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Why Hire A Coach?

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WHY HIRE A COACH? There are lots of training books and programs online but what makes hiring a coach different? A coach helps individuals achieve their own, unique goals with the ability to adjust the schedule due to work or family life, injuries, age, and time. Training is not a one size fits all program, […]

Why Does Tapering Feel Like Crap and how do you stay healthy?

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You have spent months training for your race and most weeks you have felt amazing.  Your mileage was up, and even though you were sleepy tired, the more you ran the better you felt.  Now it is time to rest up for the race and you feel worse.  What the……. What happened, why would you […]

Write a Letter to Yourself Before You Race

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Coach Sami, challenged all of her Ironman Louisville athletes to “write a letter to themselves” before race day. She plans on saving these and mailing them next year as a reminder, but having said that, she did one for herself… CAUTION: THE SAMI ZONE Samiism’s, Trueisms, and Personal Material Ahead Read at Your Own Risk […]

What is Cycling FTP?

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What’s FTP? If you’ve been around folks who train with power on the bike, one term you’ve probably heard is FTP. So let’s break it down. First, we’ll look at the acronym. FTP stands for Functional Threshold Power. In simplest terms, FTP is the amount of power (measured in watts) that you can produce in […]

Increasing Training Volume

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Have you heard of the 10 Percent Rule for increasing your weekly running mileage? Most runners have. It’s a nearly universally accepted way of boosting your training volume. It simply says that you should add no more than 10 percent per week to your total weekly mileage. But this “rule” is flawed. There are many […]

Cadence on the Bike, and Why You Should Care

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One question that pops up all the time at the Computrainer lab is, “what cadence should I be riding at?” Well, that depends. Let’s start by defining what cadence is. Cadence refers to how many revolutions per minute (RPM’s) you make for one leg while riding. Therefore, if your right leg goes around 90 times […]

Becoming a Yoda

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To quote from Matt Dixon, “here is the headline news.”  I love that line, don’t you because it clearly outlines what is important.   So, here is the headline news on how to become a Yoda on race day!  1.       Don’t try. Do. “Do or do not… there is no try.”  Or as triathletes like to […]

What does “Good” Running Form Feel Like

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Written by John Davis In past articles, we’ve looked a lot at what good form “looks like,” objectively speaking. You don’t want your hips dropping on foot strike, or your legs crossing over the center of your body, or your stride frequency to be too low. But all of these are tough to actually measure […]

The ABCs of Planning Your Race Season

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This is an excellent time to consider what you’d like to accomplish athletically in the upcoming year. As with many things, planning is the key to accomplishment for your race season. Recreational Athletes If you’re a recreational athlete and your goal is simply to complete your events, then you only need to train one aspect […]

10 Tips for Running in the Heat

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10 Quick Tips for Running in the Heat 1. Make adjustments: Don’t do long or higher-intensityworkouts during the heat of the day. If you must run at midday, pick routes with shade. As a general rule, start your workout slower than you usually do. If you’re feeling good halfway through, it’s okay to speed up a […]

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