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The ITU Age Group World Championship race in 2017 took place in Rotterdam: a scenic venue, but not one without its logistical challenges. X3 triathlete Lisa Drake talks about the joys of planning and executing her pre-race setup. https://youtu.be/OZPfFg4eVIw...

A couple of weeks ago I received a note from an X3 athlete asking me to recommend a gel. My flippant answer was that I could not. My less-flippant answer by way of a set of six criteria is below. Palatability. This is far and...

Il meglio è nemico del bene Italians are smart. The better (or the perfect) truly is the the enemy of the good. I like this aphorism. It is infinitely applicable to age grouper endurance training. We work, we have families, pets who have 'accidents' on rugs,...

The original version of this article was first published in February 2017 by Triathlon Magazine Canada. I actually enjoy SOME runs in the snow. They’re fun, challenging, and the scenery is hard to beat. So while I look forward to next Sunday's long effort with X3...

Endurance coaching can be an awesome gig. Whenever I feel blue, I just remind myself that people pay me to ride my bike (alongside them). How many professionals can claim that?! Many coaches in our sport came up through the pro athlete pipeline. They have a...

by Nicole Mickelow My (love-hate) relationship with running started quite young, when I realized in elementary school that I could sprint faster than a bunch of the boys. Back then I thought I would be a track star…crushing 100, 200 and 400m races/relays and racking up...

Kids are a lot of work. They’re demanding, selfish, and entirely insensitive to your training objectives, PR goals, or Strava ranking. Little kids especially! Sticking to a rigid training plan as a new mom or dad is just about impossible – even for a dad...

Coach – ‘Let’s do an FTP test soon.’ Athlete – ‘I don’t think I’m ready.’ Coach – ‘Ready?’ Athlete – ‘Yeah. I don’t think I’d post a good result’ Coach – ‘What exactly is a good result?’ Let’s rewind and define some terms. I promise to keep this brief. Functional Threshold...

Spend time with triathletes for long enough, and you’ll no doubt be involved in a conversation that goes something like this (or exactly like this, since this is an actual post on the X3 Team Forum – redacted for sake of privacy): 17 reasons why we...