Matt Russ has coached and trained elite athletes from around the country and internationally for over ten years. He currently holds expert licenses from USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, and is a licensed USA Track and Field Coach. Matt is head coach and owner of The Sport Factory, and works with athletes of all levels full time. He is a free lance author and his articles are regularly featured in a variety of magazines and websites.

Website: http://www.thesportfactory.com/

Motivate Me?

Motivation is something athletes are always seeking, but can be elusive to obtain. Motivation can put a lesser skilled athlete on the podium standing over his more gifted and talented peers. It is the life blood of training. Simply put motivation is how much an individual wants to achieve a goal, but sources of motivation…

Power Training: Using A Power Meter For Triathlon Pacing

Power meters are by no means perfect devices. A robust design with simple functionality has yet to be created in my opinion (although they are getting better); and they are expensive to boot. A power meter requires a level of technical and analytical aptitude that not every athlete will possess. However, if used to correctly,…

Power Training – Beware of the High Bar

Introducing an athlete to the process of training with power can be arduous. The devices themselves require a learning curve to set up, calibrate, and utilize. Once that is out of the way, then the real fun starts: uploading the data to the variety of software available and determining what utility it has. Once we…

The Wrench Does Not Fix the Machine

There are interesting new tools designed to aid the bike fitting process. Some incorporate dynamic motion sensing and capture technology. As a gadget guy, I am compelled by new technology and I often get asked what the “best” fit system or process is. Unfortunately this question circumvents the most key component of a good bicycle…

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2010 Felt B16 Review

When Felt went through the last major redesign of its triathlon/TT line, they decided to create a frame layout that was essentially the same from entry level to top shelf, and purported to be one of the most aerodynamic in the world. With a total of eight variations in the carbon line, even the lowest…

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The Injury Shuffle

When an athlete sustains an injury, the body produces pain as a way to get the athlete to stop doing what is causing it damage. Inflammation creates a feedback loop “turning off” muscle fibers and further shutting down an injury site. Depending on the intensity of the pain and inflammation, the athlete will compensate for…

Cycleops PowerBeam Pro vs Computrainer

When it comes to purchasing a power meter, my recommendation will always be to choose the most flexible product that your budget allows. For this reason I advise purchasing an on-bike unit that can be used both indoors and outdoors, and for training and racing. However, there are some compelling new indoor power training options…

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Garmin Forerunner 405

I was very excited when I first reviewed the design of the new Garmin Forerunner 405. I have been using it’s predecessor, the Forerunner 305, both personally and professionally to coach my athletes. The 305 gives coach and athlete an enormous amount of post-workout data to review, and the 405 promised to improve upon an…

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Felt B16 – Felt Lowers The Price and Raises The Bar

Felt sold a lot of tri bikes in 2008 using a very simple formula- offer more bike for less money. The days of carbon bikes being exclusive to the $5000+ price point are over. The B12 offered a tremendous value at a price tag of just over $2700, and was one of the most in-demand…

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Massive Volume Does Not Equal Massive Performance

Training volume is a component of three things; frequency, duration, and intensity. The right mix of the big three at the right time is the key to athletic success. It is a rare athlete that can absorb massive amounts of volume. Full time professional athletes that are able to sleep, eat, train, and repeat have…

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