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Finding Your Perfect Run Cadence

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photoEvery athlete can benefit from a quick cadence no matter if they are an Olympic distance racer or Ironman veteran. Take the time to work on your cadence and you will see many benefits.

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.

VIDEO: What Does Kona Mean? Part 3 - Post Race Interviews

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photoFour Kona athletes give us their race stories.

VIDEO: What Does Kona Mean? Part 2 - Age Grouper Interviews Pre-Race

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photoWe interview several age-groupers pre-race on their Ironman Kona race thoughts.

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?

VIDEO: What Does Kona Mean? Age Grouper Interviews

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photoWe interview two age-groupers that are going to Kona this year, both with new families, as to what draws them to the annual race and what sacrifices they had to make along the annual journey.

Hypoxic and Altitude Training

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photoAltitude training has become a hot topic to increase performance. Since not every athlete can simply relocate to an altitude environment the next question is how can altitude training be simulated?

VIDEO: Blue FS Carbon Review

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photoCoach AJ reviews the Blue FS Carbon mountain bike. A lightweight bike perfect for racing XTERRA triathlons.

August 2010 Training Chat with Coach AJ

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photoDiscussion on rest and on being happy with your performance.

Member Question: What to do after Sprint Plan is Finished?

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photoI have a four week gap between the end of my sprint program and the beginning of my Olympic plan. Is it ok to just keep adding the volume needed to begin the Olympic plan?

April 2010 Training CHAT with Coach AJ

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photoDiscussions on lactate testing and a training schedule leading up to the Triple T.

Member Question: Half Marathon Before a Half Ironman?

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photoMy question is am I playing with fire entering the half marathon this close to my primary goal for this season which is the HIM?

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.

VIDEO: Lactate Threshold Lab Testing - Part 2

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photoIn this second part, AJ will show you how your training pace and heart rate training zones are setup from the results of your lactate threshold test.

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.
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Coach AJ

USAT Level 1 Coach
"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."