The Best Triathlon Advice of 2018

The Best Triathlon Advice of 2018

We summarize the best articles, quotes, and advice related to triathlon and endurance sports culture from 2018.

As we close the books on 2018, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on the best advice and most popular pieces we highlighted in our weekly Tri Town Times newsletters. This article includes the information that our readers voted as the most helpful, in addition to the articles or links that were clicked the most during the 2018 season. Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts. And if you believe I missed something, please say so in the comments below. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy this year's worth of great training advice and endurance sports culture:



- Watch and Listen: Dr. Steven Seiler video on how the best endurance athletes actually train, and the followup podcast on how to conduct high intensity training.


- Read: Alan Couzens on stepping stones to balanced athlete development. 


- Read: Alan Couzens on volume vs intensity in training. 


- Read: How elite runners train


- Read: How to Make an Effective Pedal Stroke.


- Watch: "7 way hips" for a stable core.  


- Watch: Knee injury prevention exercise.


- Read: Swim stroke rate vs stroke length.


- Summary: Mental skills necessary for success.


- Summary: Tapering research summary. 


- Summary: Nutrition during exercise.


- Read: Stop Chasing Time Goals.



- The Computational Cyclist to determine power needed for bike speed in variable conditions. 


- Obsessed Triathlete to compare the relative difficulty of various Ironman races.


Stryd run power meter for better pacing and run training.


- The Ironman Tracker app for tracking friends and family at Ironman branded races. 


- What is faster? Road bike or triathlon bike for climbing.


- Those thorn resistant tires may be costing you 10+ min on your Ironman bike split. 


- How to do a professional torque inspection on your bike before race day.

- Peter Sagan's strength routine and the Grandma Challenge.
- It's impossible to watch this without your hands sweating.
- Therapeutic bike build videos like the Cervelo S5 and P5X
- Our St. George and CDA 70.3 photo albums.
- 25 pics from Kona.
- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit."-Aristotle
- “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” - Tim Ferris
- "The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." -Henry David Thoreau
- "A man's usefulness depends upon his living up to his ideals insofar as he can.
It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
All daring and courage, all iron endurance of misfortune make for a finer, nobler type of manhood.
Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life." -Theodore Roosevelt
- “Your potential, the absolute best you’re capable of—that’s the metric to measure yourself against. Winning is not enough. People can get lucky and win. People can be assholes and win. Anyone can win. But not everyone is the best possible version of themselves.” Ryan Holiday
- “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
- The 7min mark of this Lionel Sanders video and honestly anything from Lionel Sander's vlogs. His openness is refreshing and a rare look into the heart and soul of a world class athlete. 
- Tim Don's "Man with the Halo" documentary. 
- Any of the Super League Triathlon race videos. 


  1. shannon shannon

    I too have enjoyed reading your emails and this "Best of" was a great closer...
    I am an "aspiring to try Tri" person and your message keeps me close to the brink of diving in!
    thank you and happy new year!

  2. Russ Shaner Russ Shaner

    Fantastic Idea for the "Best of 2018"! Many thanks. Your Tri-Town Times is one of the few articles on TRI and Training I read each and every time it arrives! Being new to triathlons and biking, I have learned a lot. Many thanks and keep up the great work.
    Happy New Years.

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