Tag Archives: XTerraRVA

Repurposed running shoes: how to make your own “rock plate”

I published this article in 2015, but this is a good time to revisit it. A good trail running shoe needs two essential characteristics: stability and traction. Obviously there are other features that you may throw out there like cushioning, durable and/or water proof exterior, and protection. However, what I typically find...
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XTerra Training: Where to start?

A prior version of this article, was published in October 2015. I’ve updated the article to reflect my current views on training. While the article is geared for XTerra, the concepts apply to any endurance sport. I like titles that have more than one meaning. As the title of this...
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XTerra Series VII: Run fast off the bike

Triathlon is unique in that you not only complete three distinctly different activities, but also that, with the exception of the swim, your performance can be significantly altered by the prior activity. This means that simply being good in any of the three sports is by no means a guarantee that...
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XTerra Series VI: Want a faster MTB time? Get on the road!

Winter is now in full-swing, and already hammered many of us out there. However, despite the bad weather, you should already be making progress toward your major training objectives, with an eye on achieving a couple process goals – an actionable goal you actually have to complete to achieve your major goal. With the...
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XTerra Series V: Swim training sanity

In part IV of my XTerra series I discussed ways to decipher why your swim might be sub-par. In this follow-up article, I discuss how to simplify your swim training, as well as race strategies for overcoming a poor swim. Stop the swim insanity Here it is, my honest opinion: swim...
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XTerra Series IV: Solving your swim problems

Here are #swimtips for improving your #XTerratriathlon results. It has often been said that the triathlon is never won in the swim, but can surely be lost before you exit the water. It can also be argued that for off-road triathlon, dominated by technical single-track trails, the swim is far...
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