• How training slower makes you faster
  • More carbs quicken recovery
  • A world champ’s tips for triathlon running
  • 6 proven drills for faster freestyle

NOTE: There will be no edition of TriathlonWire next week.  Our team will be in Kona for the IRONMAN World Championships.  We’ll see you again on October 18.


Scottish pro and newly-minted Olympic distance world champion Beth Potter shares her keys to successful triathlon running.

She reveals her weekly run volume (surprisingly low) and the distribution of her workout pace (mostly slow, some fast).

Potter also explains why she’s obsessed with biomechanics and the role strength training plays in maintaining her pristine form.  As others are breaking down late in a race, Beth’s strong posture and fluid gait allow her to sustain run speed with less effortUsually for the win.


Which swim drills should we choose and how do we weave them into our workouts?

Coach Olivier Poirier-Leroy cuts through the confusion with his 6 drills for faster freestyle.

These proven exercises break bad habits, make you more efficient in the water and improve your body position.

As a bonus Poirier-Leroy offers 4 tips for how to get the most from your freestyle drills.  Adopt these to supercharge your swimming.


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The subtle flavors are not too sweet.  Zero sugars and zero stimulants, UCAN provides sustained energy throughout the race with no stomach upset.

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If you’ve ever wondered how low-intensity training improves top-end performance, then coach Landry Bobo has your answer.

He succinctly explains how easier Zone 2 training promotes the creation of mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles within our cells.  More mitochondria mean better aerobic metabolism and higher FTP.

We know it feels good to go fast.  But, for continued improvement, aim for more Zone 2 training and limit high intensity efforts to just 5-15% of total training time.


It turns out that the right amount of carbs does more than just fuel your efforts.  Carbs are also critical for expediting recovery.

Studies with trained cyclists and ultrarunners indicate significantly improved next-day performance and reduced post-exercise muscle damage when high levels of carbohydrates were consumed during their activities.

Specifically, athletes who consumed 120 gm of carbohydrates per hour displayed lower metabolic stress and higher preservation of muscle function compared to athletes who ingested the commonly recommended 60 to 90 grams of carbs per hour.

Condition yourself to tolerate higher carb consumption to improve recovery and you’ll be able to increase the number of high quality training sessions per week.


  • Narrow Focus
    Here’s a tip by Brenton Ford to enhance the finish of your freestyle pull.  Master this refinement and you’ll be more streamlined, have better hip rotation and gain more distance per stroke.
  • Not Fast Enough
    Competitive runners are finding it increasingly difficult to gain entry into the Boston Marathon.  For the 2024 edition, athletes needed a qualifying time 5 min 29 sec faster than their BQ standard to secure the coveted bib.  That leaves 11,000 marathoners on the sidelines.
  • Chrissie’s Last Kona
    As we look ahead to next weekend’s IRONMAN World Championship, take a moment to relive what might be history’s most dramatic Kona comeback. In 2011 Chrissie Wellington, suffering from a crippling injury, overcame a 22-minute deficit in T2 to take the win.