to give a big thanks to Monica who did a super awesome job on readjusting my hips and back and taping up my shoulder the day before the race! Away from the expo, camping was a thrill with my Bangarang Runners and Fil Am Tri team. I believe that our campsite was just one of the loudest campsites out there that weekend (sorry to the teams who were nearby). Many stories, jokes, smiles, laughs, and of course race nerves were shared among the group. I miss it already and definitely am looking forward to next years Wildflower! Anyways, onto the race stuff. Going into this race I had really high expectations of myself; I mean really high! Unfortunately, my personal expectations were not met but at least I earned a personal record. Even though I did not reach my original goal, I crossed that finish line pretty stoked out and am very happy with my finishing time considering how the day went. So lets start off with the swim, run, bike and run.

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Prepping for the bike course

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With a hill fondly dubbed Nasty Grade Hill, it's a sure bet that the Wildflower long course race has a challenging bike course laid out for you! But don't let that intimidate--we're here to help with a few tips and tricks to make your 56-mile tour of the hills more comfortable.

Any time you ar prepping for a challening bike course, one thing you want to do is take a drive of it the day or two before hand so that you can put to memory what's in store. The above named hill, for instance, comes late in the race. Better to know when to expect it than go in blindly.

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After the bike--the run!

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So now that you know what to expect from the Wildflower bike course, it's time to set your sights on prepping for the run course. As with the bike course, the run course isn't flat and fast, but it's also something you can work to master and maybe even surprise yourself with great results.

Brandon Del Campo is a former pro and current top age grouper who knows the Wildflower course like the back of his hand. His advice? Get ready for the hills! "The run course is very hilly with one super steep climb around mile 5 and then a long uphill at the 10 mile 'U-turn,'" he says. "You will also find a demanding one mile downhill at the end. That last mile is a total quad buster."

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Why Has FINIS Gone Strapless

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FinisWith the release of the Agility and Instinct strapless hand paddles, it is clear that FINIS has found some advantages in producing paddles without the traditional elastic straps. Coaches and swimmers who have not had the experience of swimming with these training aids will ask us what the benefits of using this type of paddle are. Following the old adage of "if there is one question, there are bound to be more people with the same one", we hope to provide a few examples as to why swimmers will benefit from using these paddles. So why strapless? Doing without the straps reduces the opportunity for one to swim with incorrect form. If there are errors in hand entry, positioning, a low elbow, or any general loss of contact with the water against the palm, the paddle will become dislodged and provide instant feedback to the user. We call this method of training remaining "palm positive", which essentially means continuously pulling water throughout the entire stroke cycle.

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