Training Tips

10 02, 2014

What We Stand For

On Monday mornings, I routinely check Strava's Kain Performance Club Page so I can share last week's stack rankings on Facebook. This afternoon, I scrolled to the bottom and these words jumped out at me: Go hard, be safe, and have fun. This is what we stand for. Those words remind me of why I'm a part [...]

9 01, 2014

Pros and Cons of Treadmill Training, for Triathlon Training

I have been in the sport of triathlon for 30 years now! Thirty years... wow!  As you know, I love running trails and doing tempo runs out on the LG Creek trail! One of the things I never used to do was run on a treadmill. I don't really enjoy running indoors, but in my [...]

1 11, 2013

Base Building Myth: Long Slow Distance vs High Intensity Workouts

One of the more memorable presentations from a Coaches conference I attended in 2010 was on “Myths”. The myth that caught my attention was the idea that there was another way of building base on the bike other than “hours and hours of long, slow” bike rides (a.k.a. “LSD”). There is more evidence that the [...]

28 10, 2013

Ironman World Championship Reflections

My Motivation. This year, an old friend showed up unexpectedly in Kona this year 24 hours before race day and wanted to catch-up. I made the time, found my way down to Kona Brewing Co—no beer for me— and met Marty and his wife. Marty asked me the quintessential question you can ask any world-class [...]

19 09, 2013

Last Minute Words of Wisdom

The day many of you have been training all year for is almost here! You are ALL ready to go, both mentally and physically! You have put in lots of good, hard work to get ready and now you are going to lay it on the line! I just wanted to give you all some last minute [...]

11 09, 2013

Don’t Change a Winning Formula

Ironman Lake Tahoe. Keep it Simple. Don’t Change Your Winning Formula. A couple of years ago, a good mate of mine was training for the Ultraman in Hawaii. Ultraman is DOUBLE the Ironman distance. Only 12 people in the world register to do this event! One week before race day, he was on a treadmill [...]

29 08, 2013

Live for the Blue Mile

Get a wet towel, and slowly, bit by bit, turn by turn, wring every last drop of water out for hours and hours. Whatever your goals are for up-coming IM Tahoe, your energy expenditure will be similar to the aforementioned. I’m continually learning about myself as I compete and I want to share a few [...]

8 08, 2013

Ironman and the Inner Game of Tennis

As you approach your key races of the year, you are getting fitter and stronger with each key workout. All the accumulation of training is beginning to make a positive impact on your health….don’t forget to train the most import tool in the tool box… that bit between your ears. A good friend put me onto [...]

29 07, 2013

Donner Lake Triathlon: A Perfect Test for Things

Great job to all who raced Donner Lake Triathlon this past weekend! Here are some of Coach Leroy's observations and thoughts from the event that will help you prepare for IM Lake Tahoe and other races this season: 1. It was a perfect test for things. It’s a best practice to have a dress rehearsal [...]

22 07, 2013

Ironman Lake Tahoe Training Weekend Take-Aways

I was reflecting on the Lake Tahoe Training Camp experience and I came up with a few take-aways that might be of some use. No matter how you look at it, Ironman is hard. It’s a hard thing to get through. 1. Respect the elevation. Give yourself the time to adapt to the altitude. This [...]