Training Tips for an Ironman Triathlon

Anyone who has completed an Ironman will tell you: the training is as much a part of the journey as the race. Improve your workouts, nutrition, fitness and life outside triathlon with these tips.

6 Reasons Sprint Triathlons Are Good Prep for a Long-Distance Race

6 Reasons Sprint Triathlons Are Good Prep for a Long-Distance Race

Triathletes training for a 70.3 or 140.6-mile race often avoid short races. Here's why adding a sprint tri to your calendar can help you go long.

5 Keys to Long-Course Triathlon Training: Part I

5 Keys to Long-Course Triathlon Training: Part I

You've decided to make the leap from Olympic-distance to long-course triathlon racing. Now how do you fit the training into your busy schedule?

Fitting In (and Benefiting From) a Second Long Ride

Fitting In (and Benefiting From) a Second Long Ride

Training for an Ironman is time consuming, especially with work, family and friends. But fitting in an extra bike session is possible with a little schedule adjustment.

5 Keys of Long-Course Triathlon Training--Part II: Lactate Threshold Training

5 Keys of Long-Course Triathlon Training--Part II: Lactate Threshold Training

Stop trying to predict race performance based on training volume. Speed in your workouts equals speed in your racing. Here's why.

5 Keys of Long-Course Triathlon Training--Part III: TeamEN vs. Traditional Training

5 Keys of Long-Course Triathlon Training--Part III: TeamEN vs. Traditional Training

Overwhelmed by the training volume for a long-course race? Take a step back and examine why traditional training methods need not ruin your life outside triathlon.

A Typical Ironman Training Week

A Typical Ironman Training Week

It can be enlightening to read how a real athlete trains. The following is by Justin Daerr, an age-group triathlete. In the 2004 Hawaii Ironman he was the first American amateur in only his third Ironman-distance race.

Go Old School: Return to Run-dominant Bricks

Go Old School: Return to Run-dominant Bricks

Brick workouts tend to be bike heavy. When training for long-distance triathlons, however, this doesn't address specific race-day demands. It's time to reconsider the run-dominant brick.

Run Workouts for Triathletes: Breaking Down Long Runs

Run Workouts for Triathletes: Breaking Down Long Runs

Have your long runs lost their purpose? Whatever your race distance, these workouts will build endurance while keeping you focused on your goals.

Set a Training Benchmark with a Swim Time Trial

Set a Training Benchmark with a Swim Time Trial

Gauge how well you're improving with a benchmark time trial. Test your Olympic- to long-distance tri swimming ability with this workout.

How Much Fuel Do You Need During Long Rides?

How Much Fuel Do You Need During Long Rides?

The bike leg is the best time to load up on calories. Build the right cycling nutrition plan with these helpful tips.

How to Tell When You're Over-Reaching or Over-Training

How to Tell When You're Over-Reaching or Over-Training

Triathletes are particularly vulnerable to physical overload. Ironman legend Dave Scott explains why too much training can work against you.

Prevent Fatigue by Training Your Respiratory Muscles

Prevent Fatigue by Training Your Respiratory Muscles

If your legs aren't getting enough oxygen, no amount of training can prevent fatigue. Take a look at the reasons behind respiratory-muscle training.

The Myth of Long Slow Distance (LSD)

The Myth of Long Slow Distance (LSD)

Years ago we were taught that running slow would make us faster and I didn't believe it. What I've learned over the years is that long, slow, distance workouts (LSD), or "running slow", is relative to each person.

Incorporate Strength Training Into Your Regimen

Incorporate Strength Training Into Your Regimen

Research proves it in the laboratory, and Ironman champions prove it in the proverbial pudding: Strength training is truly and rightfully triathlon's fourth event.

Train for an Ironman Mentality

Train for an Ironman Mentality

Training and nutrition? Check. Now don't derail your goal of completing an Ironman with negative thoughts. Use these three simple mental-training tips to keep your edge.
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