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16 12, 2014

Tips for Six Months Out From Ironman

Now you've done it, you signed up (or you're thinking of signing up) for an Ironman or a 70.3 race. Saw this article today on Ironman site - it touches on generally what you should be doing six months out from an Ironman that you have scheduled next year, then five months out, three, and so on. [...]

20 03, 2014

Santa Barbara Training Weekend Recap

The encyclopedia defines the word Barbarian as a “noble savage, often represented as lone warriors”. Several characteristics are commonly shared by Barbarians: Extreme physical prowess Unmatched fighting skill An appetite for, and the ability to attract a mate A thirst for large amounts of alcohol A blending of many different cultures A strong sorcery element [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

27 02, 2013

Cycling Safety in a Group Ride (Shari Kain)

Kain Performance strives for SAFETY FIRST. Group rides are a great way to increase your bike fitness because of the accountability & intensity, however you have to be alert and aware. There are several variables in a group ride which make it either SAFE or completely DANGEROUS for everyone -- and while these things are generally obvious to [...]

8 02, 2013

Goal Setting

By Coach Pete Kain How do you stay motivated? That is a question I get asked a lot. I have been training and racing in multi-sport events since 1984! That's close to 30 years of hitting the ground running and cycling and swimming! Yes, I do occasionally get tired and even a little burned out. [...]

1 02, 2013

Cycling and The Quiet Upper Body

While riding all those base miles, what you should be thinking about is "QUIET UPPER BODY". What that means is, assessing your body position, all while your just clicking off the miles at an easy pace. You may not think a lot is going on while your heart rate is low, but what's happening on [...]