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:
TRAINING THOUGHTS AND UPDATES-
- 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.
GEAR THAT CAUGHT OUR ATTENTION-
- 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.
POPULAR SOCIAL POST-
- It's impossible to watch this
without your hands sweating.
- Our St. George and CDA 70.3
QUOTE THAT STRUCK A CHORD-
- "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
IF YOU HAVE A FEW MOMENTS TO SPARE-
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.