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Triathlon Swimming VS Pool Swimming

I was approached by one of our athletes after our swim training one night and he asked why we don’t technique work and kicking sets. While I welcome pure swimmers to my squad as an opportunity for them to get fit, these swimmers can be very experienced, and this day, this athlete suggested the rest…

Off-Season: Start with the most important step

At ironguides, our whole philosophy is based upon improving one step at a time or, as we like to call it, brick by brick. As coaches we are here to guide you in your fitness journey and take you to where you want to go. The first thing we need to know from an athlete,…

Rest Days and Focus

Learn how to read your body and think about what you’re doing. This article is written for the obsessive competitive streak in all triathletes and runners. Every athlete putting in dedicated training to a well-thought-out plan will eventually approach their physical limits for that season of their athletic career. Getting this far along is very…

A Toast To New Year's Resolutions

The New Year can bring out the best in athletes such as new focus and better habits—but it can also lead to a very quick breakdown and loss of motivation. Athletes love to make New Year's resolutions. We are always thinking about every possible way to get more from our bodies so we can perform…

Almost Offseason… Now What?

We’re approaching that time of the year where athletes start to wonder: what should I do now? My season is almost over so what can I do to race faster next year? Here are our thoughts on the offseason: Take a bit of a break after your last race to recharge and freshen things up…

Swim Technique – Part 2

In my last article I talked about the process of developing a technique for optimal open-water swimming—here, I want to look at swim fitness and how we can build it. Swim fitness for triathlon is not about getting out of the water as fast as possible—though of course this is a major part of swim…

  • Published in Swim

Swim Technique – Part 1

While the swim portion of the ironman may only represent 10 percent of the race, it does play a significant role in the outcome. The time taken to exit the water is just a fraction of the whole picture of performance— the state in which we exit the water and how much energy is expended…

  • Published in Swim

Nailing Race Day Nutrition

ironguides coach Alun ‘Woody’ Woodward looks into the importance, and ways, of getting your race day nutrition right. Race performance is not only about the fitness you have gained through training but it is also about nutrition on the day. Nutrition plays a significant role—get it wrong and all the fitness in the world won’t…

Weight Training: Is it Really Necessary?

Two years ago I wrote an article on this very subject. How funny it is to hear some of the same athletes asking the same questions with the same concerns so let’s go over this again… Resistance training has for the most part been linked to people like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolf Lundgren. Some have…

High Altitude Training

High altitude training has been a hot topic for years and it keeps coming up in questions week in and week out. Let’s cut to the chase here: Too many athletes think it’s great to be able to do it—however, 90 percent don’t understand the implications of training at high altitude. The most important nutrient…

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