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Coaches on Couches Ep. 27 – Coach Chris Winter


Today on the couch we’re talking to our very own Coach Chris Winter about everything from his coaching, training, and racing background, to his transition from collegiate runner to coach and amateur competitor in multiple sports.

Don’t miss this week’s shoutouts!

-Liz Hall

-Sally Landham

-Mary Haizlip

-Phillip Young

-Doug Earthman

-Jeff Fejfar

We cover how time isn’t always important in a race. It’s all about the tactics and strategy!

-Knowing the course

-Knowing the weather

-Knowing who you’re competing against

-Knowing who you’re running with

Give the episode a watch or a listen and tell us what you think in the comments!

Coaches on Couches Ep. 26 – Heather Nichols and Her Many Hats

We chat with our good friend, athlete, and coach, Heather Nichols.

Like many of you out there, Heather wears a lot of hats. Literally, we think she has more hats than Coach D. But figuratively, here are just a few:

  • Mom
  • Triathlete
  • Bike Racer
  • Full-Time Fitness Professional
  • Amateur Tattoo Artist (we made that up)

We talk to Heather about how the heck she fits it all in, as well as some of the inner workings of how she trains for triathlons while having a job that piles more training stress on her body. You think you do a lot of training sessions? Wait till you hear this!

This week’s shoutouts!

  • Outdoors Inc.
  • Mathieu van der Poel
  • Tour Flanders
  • Sanne Cant
  • Arkansas
  • Heather’s Daughter Stella

Coaches on Couches Ep. 25 – What We Wish We Knew From The Beginning

This week Coach D and Coach B-Fun will run down their TOP 5-ish things that they wish they knew when they first got into cycling and triathlon.

This can also be read ….Coach D and Coach B-Fun will be revealing the Top 5 dumbest things they did when they first got into cycling and triathlon.

The hope is that by professing our blunders we can prevent you from doing the same. Learn from our mistakes, apply it to your own training, and make those gainz faster.

If you have any things that YOU wish you knew in the beginning, shoot us a comment, message, or email. We’d love to hear them!

Don’t miss this week’s shoutouts!

– John Zinn
– Brian Eason
– Hart Robinson and David Collins
– SwimRun TN
– Memphis in May Triathlon
– Rebekah Winter
– Leigh Ruston
– Lift Heavy Run Long Podcast
– And more!

Coaches on Couches Ep. 24 – Short Course is Not a Crime

In this episode Coach D and Coach B-Fun talk about the benefits of short course racing in relation to overall speed skills development, long course speed, cost savings, and the growth of the sport of triathlon.

For those that don’t know, short course is basically sprint or olympic distance in the sport of triathlon. At times it seems to be a dying discipline with all the major focus going to half and full distance events. But there are a ton of direct and indirect benefits to entering and competing in local or region short course events.

We also plead our case to those that only focus on long course by laying our some of the benefits that can help those athletes go faster over longer distances, including the best season layout for smashing a long course event. We can’t grow the sport without you guys and gals!

See you at the races.

This week’s shout outs:

– Greg Rhode
– Allie Timms
– William Hennessey
– Doug Earthman

Coaches on Couches Ep. 23 – How Repetitive Should My Training Be?

Today on the couch Coach D and Coach B-Fun answer a question we get a lot from athletes who simply put, want to make the most out of their training.

How repetitive should my training be?

It’s a simple answer that you may or may not like. It’s also a part of coaching that is tough to balance when you are trying to keep people from abandoning ship on their training.

Here are some of the key points:

1. You need to choose the focus of a quality workout. Then repeat that 1-3x per week depending on if you are a single sport athlete or multisport. Most people can handle about 2 quality sessions (hard focus/structure) per week. Multisport athletes can handle 1-2 in each sport, but not 2 in each sport every week.

2. Repeat those sessions, with proper recovery, until you no longer see improvement.

3. To make it more interesting, simply keep the focus and change the loading method (12×400 repeats vs 6×800). As long as the focus stays similar, you’ll be on track to improve.

4. The fewer quality sessions you do, the more repetitive they need to be.

Don’t miss this week’s shout outs:

– Mathew Roberts (Our Digital Content Intern)
– Max Paquette
– Hart Robinson
– David Collins
– Mississippi Gravel Cup
– Slowtwitch