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Pros and Cons - Self Coached vs General Plans vs Hiring A Coach

Coaches on Couches

Release Date: 01/17/2020

Choosing the Right Indoor Bike Trainer show art Choosing the Right Indoor Bike Trainer

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If you could have a smart trainer OR a power meter and a dumb trainer, which would you choose? That is the question that sparked this episode. Our athletes do a lot of training indoors, especially in the fall and winter. For most, it's a matter of pure convenience. For some fair weather riders, well, it's the less fair weather that drives them to the turbo. No one really get's into cycling or triathlon to train inside all the time, but when it comes down to getting in the work or not, you can't deny the efficiency and ease of training in your own little house of pain. So in this episode Coach...

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Fueling a Half Distance Triathlon show art Fueling a Half Distance Triathlon

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We say it all the time, fueling is the 4th sport in triathlon. The longer you are out there, the more dialed in your nutrition and hydration strategies need to be. Since Ironman Memphis 70.3 is coming up soon, we figured it timely to talk about how to fuel the entire day, from the time the alarm goes off to the time you cross that finish line. Coach D will be giving a lot of personal examples and his own time schedule for staying topped off. So all you long course triathletes load up on snacks and join us for another episode of Coaches on Couches.

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Ironman Memphis 70.3 Updated Race Preview show art Ironman Memphis 70.3 Updated Race Preview

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On this episode we were super excited to have Erika Larsen (Ironman Race Director) and Caroline Norris (Head of Sales and Events at the race venue, Shelby Farms Park) on the couch. A lot has changed in a year, including every single leg of the Memphis Ironman 70.3 race course. So we figured we'd call in the big guns and get the info straight from the folks who...well...make the info. If you are doing this event, you will not want to miss this. It's better than reading the athlete guide. :) We cover everything from check-in, to parking, to what there is to do in this giant park for 4-8 hours....

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Crit Racing for Newbies show art Crit Racing for Newbies

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With the TN State Criterium coming to our home turf, we figured it timely to talk about some of the golden rules of criterium racing. We'll cover a little on what crit racing is, what to expect, some strategy, and how NOT to look like a total greenhorn. So if you are newer to bike racing or are considering jumping in on your first crit, grab your chamois, your hammers, and join us for another episode of Coaches on Couches.

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Open Water Swimming Basics with Tim Linn show art Open Water Swimming Basics with Tim Linn

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If there is one major barrier of entry into triathlon, it's swimming. And more specifically, swimming in the open water. Even really experienced triathletes can have some anxiety in the open water. So today we are talking to Tim Linn of Family First Tri, a long time competitive swim coach, pro level triathlete, and one heck of an open water swimmer. We will break down why getting in the open water is so different from the pool, what you need to tweak to decrease your panic and anxiety in the open water, and how to increase your open water performance. Apologies for the cruddy audio. Our mics...

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Picking the Right Triathlon Bike show art Picking the Right Triathlon Bike

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You're ready for a new tri rig, but which one should you get? What size should you get? Disc brakes or rim brakes? Fully integrated super bike or one that uses standard parts? What about bar adjustability? Wah wah wah wah....analysis paralysis. It can get pretty overwhelming, but even though we don't directly sell bikes, we help people pick the right one for them every single week. So we've come up with a few MAJOR things to consider, and a few MUST HAVES for your new rocket ship bike. So if you're in the market for a new triathlon bike, open your ears before your wallet, and join us for...

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Skills Pay The Bills show art Skills Pay The Bills

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In any sport, there are sets of skills you need to posses so that you can perform at your highest level. Let's face it, no one ever got to the elite level of curling without having some serious brooming skills. So today we are going to talk about all those lonely skills you've been ignoring, that actually make a big difference in your performance. We will break down triathlon, cycling, and running specific skills. The list is not all inclusive, so if we missed something important, drop us a comment!

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Bike Fitting Series - Fixing Knee Pain show art Bike Fitting Series - Fixing Knee Pain

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Got knee pain? Coach D has been fitting bikes professionally for over a decade, and has seen just about everything in regards to knee pain causation. We can't always blame the fit for knee pain, but in this episode we dive into several possible causes, and the position changes you can make on your bike to fix those issues. So if you are a cyclists or triathlete dealing with knee pain on the bike, join us for another less than serious episode of Coaches on Couches.

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It's All Speed Work! show art It's All Speed Work!

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The truth is we hate the term speed work. Mainly because it's a broad term for multiple styles of training, all of which have their own purpose. And while we are at it, all speed work IS NOT fast! And it doesn’t have to involve intervals that make you want to hurl. So today on the couch we are going to break down the many types of speed work and give you the purpose of each and some tips on when to perform each type. So if you are a runner or triathlete looking to drop the hammer on two feet, start your warm up now and join us for another episode of Coaches on Couches!

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Couch to 70.3 show art Couch to 70.3

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Today on the couch we will be laying out a road map for all of you newbie triathletes who have decided to jump into a half iron triathlon in your first season. Go big or go home right? Some questions answered: What exactly are you getting into? How much time you are looking at training in order to finish? What will my longest workouts be? Do I need to do the full distance before race day? Do I really have to swim? With the much anticipated arrival of Ironman Memphis 70.3, there has been a huge jump in people signing up for their first triathlon, many who have no clue what they signed up for....

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In this episode we chat about the pros and cons of choosing to coach yourself, versus choosing a free or paid training plan, versus hiring a coach. There are a lot of factors that go into choosing which is best for you. Things like budget, spare time, and the learning curve of each will play a big role on the route you should go. So if you are a cyclist, triathlete, or runner staring down a big season with big goals, and don't have a road map yet, join us for another round of Coaches on Couches.

Shout Outs: Coach Heather Nichols!

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Announcements: Memphis 70. 3 Training Group is open for any beginner triathletes. For more info, go to https://buildpeakcompete.com/immem