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Best of 2020: The most read training articles of 2020

By Stephen Meyers, USA Triathlon | Dec. 20, 2020, 10:30 p.m. (ET)

best training articles of 2020

With so many of our races canceled or postponed, and gyms and pools closed for much of the year, triathlon training certainly looked and felt different in 2020. It was a year unlike any other, and our most-read Multisport Lab training articles certainly reflected the pandemic's influence on our training in 2020. 

USA Triathlon Certified Coaches offered advice on how to do swim workouts without the pool and how you can incorporate these movements — and other strength training exercises — into your new at-home workout routine. Read on for the top 10 most-read training articles of the year.

1. Try these at-home dryland swim exercises

Many pools remain closed around the country. Being able to effectively stay in good swim condition, even when you do not have access to a pool, is critical for long term success. This can be done through dryland training.

2. Dryland stretch cord workouts you can do at home

Dry land stretch cord training can be an effective way to sustain your swim fitness during the offseason or during our ongoing situation with COVID-19. Stretch cord training helps you to maintain swim specific strength and efficiency, conditioning muscle groups and mimicking freestyle movements, making the transition back to the pool much easier. 

3. What you need to know about nutrition periodization

If we change our training throughout the year in order to help us reach specific goals, why do we not change the food we eat to match the changes in our fueling demands?

4. Triathlon Medical Corner: What you need to know about blood clots

Statistically, blood clots tend to occur with increased frequency in older, non-active, and less fit individuals. You wouldn't think of triathletes falling in this category. So how is it that some triathletes can get blood clots in their legs or lungs? And if you have a blood clot, can you train or race again? Learn more. 

5. Can you feel it? 3 swim drills to get a better feel for the water

Even the high-end swimmer is constantly searching for better feel in the water. Here are three easy drills that can be done for any level swimmer who is in search of better feel for the water.

6. Becoming a mindful triathlete 

It’s easy to forget about arguably the biggest driver behind whatever performance your physical training has you ready to deliver on race day … your mind!

7. Yoga poses for the triathlete 

Incorporate yoga into your routine to make your mind and body stronger, while also helping to prevent injuries.

8. Staying motivated during the Coronavirus pandemic

While it has been personally disappointing to have to miss your planned events, it behooves you to maintain your healthy life and exercise routines.

9. What to expect from a swim video analysis 

Most triathletes understand why swim videotaping is important, but not many triathletes actually take the time to seek out an experienced coach to complete a video analysis. To help triathletes put their words into action, this article reviews why video analysis is important, and what to expect from a quality analysis — the most important part of making real improvements in swim technique.

10. 3 nutrition trends for triathletes in 2020 

Anything that you change to your food consumption in a major way needs to be taken seriously, not just implemented based on a trendy article or an opinion of a friend. To help you out, here are three nutrition trends as forecast by a board-certified sports dietitian.

Stephen Meyers, USA Triathlon

Stephen Meyers is Content Manager at USA Triathlon and editor in chief of USA Triathlon Magazine.