Entries Tagged as 'Training Tips'

Preparing for an Open Water Lake Swim

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Open Water Swimming

Open water swimming can be exhilarating, liberating, and a little scary. I’ve competed in over 200 open water swim races and triathlons, volunteered as a safety paddler at a number of triathlons, and instructed junior lifeguards for nearly a decade. I’ve learned that with proper preparation, anyone who can swim can swim in open water. The three most important things to do to prepare for open water swimming are: 1) swim in open water; 2) swim in open water; and 3) swim in open water.

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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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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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The Best Regimen for College Fitness

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Starting out at college is a time of excitement, anticipation, and oftentimes, extreme nervousness. There are a whole host of prospects that can leave any freshman filled with anxiety, from making friends to maintaining good grades to knowing which classes to take. One of the biggest sources of anxiety for students, however, is unrelated to academics: A large percentage of students greatly fear the famous and dreaded freshman 15. The truth is, this isn’t an irrational fear: Most college students will gain between 15 and 25 pounds by the end of their sophomore year. One of the main causes of the freshman 15? Lack of exercise: Not only do the majority of college students not get the recommended amount of exercise, one in three just don’t exercise at all. To be fair, finding time for exercise in the midst of busy college life can be challenging, but there are some great ways that that particular hurdle can be side-stepped. Today’s infographic takes a look at the best ways for college students to stay fit—even in the middle of a dorm room. From cardio to strength training to flexibility, there’s a myriad of ways in which even the biggest of couch potatoes can beat the freshman 15.

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The Visual Tool Kit: How vision can improve your performance on Race Day

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Jesse Thomas AviatorsAs triathletes, we pride ourselves on coordinating all aspects of our kit, from shoes and visors to handlebar tape and water bottles. Jesse Thomas has his signature aviators, and whether you are a FOP or BOP athlete, we each have our own “style”. Sunglasses are an integral accessory to any kit, but aside from looking stylish, they are extremely important to your safety and performance in races. Less than an inch behind the lenses are two of the most important organs in our body that allow us to navigate the course from start to finish. Protecting your eyes and utilizing the correct eye wear can give you an edge on your competitors, if you understand how to incorporate lens technology in with your racing and training.

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