Your Latest TrainingPeaks + USA Triathlon Coaches Digest
Who's ready for spring and some bigger races to fire the start gun? Here at TrainingPeaks HQ, we're having a legit winter with plenty of snow and cold. It won't be long before we get into the thick of spring and more fun out on the course though!
This month we bring you some physics-defying devices, identifying value to potential and existing clients and an argument that to go fast on the long course, get fast on the short course. Plus, an Olympic gold medalist (summer games in Rio, not the frozen games in Beijing) sharing insight about how COVID-19 does more than make you sick.
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Let's dive in, shall we...
How Draft-Legal Racing is Great for Making Faster Triathletes
The athlete formerly known as a seven-time Tour de France winner once quipped that draft-legal triathlon was a "Shampoo, a blow-dry and a foot race." That's certainly debatable, but there are some aspects of draft-legal races that can translate to faster times in the longer courses sans-drafting. Take a moment to consider tactics and skills needed for fast transitions and placement throughout a short race. Spoiler alert: don't get gapped and miss the lead group. Writer Tom Epton argues that draft-legal racing is something coaches should consider in helping produce fast swimmers, well-drilled triathletes and technically proficient cyclists.
How to Identify and Create Value as an Endurance Coach
Creating value used to be about getting more for less. Not anymore. Many sellers miss the opportunity to identify what is valuable or what their customers think is valuable. They simply don't show their customers — or potential customers — exactly what they can help solve. Understanding a customer's journey, not you as the "seller," is one of the most significant steps to offering value. But what is "value?" It's providing information (knowledge) to your audience to help them progress on their journey. And every customer might have a different journey to consider. Read in more detail about how to offer better value as a coach to lead to more and better clients. TrainingPeaks' Account Growth Specialist Tim Robinson breaks it all down.
Can Antigravity Running Keep an Injured Athlete Training?
We can pretty much agree that running is the hardest on the body of the triathlon trifecta and triggers most injuries. So now you've got an injured athlete, and they have a race coming in hot. How can they maintain some level of training and still have a shot at performing? There are some tools on the market that promise to keep that delicate balance of healing and rest time while still building strength and fitness. Learn more about how antigravity running devices may open the door to preserving some training, but what limitations are also in the mix from this post by Dr. Jeff Sankoff.
Quoted: "I never lose. I either win, or I learn."
— Nelson Mandela - Former South Africa President
And finally, check out this episode of CoachCast where Dirk Friel talks with Olympic champion Gwen Jorgensen and elite running coach Bobby McGee. Jorgensen will be inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in August! Listen in (or watch on YouTube) about how plans for Jorgensen's year dramatically changed after a COVID-19 infection and how they are working on getting her back training. Plus, McGee talks about running surfaces and the value of running form. It's a great discussion.
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Until the next one, think spring!