Monday, December 20, 2010

A Case for Draft Legal AG racing

I first thought about draft legal racing for age group triathetes,a few years ago. Most thought I was crazy. Thye more I thought about it, the more it began to make sense. Here are some things to consider before you make up your own mind.

Now with the 1st draft legal race for age groupers to be held in Clermont on March 5th, i'd liike to present some thoughts on the topic.

1. Safety- this is the first thing out of everyones mouth when they here the concept. Whats more dangerous, a pack of roders on road bikes, or triathletes riding in a pack on aerobars, some who are intentionally drafting, while others do not know there is drafting, and all are no where near their breaks.

2. Drafting is alive and well- just look at any large sprint, olympic disatnce, 70.3 race, worlds qualifier, national championships etc. , and you will find rampant drafting. Problem is those who abide by the rules get screwed and the rest figure their chances of being caught are minimal since ther are only so many draft marshals on course. Unfortunately, the bigger and more important the race, the larger the % of drafting.

3. Its about riding smart- not just about putting your head down. Plus the swim and the run now become more important. Tactics and skill now rides along side a big motor. Plus all the expensive go fast gagets are not needed, just a road bike and regular helmet.

4. Apprectiation of ITU racing- Those who think a draft legal race is just sitting in and spinning will be surprised at the constant maximal efforts required, along with better handling skills. This will lead to a better understanding and appreciation of what ITU races experience.

I truly believe draft legal racing can cooexist with non drafting triathlon. Now with everyine knowing and abiding by the rules we will oince again have a level playing field. I will see yoou in Clermont in March.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday Minute: Dead Lift

Monday Minute: Dead Lift

Check out this weeks Moinday Minute. Learn why the deadlift can be a great exercise for all endurance athletes.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday Minute

This is installment 1 of the Monday Minute. The assisted Pull up is a great Basic exercise the use of Large band loops alows virtually anyone to do this exercise. This is a far superior exercise to the old favorite lat pull down with is often done incorrectly.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

That's Why They Play the Game!

Sports are sometimes better than the movies. Many times, just like life things are not always fair. You prepare and train properly, but that does not guarantee success. The best team or best athlete doesn't always win.

But sometimes you get a result that you could not write a script for. And if you did, nobody would believe it.

So yesterday, 2 months after suffering a severe concussion from a cheap shot, Mark Savard was back on the ice. And not only contributed, but scored the winning goal in overtime.

During the post game interview, he talked about how he had been training very hard for the possible opportunity to get back on the ice with his teammates. He never lost confidence in him self, the medical team or the Bruins. The facet that he was back on the ice makes for a good story. The goal in overtime makes it a great story. To see his reaction after the turn around slap shot, tells you all you need to know about the road back.

Sometimes the good guys win.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Initial Blog Post

Welcome to my TC2 Blog. I have debated for quite some time as to whether I should have a blog or not. If you are hoping to see or read about details training data of my elite athletes, you may be disappointed.

We have a no data rule. Although I will discuss training concepts, I will not be showing workout files or specific wattage's or paces by athletes. I love it when others do it, as it allows us to know exactly what other athletes are capable of. This information can be used in race tactics and strategies.

I will not be using this space to tell you about my workouts, or what i ate today. I'm often amazed that age group athletes think others actually care what they did today.

My goal of this blog is to share concepts and ideas about training, racing and coaching. I am not trying to sell anything here, or do not have the secret (fill in the blank) [method, protocol, formula, etc].

Check back weekly, as i will be posting up new information weekly.
Have a great week!