• Training Ideas, Tips as We Shift Priorities and Event Dates Change

    Submitted by Bill Plock on March 18th, 2020

    I get it. I get the uncertainty and the frustration and the confusion of the whole darn mess. Plus Well, these are some interesting times! And things seem to be changing on a near-daily basis. With limited or no access to training facilities, races getting canceled or postponed, and no way to know when the madness will end, it’s getting harder and harder to stay focused. Below are some thoughts on how to maintain some mental stability and keep moving forward over the next several weeks (or months?): Read more

    • PTO and IRONMAN Talks Heating Up, Maybe Not in a Friendly Way?

      Submitted by Bill Plock on March 4th, 2020

      From afar, does this in some ways parallel what is happening in the National Football League, but on a much, much smaller scale? The NFL is trying to get the players union to accept a new collective bargaining agreement that is actually valid until 2021. But from all accounts, NFL owners want to leverage a long term players agreement as they approach upcoming, multi-billion dollar television contracts due for negotiation this year. If there is a “shaky”, one year agreement players contract still in place, it is thought the NFL will not be able to maximize television contracts due to a possible strike and loss of games to be televised. Makes sense. Read more

      • BASE Camp, The Inside Scoop, Be There Next Year!

        Submitted by Bill Plock on March 2nd, 2020

        Matt Miller is a disrupter. He has built BASE Performance into a triathlon juggernaught and now I have seen and felt how and why.  If you think BASE is about nutrition products, salt, and a growing line of custom cycling and triathlon clothing, you are right, but you are crazy wrong as well. 

        BASE is about people. People who try hard, have fun and care about each other. BASE is a growing triathlon family of over a thousand people from around the world officially on their team Read more

        • Time Trial for Triathletes Starting March 18th, Check it Out, Great Deal for USAT Members

          Submitted by Bill Plock on March 1st, 2020

          How well do you know how hard to push yourself on your bike? Or your run and swim for that matter? It’s much easier to find a track or a pool with uninterrupted ability to push hard and get consistent feedback on your effort. But biking takes a little more planning, especially as a triathlete wanting to break out your time trial bike. Yes, if you have an indoor trainer, utilizing heart rate and power metrics, it’s easy to simulate an effort and get rewarded with a jersey from Zwift. But there is nothing like being outside, racing others to really find out what you can do. Try a time trial series to get the season started.  Read more