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Is Economy the Most Important Variable for Triathlon Performance? | #6 ft. Aaron Geiser

Updated: Nov 19, 2023




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In this episode Coach Aaron Geiser and I talk about Aaron's training/taper update, the predictors of triathlon performance and how Aaron uses them in his coaching, and what the most important variable for triathlon performance is.


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OUTLINE:

0:00 – Introduction

1:12 – Aaron’s training/race update

3:12 – Why you feel like garbage during a taper

4:18 – Different athletes responses to taper

5:53 – How Aaron prescribes a taper

10:47 – Race week workouts

12:42 – Why getting in the pool keeps you sharp

13:35 – How each triathlon event effects the next

15:12 – Why pool fitness is important for triathlon performance

17:23 – Inefficiency with swimming

19:15 – The importance of economy for triathlon performance

19:52 – What are the predictors of triathlon performance?

21:04 – The importance of VO2max for triathlon

26:18 – How to train based on your expected time/distance

28:09 – Don’t forget to train your weaknesses

29:26 – Think of training as a sound equalizer

31:55 – Borrowing from Peter Attia

34:06 – What is first threshold?

37:55 – Stop being obsessed with power!

42:09 – Why we like watts

43:28 – The importance of using other variables (not just watts)

46:08 – Should you guide your workouts by effort?

49:50 – Paralysis by analysis

52:13 – Efficiency revisited/Gait analysis for running

55:39 – Why efficiency is important for triathlon

57:33 – How aerodynamics effects your biking

1:01:35 – Outro

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