Why the Name “Iconoclasses”

The Origin of the Business Name “Iconoclasses”, has been asked on numerous occasions. We needed a name!  So it is here I arrived – for no better reason!   “Iconoclasses” synonymous, with Iconoclasm (People who engage in or support iconoclasm are called iconoclasts) a term that has come to be applied figuratively to any individual who challenges…

Bike set up power, aerobic, comfort

Increasing speed on the bike is a lot harder than it seems. To go one km per hour quicker in a 40km TT we need to find an extra 20 watts. To ride 1km/hour faster in an IM where we only ride at around 70% of our threshold power this means we need to improve…

Calculate Threshold Power

How To Calculate Threshold Power, Heart Rate, Or Pace Cycling Functional Threshold Power (FTP): Your Functional Threshold Power is by definition the Normalized Power for an all out effort of 60 minutes. However, you can get a fairly accurate estimate of your FTP by doing an all out effort of 20 minutes, then subtracting 5%…

Competing or Completing

If You Race Slow, Who Cares If you think you are a slow, push that thought out of your mind. It’s detrimental to your progress. Being a “slow” runner is merely a state of mind. Don’t let that affect your running. When I first started working with age group and recreational runners in 2009, one…

Trial of Miles, Miles of Trials

John L. Parker’s Once a Runner follows a fictional elite collegerunner, Quenton Cassidy. Cassidy is a sub-4 minute miler, and Olympic Gold Medal contender who professes a “secret.” The secret is that there is no secret. There is simply a trial of miles and miles of trials. Every day we make choices and one of the…

Benefits of Being Sick

No one likes to get that annual nasty flu or cold that lasts a week or more and comes roaring back just as you think you are getting better. Not a single person I coach or train with likes to miss training, not even a single day. But the reality is, sometimes you get that…

Breathing – Exhalation Technique

you know your problem? you keep it all in! important? Very few novice swimmers exhale properly into the water. Nearly all intermediate swimmers think they are exhaling correctly – at least, that’s what they say when we ask them. Do they? Very few do. Even amongst advanced swimmers, quite a few like to hold onto…

101-Bike

Coaching 101, Last week, we presented  thoughts on the progressions we need to consider to improve our triathlon swimming. This week we explore the bike. Number one on the list for cycling is bike handling skills, bike set up, cycling posture and confidence.  I helping a beginner cyclist take them out for some one on one…

101-Swim

So we have spent a bit of time thinking about what is required to put together a training program. Now we can dig a little deeper into the specific swim, bike and run elements to see where you should be investing your time. When it comes to swimming the one comment I continually hear is that…

Individuality

One of the biggest challenges a triathlete faces is wading through the plethora of information available to them. Magazines, the internet, athletes, coaches, pro athlete websites and blogs, all shout out the so called secrets to being a super star. The reality is everyone. In fact anyone spruiking it has to be dealt with a…

The Stroke Rate Ramp Test: Find Your Efficiency Sweet Spot(s)

Here’s a neat way to use your Tempo Trainer Pro to learn more about your individual stroke efficiency and find the right stroke rate for you. We call it ‘The Stroke Rate Ramp Test’ or just ‘Ramp Test’ for short. The Ramp Test gives you a full profile of your freestyle stroke and helps you…