HUGE SUCCESS: Team RTA Virtual Race
We had our first “Team Race” of the year on Sunday and it was a TOTAL HIT. Obviously, our first race wasn’t the JerseyMan Tri as originally planned, but it was, no doubt, very special in it’s own way.
While there are lots and lots of virtual race options “these days,” Sunday’s virtual Team Race was SPECIAL and a TON OF FUN!
CONGRATS to everyone who participated!
What’s the Deal with A, B & C Races in Triathlon?
When planning out your race season triathletes usually schedule several races, each with a different level of priority. For example, “A,” B,” and “C” races. “A” races are typically top priority while “B” or “C” races are usually preparatory races before your BIG race.
Below I’m going explain what this all means as well as the importance of prioritizing races for your upcoming season.
Making the Most of Your Triathlon Journey
For most of us, triathlon and endurance sports in general is a journey. It’s a journey of self exploration and self improvement.
How far can I go? How fast can I become? How can I push the limits of what I once assumed was impossible?
Short on time to train? Not interested in hiring a triathlon coach? Below is an easy way to improve and come closer to nailing your race & achieving your goals by doing a little post race homework.
Make Race Morning a Thoughtless Process
It doesn’t matter what part of the triathlon season you’re in, making a list helps make race morning a thoughtless process.
If you think this is silly, most athletes are scattered brained the night before and day of a race. By being prepared and eliminating extra thinking, you will alleviate any extra stress.
Did you just have a bad race?
Congrats and welcome to the club.
Bad races happen to everyone occasionally. However, if you manage this unfortunate experience properly and stay motivated, there’s a good chance it will be the precursor to your next PR.
That being said, stop sulking and stop making excuses. Pick your chin up and put on your game face. Below we will go through a process to help you learn from your bad race, stay motivated and get you on track to PR your next race.
Will you be race ready?
A proper taper is one of the keys to a great performance. It is the final piece to the puzzle as it relates to training for a triathlon (or any race). If executed properly, the taper phase will allow your body to heal up, absorb fitness and be fresh for race day.
Have you ever finished a race and felt like your results did NOT reflect your current fitness and overall training efforts? Below we will discuss what, why and how to taper like a pro.
Needless to say, no triathlete or cyclist enjoys getting a flat tire while riding or racing on their bicycle. Sometimes it’s just back luck, but other times it can be prevented.
Here’s a simple precaution you can take prior to riding to help reduce the risk of getting flatting. It takes 2 minutes. This is especially a NO BRAINER before EACH RACE
To The Soon To Be, IRONMAN
A letter to the triathlete about to step up to the IRONMAN starting line.
To the Soon To Be,
Months ago, you made a decision; you signed a piece of paper, and decided to commit yourself, to what I believe is the most grueling endurance race on the planet. You made the decision to challenge your body, and your mind, and see just what you are capable of. But that was then, and this is now.
There has been 1000’s of miles logged since that fateful day. Early mornings in the pool, late nights on the bike trainer, and runs during the hottest part of the day, and those are just the basic elements. There were the lifts, the yoga sessions, the doctors appointments, but even more important, there were the birthday parties, the weddings, the days and hours of work, and the events that could not be missed. It’s been a journey, and not an easy one.
As some of you may know we have a BIG group of athletes racing IRONMAN Lake Placid on Sunday (7/24).
We have 17 from RTA racing IRONMAN Lake Placid AND nearly another 100 family, friends & club members cheering for those racing. There’s NOTHING BETTER then racing along side your teammates and having the support of others.
Below is a list of who’s racing and how you can track them on race day.
Most athletes are very competitive people.
Whether competing against actual competitors, or just one’s self, athletes like to keep track of the score… or the time… or whatever the measuring stick happens to be.
Measuring performance and monitoring self-improvement is what keeps endurance athletes coming back for more. Athletes know their PRs (personal records) and naturally, they are looking to improve them.
This is our inherent nature. It’s a good thing, BUT it should NOT be the ONLY thing.
It’s All Perspective
by: RTA athlete, Liz Urtecho
Over the past 3 weeks I have had the opportunity to reflect on my Ironman finish, what it meant to me and how I will go forward in the sport. I was finding myself getting caught up in the results, analyzing every split, and coming up with new and improved nutrition strategies. I was planning for the next race, my training/racing plan for 2016 and the 2017 Ironman. I was looking forward to my next BOOM!
Over the past few weeks, Team RTA has been very busy training and racing. Our coached athletes and club members alike, have continued to kick butt and add to their list of multisport accomplishments… while having loads of fun along the way.
There have been countless first time finishers at various distances, TONS of new PR’s and several podium performances.
As professional triathlon coaches one of the most satisfying aspects of our job is helping our athletes and Team RTA club members achieve their goals and realize their dreams.
Race Day Execution
Race day is just around the corner. Are you ready to execute?
You have trained your butt off for several months, if not years. You have made endless sacrifices throughout the process. You’re tapered and you feel fit and confident. Simply put, you are in the best shape of your life and ready to have the race you have envisioned.
Not so fast! Your ability to execute on race day will be key.
Race day is quickly approaching and you’ve been doing your best to train and prepare for what will be a memorable day. If this will be your first triathlon, you may be trying to figure out what the heck you should wear on race day. If you haven’t thought about it yet, now is a good time to start. Deciding what to wear can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. If you follow our guidelines below, you will be well on your way to looking good and feeling great during your triathlon.