UESCA blog

Coaching is Exhausting!

As both a personal trainer and endurance sports coach, the absolute hours that I work in this capacity typically pale in comparison to that of my friends and former colleagues that work 8+ hours per …

Swimming: To Glide or Not To Glide?

Like most areas of endurance sports, swimming is not immune from multiple theories regarding proper form and technique. One area in particular is that of gliding. During the glide phase, there is no forward propulsion …

5 Reasons Endurance Athletes Should Strength Train During Their Peak Season

Should I strength train during my season? The short answer is, Yes! The long(er) answer is below. USE IT OR LOSE IT! I always find it a bit amusing to see pictures of pre-season professional …

Don’t do this cycling drill!

There is no doubt in my mind that if you’ve been around cycling for any length of time, you’ve certainly heard of the terms “pedaling circles” or “fluidity”, as it relates to pedaling mechanics and …

Deciphering Research-Based Training Articles

After 6 years of pouring over evidence-based research articles during the development of our triathlon coach certification, I learned three primary things: Many areas of endurance sports training are inconclusive and require more research Most …

How Triathletes Should Measure Intensity For the Best Performances

ASSESSING PACE AND INTENSITY There are A TON of metrics used to assess intensity and pace in endurance sports – heart rate (HR), rate of perceived exertion (RPE), lactate threshold (LT), revolutions per minute (RPM), …

Calf Flexibility Influences Power Output During Cycling

Flexibility in the endurance sports world is typically viewed as a way to prevent injury and correct biomechanics inefficiencies. In cycling, flexibility of the calf and more specifically the soleus muscle, has a large impact …