In an effort to get through this brutal Ohio winter we’re having this year I recently broke down and purchased a Kickr bike trainer and joined the masses training in the Zwift training community. Anyone that knows me personally knows that I’ve pretty much trained “Amish” my entire triathlon career which spans more than 30 years. I’ve never kept a training log or written down my workouts. I don’t own a heart rate monitor and I don’t run with a watch. However, in my effort to keep going fast as father time continues to move on I’ve decided to adopt some modern training methods and technology. The Zwift training has been a welcome change to the boring trainer workouts I was accustomed to for the last 3 decades or so. Along with constant reminders of the watts you need to be pushing during the workout, you have the option to join a group or invite a Zwift buddy to do your workout with you. This additionally accountability provides an amazing level of intensity to your indoor trainer workout that I’ve never encountered while riding solo on my trainer. Though I’ve never kept a log, the simple and easy way Zwift saves and records your workouts upon completion offers an easy way to see your progress. There are lots of pre-programmed workouts or you can simply create your own favorite and customize the workout to your specific goals. You can even sign up for the many races going on each week too. There are also several FTP testing workouts that will give you a good idea of your starting point and this will help you plan a better workout schedule to increase your FTP as you push towards the season. The Zwift workouts are so enjoyable (in a hurt so good sort of way) I’ve already decided to keep a couple of these workouts in my regular weekly training even when the weather breaks and most folks will be outside.
Bringing it in Granville!
aka HFP Man
Are you going into the 2018 with high hopes and big PR goals? Hopefully you’re not planning on reaching your PR goals while training, eating, sleeping and living the same as you did in 2017 because that formula is just not going to work…you’re going to be very disappointed. The old Albert Einstein quote rings very true if this is your plan going into 2018. Now is a good time to evaluate your total approach to the 2018 season.
You’re training may be spot on and you may have a great coach but your diet sucks…or vice versa OR you’re got both those things down but you’re burning the candle at both ends and only getting 5 hours of sleep a night and wondering why you can’t recover from your key workouts. Every off season is great time to reflect on what went right and what went wrong with the previous season. Don’t be afraid to “really” look yourself in the mirror and ask the hard questions as it relates to your goals. Do you really want to see that six pack in mirror at any cost or would you rather skip the morning “insanity” workout and focus on getting 8 hours of sleep so you can crush your key afternoon workouts and actually recover from them? The latter may result in a softer mid-section but you’ll likely be going faster in the end. There our lots of decisions you have to make in your training and most of them require some sort of sacrifice (ie; less sleep, less beer, less cheese on that pizza, etc…). Just remember…most of us are not training for the Olympics or doing this for a living so don’t take the fun out of this awesome sport just to drop 5 seconds on your swim PR.
So, go ahead and sleep in tomorrow…tell your coach HFP Man said it was OK!
Shannon Kurek, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
aka HFP Man
Looking forward to seeing you at our FINISH line in 2018!
Shannon, Jennifer, Henry, Maddy and Ezra
Want to look super cool at your 2018 races? Then take a sneak peak of the 2018 Team HFP Racing kit design. The team store will be open from January 1-30. The store offers all your custom apparel needs from hats to full tri suits. We have all the gear you’ll need from spring-summer-fall training gear to the latest in triathlon racing speed suits. Visit http://www.hfpracing.com on January 1 to get yourself a sweet HFP kit.
Calling all College age young ladies that are active triathletes! In January 2014, the NCAA overwhelmingly approved triathlon as the next Emerging Sport for Women for NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III member institutions. As an Emerging Sport for Women, triathlon embarks on the journey to become a full-fledged NCAA Championship Sport, allowing female triathletes the opportunity to be official NCAA student-athletes and participate in competitive draft-legal racing.
Transylvania University in Lexington, KY is actively recruiting for their fall 2018 program.
Read more about this exciting opportunity here:
TRANSY TRIATHLON RECRUITING BOOKLET.
Congratulations to all the 2017 FIT Family Series Champions. All “Champions” of the FIT Family Series will be awarded a “Series Champion” Tri Top. Orders have been placed this week and if all goes well will be in the hands of the Champions before Christmas.
About the FIT Family Series:
Welcome to one of America’s longest running multisport series — the 27th Annual FIT Family Series. Throughout the summer, the FIT Family Series visits seven beautiful venues. Each venue features a Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon on Saturday followed by a mini, sprint & Olympic distance triathlon and duathlon on Sunday. So whether you’re racing for an overall title or giving multisport racing a try for the first time, the FIT Family Series is for YOU! It’s ALL ABOUT FUN!
Deer Creek State Park
Mt. Sterling, Ohio
June 9–10, 2018
Maumee Bay State Park
June 16–17, 2018
Caesar Creek State Park
July 7–8, 2018
Buck Creek State Park
July 21–22, 2018
Alum Creek State Park
August 4–5, 2018
August 18–19, 2018
- Portage Lakes State Park
September 8-9, 2018