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Off Season Strength Training - Part One

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, chances are your triathlon season is done, or very close to being so.   Your weekly training volume should be decreasing as should the intensity of your workouts.    This lighter load in training volume is the perfect time to either increase your strength sessions, or, if you’re like the majority of triathletes I know, add it back into your routine.  


As I...

4 Reasons Triathletes need a Road Bike

I'm of the belief that you can never have too many bikes.  A quick look around our garage is evidence of that.   If you are familiar with The Rules, then you know the correct number of bikes one should own is always n+1.  If we had more room, I think there's a good chance we'd have more bikes.



When I started in multi-sport back in 2003, I bought a $500 used road bike. It didn't quite fit me but it...

Maintaining Fitness in the Off Season

For many beginner triathletes, the off season is a funny place. What does off season mean?  Do you stop training?  How much rest is too much?  How do I structure my training?  These are some of the questions I've gotten as a coach and I will do my best to tackle them in this post.

I know when I started out in triathlon, after my last race of the season, I stopped training completely for at least a...

When Life Gives You Lemons

I've been really enjoying my down time but I had planned on getting back into the swing of things this weekend.  That was until my body had other plans.  

Last Friday I emailed my chiro / ART guy to fill him in on how Lake Placid went and to say Thank You. I said something like "Since I won't need to come in and see you any time soon...." yada yada yada. The following Monday, I was back in his...

Tri Talk Tuesday - A Quick Guide to Indoor Cycling Options

Now that November is here, I think it's safe to say that almost everyone in the Northern Hemisphere has probably taken the majority of their cycling training indoors.  The mornings are too dark and cold for my liking and the evenings aren't much better so I've started frequenting my "Pain Cave"on a more regular basis.   This is exactly why Cynthia, Courtneyand I thought that indoor cycling would...

Tri Talk Tuesday - OFF SEASON

 Welcome back Tri Talk Tuesday peeps!  We're now back to monthly posts since most of us are heading into our off season.  Which is why Courtney, Cynthia and I thought it would be great to chat about the Off Season.   So, that's what today's theme is!


The off season is different for everyone. Some people take a few weeks off, some people take a few months off. The length of time I take off...

Tri Talk Tuesday: Off Season

Oh Heyyyyy.

Guess what's back?  Yup, it's Tri Talk Tuesday!  And, the lovely Courtney and Cynthia have asked if I'd like to co-host.  So of course I said yes!  Instead of a weekly post, we're keeping it to once a month on the first Tuesday of every month.


This months theme? The Off Season. Which is totally appropriate for about 90% of the people that read this blog because WINTER IS COMING and that...

Not That I'm Counting or Anything....

But it's been just over two weeks since I've run. Do I miss it? Kind of. But I have to admit, I'm enjoying the free time. In all honestly, I'm feeling a little bit of fear in regards to running. Could I go out and run right now? Absolutely, my legs feel like a million bucks. Would it be pain free? I don't know. I'd like to think so but I'm not 100% sure. If it's not, I know I'll be really upset....

Rest: It's Part of the Program

I knew this past week was going to be busy but I figured I'd probably be able to get a swim and a weight workout in towards the end of the week. What I didn't count on was getting hit with a cold. Nothing like getting sick on day one of a 4 day location shoot. Ugh. Any plans I had for working out went out the window. Which is probably just as well because I put quite a beatdown on my legs in last...

Making The Most of Your Off Season: Hit the Weights

Racing season has come to a close here in Canada.  That officially means it's OFF SEASON.  I don't know about you but I love the off season.  Some people dread it but I look at it as an opportunity to work on things that need improvement.  Not only is it a chance for your body to rest and recover but to re-build as well.

It's also a great time to work on strength and technique. If you remove the...

#GoalGetter2013 - October Edition

Happy Halloween Folks!

Who's dressed up in costume today? Who's giving out candy tonight? Who's been eating candy for the past week and had to go back to the grocery store to get more? That would normally be me, however, this year, since Halloween happens to fall on a Thursday night and coincidentally my run group ALSO meets on Thursday nights I thought it might be fun to dress up in costume, do...

Aurevoir...Just in Time for Christmas

As the cab pulled up, I could feel the grin spreading across my face.  I got out and inhaled the cold, crisp air.  Home at last.  I walked into the front hall, dropped my suitcase, went into the kitchen and hugged the kitchen counter.   Yeah, I was happy to be home.

Don't get me wrong. Paris was lovely. The city is beautiful and there was plenty to do. But it lacked the comforts of home. Namely a...