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Half Ironman Triathlon Training Plan - 20 Week

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photoThis program should be used for an athlete who has competed in some Sprint and Olympic Distances Races, is looking to move up the Half Ironman Distance.

VIDEO: Beginner Triathlon Biking - Basic Shifting, Gearing and Pedals

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photoA video covering some very basic concepts of several components of a triathlon bike. Learn about gearing, shifting, pedals and a little about selecting a cassette for you.

VIDEO: Garmin 405 vs Suunto T6C

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photoIn this review, we put the Garmin Forerunner 405 and the Suunto T6C heart-rate and GPS watches through the wringers.

The Small Things Make a Difference in Your Training

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photoI'm going to let you in on how to get faster by doing nothing. Well, not exactly nothing, but you won't have to raise your heart rate, put out 300 watts, or really even break a sweat.

VIDEO: Lactate Threshold Lab Testing - Part 1

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photoHave you been thinking about getting a lab test done to determine your Lactate Threshold number for generating precise heart-rate zones? Follow AJ as he subjects himself to this grueling test.

VIDEO: Triathlon Bike Basics

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photoWhat makes a triathlon bike a triathlon bike? Learn about angles, seating, position, aerobars, and the importance of a proper bike fit.

August 2010 Training Chat with Coach AJ

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photoDiscussion on rest and on being happy with your performance.

What will my year look like as I move up from HIM to Ironman?

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photoUsing a high-volume schedule for many months is not the best tactic. Build speed and skill several months out, and then transition to a high-volume IM plan.

Member Question: General Triathlon Tapering Guidelines

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photoI have my first tri coming up and I want to know how much I should train on race week and when do I stop completely?

VIDEO: Should You Train and Race With a Power Meter?

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photoTraining with a power meter will make sure that you are spending every minute on the bike effectively. Racing with a power meter will keep you humble and in your proper zones on race day.

Member Question: Training for the Heat

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photoIs it a good idea to wear winter training clothing while training in 70 degree weather in an attempt to artificially mimic warmer weather similiar to my race?

March 2010 Training CHAT with Coach AJ

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photoDiscussions on swimming with no pool, IM long bike and run scheduling, the importance of base, finding motivation, Zoot shoes and running gait analysis.

Can I Train for Two First Half-Ironman's in One Year?

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photoIs it best to target one main half-Ironman for the season, along with some sprints and olympics, or is it feasible to train for two half-Ironmans in the same year?

May Triathlon Training Chat with Coach AJ

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photoQuestions and answers on HIM training with a sprained ankle, metric century plan basics, Olympic speedwork, Ironman commuter rides, bricks, HIM before IM recovery and post race nutrition.

For Better Performance: Analyze Your Race Day into Segments

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photoYou may think that all the swims are the same. You get in, follow the buoys and exit. Well, it’s not so simple. What will the water itself be like?
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"My coaching philosophy can be summed up in two words: listening and balance. By combining these two elements I feel I can help each athlete achieve their full potential."