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Feb 25, 2015
Thin or not thin – what is best for performance?
Hi Gale! I have a question and haven't been able to find a satisfactory answer. It seems there's a trend towards not being overly lean for long distance athletes. The latest article coming from Sutton. In it he says, "...too much weight loss will negatively affect performance on the swim and bike..." I get the swim but if this is the case for the bike why is there such a focus in the cycling community to be lean? There's a ton of articles like this one on TrainingPeaks about why it is important for cyclists to be thin. So...
Jan 09, 2015
Comparing Energy Bars and Foods
An Ironman® athlete I am currently coaching was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. The doctor he worked with to lose some weight (before coming to me) recommended one of the foods he considers for long distance training and racing is Uncrustables®. She liked this product because it is convenient, comes packaged like a bar and is easier to swallow than many traditional bars. She also mentioned they are a good balance of quick, intermediate and slow releasing calories. Learning about what foods work for my current Ironman® athlete sent me on a journey of charting various bars that I, and...
Oct 15, 2014
Is the Triathlon Base Period 3.75 to 8.25 Training Plan a Good Way to Get Back in Shape?
Good Afternoon Gale, I just purchased your plan called Triathlon: Base Period (Winter, Off-Season) 3.75 to 8.25 hrs/wk. I didn’t find information on the strength workouts or the file for the Heart rates, intervals, etc. Can you send me this information? I will be doing Ironman Mont Tremblant next August 2015 and want to use this as my base to get back into working out, because I haven’t done much in last year and a half. I did my first Ironman before that. Do you think this is a good way to start? Thanks for your...
Nov 26, 2013
Lots of Workouts to Help Keep Your Training Plan Fresh
I received great news that my trademark for the product concept of Workouts in a Binder® was renewed. You can find four different editions of this product on the website. The first product, Swim Workouts for Triathletes: Practical Workouts to Build Speed, Strength, and Endurance includes workouts for triathletes and swimmers alike. If you get bored doing the same sets over and over, check out this waterproof book (yes, take it to the pool deck!) to find 80 different workouts to help you go faster or farther. There are training plans included too. Also for swimmers is Workouts in a...
Nov 14, 2013
How many calories do I burn in a triathlon?
Q. Hi Gale. ~ I weigh 150 pounds and I'm trying to figure out how many calories I burn when I complete a triathlon. I'm using triathlon training to help me drop some weight and live a healthier lifestyle. In advance, thanks for your help (if you have that kind of info). F. B. A. Hey F.B. ~ I don't have a chart for your exact weight, but I do have charts for a 130-pound person and a 180-pound person. You can almost split the difference between the two charts to get pretty close. You can find the charts...
Oct 12, 2013
How many hours do I need to train for an Ironman triathlon?
My famous “13 Weeks to a 13-Hour Ironman” is easily one of my top triathlon training plans. An experienced triathlete with reasonable fitness can be ready for an Ironman in just 13 weeks, training no more than 13 hours per week – and – achieve a 13 hour race or better. Many, many athletes have sent me notes letting me know they have achieved race times well below 13 hours using this training plan. How fast you will go on race day depends on your athletic history and current fitness. You don’t have to give up your life and divorce...