April 17, 2018
In the final installment of our three-part series on race planning, preparation and execution, we talk about what is, in fact, the ultimate goal of all our planning and training: race day.
Topics we cover include:
- Proper planning and setup for speedy transitions
- Pacing (and how to be the rare disciplined athlete that does not start too fast)
- Race etiquette and how to be a good representative for the sport
- The two kinds of race reports (internal for you and your coach, external for public consumption) and what details make them helpful and entertaining
- Analyzing post-race data--and how to use it to improve
April 3, 2018
Our chat with writer, professor and endurance athlete Susan Lacke. She's just released the new book "Life's too Short to Go So F*cking Slow," which examines her transformation from a junk-food loving, pack-a-day smoking new professor battling alcoholism to an athlete and writer for fitness magazines with the help of her hard-driving boss (who also became a great friend).
Topics we covered include:
- Why the title of the book is not making fun of slow people
- What she thought of health and fitness nuts before getting hooked on endurance sports
- How a well-timed smoke break started a conversation and friendship that changed her life
- The influence of her notoriously hard-ass boss (Prof. Carlos Nunez) that pushed and encouraged her into increasingly challenging athletic pursuits
- The most enduring lessons she learned from Carlos as he was battling and dying from colon cancer
- How she began writing for magazines like Competitor and Triathlete
- How her writing for Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete led to a bet with Impossible HQ's Joel Runyon about whether a "paleo-vegetarian" diet was possible
- The race she would most like to do, and why she won't take the "easy" method to get there
March 29, 2018
Lana, Derek and Chris discuss some tips on preparing for a specific race--from registration and planning to the morning of the race.
Covering topics like:
- What should an athlete look at before committing money and registering for the race
- Selecting a race that requires additional travel besides driving across town on race morning
- What information sources can you consult to learn about a race
- What are some of the best ways to get the best bang for your buck, training-wise, aside from visiting the course and training on it?
- How do you go about making sure your gear is ready for the race
- What are some absolute go-to, must-do workouts or training exercises you should do before a race
- Let’s talk about taper… when normally exhausted hungry athletes get just plain crazy
- During this tapering/peaking period, what else should you do to be at your best on race day?
- What you should do the day before the race
March 13, 2018
Al Dockery is a self-described "recovering writer" who stumbled into running and triathlon several years ago after a frank and somewhat-scary discussion with his doctor.
His initial goal was to run one 10K per year, but he quickly eclipsed that mark as his newfound love of endurance sport propelled him to try longer and more challenging races.
With his blog, SwimBikeStumble, Al chronicles his own successes and setbacks in triathlon, and shares some of the humor he's found along the way. (One of our favorites is from his "Seven Signs You May Be an Open Water Swimer" is Sign #2 "A satellite image of your half Ironman swim track spells out the word: potato. Yes it was a point to point river swim.")
Al is currently publishing a blog series for new triathletes, so if you're new to the sport (or know someone who is), send them to his blog to get a simple and light-hearted guide to how to get started in what can be an intimating sport. He's also working to publish a cycling-based novel, stay tuned for updates on that!
March 6, 2018
In this round-table discussion, Lana, Derek and Chris talk about their 2018 race plans, how they go about planning a season, choosing races, and what they're looking to get out of the upcoming year.
Topics we covered include:
- Setting process-focused goals
- Different ways to plan out a race season (Performance-oriented, race-oriented, qualification-oriented and participation-oriented)
- How using a coach or trusted adviser can help keep you from doing too many races, or the wrong race at the wrong time.
- Factors we consider when selecting races (scheduling, cost, travel, course, and others)
- How we make travelling to races a bit less stressful
- Who to ask for good race report information
This is part one of three of a round table we're having on planning, executing and learning from our 2018 race season. Installment two will focus on individual race prep and strategy. The third installment will talk about reviewing results after a race to learn and refine future training and racing strategy.
February 23, 2018
Andrew Talansky spent nearly a decade grinding the gears with Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling. In that time, he won U.S. Time Trial Championship and the Criterium Dauhpine, as well as top-10 finishes at the Tour De France, Vuelta, Tour de Suisse and Tour of California.
The schedule of a UCI-level pro cyclist is daunting. Up to 80 days a year of racing, weeks of travel, living in multiple locations, training camps, you name it.
After becoming a father, Talansky wanted to reclaim his time while taking on a new challenge. So, in the fall of 2017, he announced his retirement from pro cycling, donned a wetsuit and took the plunge into triathlon.
We talked about several aspects of his transition into the sport, including:
- Why Ironman races seemed like a better fit than ITU
- How things unfolded at his first (and so far only) triathlon
- How his approach to cycling has changed with the addition of two other sports
- How he's attempting to balance his training to become competitive quickly, while also not overdoing it and getting injured
- How his approach to in-race nutrition might change (especially with having to run at the end of a triathlon)
- The differences in being a member of a UCI Team (an employee) and being a pro triathlete (an entrepreuner)
- How he and his family have adjusted to his new career
- His goals for 2018
Follow Andrew at his website, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
January 31, 2018
Fan-favorite Dr. Kevin Sprouse returns as the Lost in Transition recordholder (this is his fourth show!).
Kevin is the "Head of Medicine" for a UCI Pro Cycling Team with perhaps the longest name in the spot. "EF Education First Drapac Presented by Cannondale." At this time this hits the show feed, he'll be in Italy for a spring training camp with the team.
We talked about the recent doping controversies in cycling and triathlon, as well as the process that athletes have to go to get a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for an otherwise-banned substance. Many sports medicine doctors that deal with age-group triathletes are not aware of items on the banned list, or assume having a prescription will cover you. It will not.
It's always a great idea to check out US Anti-Doping Agency's FAQs about banned substances for recreational competitors, as well as using the database at Global DRO to search items on the banned list.
We also talked about some of the latest technology and testing he's using at his practice (Podium Sports Medicine) and revisited the most frequently-asked question this time of year: "When can I train through illness and when do I need to just STOP?"a
We also talked a bit about his 2018 schedule and role in supporting former Cannondale rider, now turned triathlete, Andrew Talansky.
January 22, 2018
We talk to RTMC and KTC board member Larry Brede about bringing the SwimRun format to Knoxville.
Larry jumped in with both feet (and running shoes ...and a pull buoy) to the SwimRun format last year, along with his sister-in-law (popular Lost in Transition Guest and multisport standout Jaime Brede) at SwimRun NC in 2016.
We covered topics like:
- Why does the SwimRun format use teams of two people?
- How does strategy for a SwimRun race vary from the Aquathlon format with which many triathletes are familiar?
- How in the heck do you prevent blisters while running and swimming in your shoes?
- Many SwimRun events are in the spring or fall. What are some of the unique advantages and challenges to holding a SwimRun race in Knoxville during July?
- What does the course look like for SwimRun RockyKnox?
You can get updates on SwimRun RockyKnox via their Facebook page, on KTC's site and signup at RunSignup.
Not ready to take the plunge just yet? They're also looking for volunteers!
January 8, 2018
Starting off the new year with a roundtable with Lana Burl and Derek Tingle about finding and working with a triathlon coach. We field some common questions such as:
- Do I need a coach; who benefits the most from coaching?
- What about training plans?
- What about self coaching or group training?
- Looking for a coach
- What do you need - Type of coach: tri, running, swimming
- What to look for in a coach? How to select a coach? Personality, style, logistics, price, expertise
- Certifications - what do they mean?
- Things to watch out for?
- What to expect? How to be a good coaches athlete?
- Breaking up. How to end the relationship?
December 16, 2017
Derek Tingle (Podium Sports Medicine Team) has run two marathons. One open and one at the end of Ironman Lake Placid in 2016. He's pretty convinced that marathons suck majorly and doing one at the end of an Ironman every year was not going to be his plan.
Returning to his mountain bike roots, Derek started picking up podiums in races around the Southeast, and found himself in the hunt for a trip to the XTERRA World Championships in Maui.
His 2017 season finished off getting pummeled by the surf, and riding and running up hills so steep that remaining upright was a challenge.
We talk about transitioning from one form of triathlon to another, the feel and culture of an XTERRA or other off-road race as opposed to road triathlons, and why you can't beat a good day racing in the woods.