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3 Day Triathlon Swim Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | April 14-16 |
black TRI day registration price – $550 | Max occupancy: 30 Athletes

Spots are flying out the door. We are already 1/3 full. With just 2 days left of discounted pricing left, be sure to act quickly and secure your spot at this exclusive camp.

Use the coupon code “blacktriday” during registration. The coupon is valid through 11/30.

Designed for ALL PACES and experience levels, this weekend will pinpoint your areas of improvement, introduce skills and drills to “fix” your stroke, and then put those skills to practice in the pool and in the open water.

Black tri day Pricing:

  • $550 (regular price $600)

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg

Camp Dates:

  • April 14-16, 2023

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | April 14-16|
blacktriday registration price – $550 | Max occupancy: 30 Athletes

Triathlon racing is back! Kick off your season with us at the Startline Coaching Swim Camp in St. Petersburg Florida!      

Start your season with a plan for your swimming.  Every athlete will receive individual stroke and training guidance, and coaches will lead season planning sessions to set you up for racing success. 

Use the coupon code “blacktriday” during registration. The coupon is valid through 11/30. Act fast to secure your spot.

Event Details:

  • Expert coaching
  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Sunshine & all outdoor 50 meter and/or 25 meter pool sessions
  • Technique and training-focused sessions
  • Video stroke analysis
  • Classroom sessions focusing on correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Low athlete:coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • A chance to focus and learn with athletes and friends of every level

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg

Camp Dates:

  • April 14-16, 2023

Blacktriday Pricing:

  • $550 (regular price $600)

Note: The safety of all athletes, coaches, and staff is of paramount concern as we collectively face the health and safety risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Startline Coaching programs follow USA Swimming best practices, USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines and Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors and the directives issued by federal, state and local authorities. All athletes, coaches, & staff engaged in Startline Coaching programs are expected to follow the USA Triathlon Return to Racing recommendations for Athletes as well as Startline Coaching Return to Training Safety Code of Conduct.

Note: As of Oct 1, 2021, and without exception, all participants in Startline Coaching programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at any and all in-person Startline Coaching training or clinic sessions.

Covid-19 safety protocols:

Arrival, departure, & class room & on deck protocols

  • Swimmers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in. Vaccination is mandatory to attend
  • Swimmers must be COVID-19 symptom free to attend
  • Swimmers are asked not to share food/drink
  • Masks are not required

2 weeks left before the off season run & bike programs start.

Coached, weekly group training sessions (in Prospect Park for runners and on Zwift for cyclists) build camaraderie, accountability, and learning.

All programs offer structured workouts via Training Peaks, along with regular testing to set benchmarks for each athlete’s zones and efforts.

Races are included for goal-setting and testing our mettle. 

Run:

  • 10 Week – 10k / 10 M PR – $265
  • 24 Week – Spring Marathon Prep – $620
  • Starts Nov 9

Bike:

  • 10 Week – FTP Builder – $345
  • 20 Week – Extended cycling program for distance events – $640
  • Starts Nov 8

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to set a foundation for next years racing!

It’s marathon season in NY. In three weeks, marathoners across the world will toe the line in Staten Island to race the NYC marathon. Inspired to try a marathon yourself by watching others prepare? Spring marathons are a great option but the challenge is often training into the colder months when the park becomes more lonely. Seeking a group to keep you motivated as the weather gets cold?

Startline Coaching offers a group training program for beginning & intermediate marathoners. Group training kickoff is Nov 9, 2022. The race target is the popular NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon on April 23, 2023. Athletes can choose any alternative race that is within a few weeks of this target date.

  • 24 Week Program – $620

Join us…

In the Northeast, bringing athletes inside to work together as a group in Zwift and simultaneously on Zoom has been a game changer.

Athletes get so much more out of every workout because they can interact, ride as a group, and execute a workout that is specific to them – all while being coached and able to raise questions as they occur.

Unlike group rides where strong riders tend to pull away from weaker riders, Zwift meetups with group together mode hold the entire group together even if the group possesses vastly different abilities. Each person works at their level of capability without fear of being dropped. Athletes in a virtual group can even be executing different workouts. All impossible in the outdoors!

Startline Coaching offers fall & winter cycling programs over Zwift. Be professionally coached this winter and come out next year ready to ride.

  • 10 Week program – $345
  • 20 Week program – $640

The shortening days and dropping temperatures of fall and winter (did we mention rain and snow?) can make working out on our own a challenge. More importantly, we often do not know how to structure our off-season for the best results – what to do, for how long, in what order, and when. But the off-season offers an opportunity that comes but once-a-year to hone skills, increase strength and stamina, and set a strong foundation for the spring and summer. 

Startline Coaching is once again offering two popular 10-week off-season run and bike programs, with the option to extend beyond 10-weeks. 

Both programs offer structured workouts via Training Peaks, along with regular testing to set benchmarks for each athlete’s zones and efforts. Coached, weekly group training sessions (in Prospect Park for runners and on Zwift for cyclists) build camaraderie, accountability, and learning. Winter and/or spring races are included for goal-setting and testing our mettle. 

All levels are welcome: the beginner who’s gotten a taste of racing and wants to improve, the experienced athlete who wants to get back in shape after time away, the competitive age-grouper who wants to set their sights on new goals and challenges – and everyone in between. Each athlete is equally valued by the group. We cheer one another on, offer support when the going gets tough and the spirit lags, and celebrate successes and breakthroughs. 

Join us!

I love swim camp. Every year, 20 swimmers and triathletes join Startline Coaching for a 3-day swim camp in beautiful St. Petersburg. Year over year, this “all levels” program improves performance across a broad spectrum of athletes, ages, and skill levels. It’s exciting to have athletes return each year and welcome newcomers.

An immersive experience like swim camp has benefits that cannot be gained in solo, weekly training. It’s a rare opportunity to disconnect and focus on one thing – swimming! Athletes learn about, practice, review video, and incorporate fundamental principles into their open water swim stroke and learn a few Jedi master tricks along the way. Athletes are guided by professional coaches who offer targeted feedback and direction, and are inspired by the energy of the group. For many triathletes, this kind of swim experience simply is not available in their hometowns.

The March 2022 camp was no exception – fins, snorkels, drills, swim sets, a great outdoor pool, and great company. Many thanks to the great crew of triathletes and swimmers who made it such a blast. Coach Earl Walton and I watched with big grins as each swimmer developed a better swim stroke, moved more fluidly in the water, and gained open water confidence. As always it was huge fun and hugely rewarding.

Intrigued? Got a little FOMO? Join us for the upcoming camp from May 13-15, 2022!

Visualize your swim leg. How will it feel?

Too often, the swim portion of a triathlon is viewed as a survival leg. Athletes use brute strength, endurance, and grit to get through it. But if you want faster bike and run legs, then learn to swim without draining your energy and building excess fatigue.

Triathlon swimming is all about:

  • Efficient technique
  • Open water savvy & confidence
  • Pacing control

Our swim camps will get you out of the water ready to race vs. ready to recover:

  • Receive direct instruction from expert triathlon swim coaches
  • See your self and others on video with coach feedback
  • Understand what it is about your freestyle stroke that is holding you back
  • Learn effective drills for you that will help you correct your flaws
  • Develop open water skills & confidence
  • Understand pacing for your workouts

Camp #1 – March 25-27

  • 3 spots left
  • Price: $625 until Feb 28
  • Registration closes March 19

Camp #2 – May 13-15

  • Only 10 spots left
  • Price: $600 initial registration price extended through Feb 28

Join us & transform your swim.

I’m very excited to be attending USA Triathlon’s virtual Endurance Exchange conference this March 3-5! Endurance Exchange is the nation’s largest endurance sports conference, providing learning, networking and growth opportunities for coaches, race directors, officials, athletes and more.

I’ll be leading a guided morning ride during the conference that is not just a workout but a demonstration of how Zwift & Zoom can be used as a powerful training tool to engage athletes. Join me.

Can’t join live? All sessions will be recorded and available to view on-demand. Learn more and sign up now at EnduranceExchange.com. Hope to see you then! #EnduranceExchange #Zwift #Zoom #startlinecoaching #multisport #usatriathlon

Coach Peter

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | $600 price increases midnight 1/31 | Max occupancy: 30 Athletes

We’d love to see you and want to be sure you don’t miss out on registering before the price increases tonight.

Sunshine.  World class pool facility on the water.  Amazing coaching.

All this & more awaits you at the Startline Coaching Swim Camp in St. Petersburg Florida.  The perfect kick off to your summer and your season and the best way to take your swimming to the next level. 

Join us in St. Petersburg Florida March 25-27th!

Head coaches: Earl Walton & Peter Helling

8 weeks until Swim Camp in Florida! Grab a space before the prices increases on 1/31 at midnight.

Sunshine.  World class pool facility on the water.  Amazing coaching.

All this & more awaits you at the Startline Coaching Swim Camp in St. Petersburg Florida.  The perfect kick off to your summer and your season and the best way to take your swimming to the next level. 

Join us in St. Petersburg Florida March 25-27th!

Register now for winter group training. Multiple options to choose from:

  • Prepare for early season (June/July) triathlons
  • Prepare for a half marathon
  • Build power on the bike

Join Startline Coaching to build a strong endurance foundation that will carry you into your early season races and beyond. A structured and time efficient training plan, fellow athletes to work out with, and direct instruction from a professional coach are game changers for athletes of all levels. Come out of the winter ready to reach your goals.

Act now!

Triathlon Training:

Group workouts kick-off this Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 8:00 am in Prospect Park

Half Marathon Training:

Group runs kick-off this Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 8:00 am in Prospect Park.

Bike Training:

The first group Zwift bike workout is this coming Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 6:30 am.

Coach Peter

Spring and summer 2022 races are open for registration. The off season is behind us and it is time to get ready to race!  Join Startline Coaching to build a strong endurance foundation to carry you into your early season races and beyond. A structured and time efficient training plan, fellow athletes to work out with, and direct instruction from a professional coach are game changers for athletes of all levels.

Join us! Register today

Spring Triathlon programs – Peak for Spring/Summer races!

  • 22 Wk Triathlon Training program – 1/22/22 – 6/26/22
  • 26 Wk Extended Triathlon Training program – 1/22/22 – 7/24/22

Running programs – Peak for the Brooklyn Half!

  • 13 Wk Half Marathon preparation program – 1/22/22 – 4/24/22

Cycling programs – Develop power!

  • 12 Wk – Indoor cycling FTP builder – 1/18/22 – 4/10/22
Our Approach

Athletes are streamed into training progressions based upon current fitness and capability. All programs offer structured workouts via Training Peaks, along with regular testing to set benchmarks for each athlete’s zones and efforts. Coached, weekly group training sessions (in Prospect Park for runners & triathletes, and on Zwift for cyclists) build camaraderie, accountability, and learning. Each athlete is equally valued by the group. We cheer one another on, offer support when the going gets tough and the spirit lags, and celebrate successes and breakthroughs. 

Not sure which option is best for your upcoming season? Hit the “Click to Schedule” button to schedule a call with Coach Peter.

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camps in St. Petersburg, Florida | 2 camps available |
black Friday registration price – $550 available until midnight | Max occupancy: 30 Athletes

25 people arrive at a pool – Some want to qualify for the World Championships, some want to race their first triathlon.  Some of those folks were talked into the Swim Camp by a significant other.  All left the pool swimming better, with new friends, a little suntan and a chance to thrive not just survive the first leg of their triathlon. 

Swimming is a life skill and a doorway to fitness and new experiences – we can’t wait to get you in the pool and show you what is possible!

Coaches Peter Helling and Earl Walton have a combined 50 years of coaching between them and look forward to helping you reach your goals this season.

Join us in sunny St. Petersburg Florida for the Startline Coaching Swim Camp and bring your goals. 

Use the coupon code “blacktriday” during registration. The coupon is valid through 11/30.

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | 2 Camps available |
blacktriday registration price – $550 | Max occupancy: 30 Athletes

Use the coupon code “blacktriday” during registration. The coupon is valid through 11/30. Act fast to secure your spot.

Designed for ALL PACES and experience levels, this weekend will pinpoint your areas of improvement, introduce skills and drills to “fix” your stroke, and then put those skills to practice in the pool and in the open water.

Blacktriday Pricing:

  • Single Camp: $550 (regular price $600)
  • 2 Camp series bundle: $950
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots): $150

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg

Two Camp Dates:

  • Camp #1: March 25-27, 2022
  • Camp #2:  May 13-15, 2022

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | 2 Camps available |
blacktriday registration price – $550 | Max occupancy: 30 Athletes

Triathlon racing is back! Kick off your season with us at the Startline Coaching Swim Camp in St. Petersburg Florida!      

Start your season with a plan for your swimming.  Every athlete will receive individual stroke and training guidance, and coaches will lead season planning sessions to set you up for racing success. 

Use the coupon code “blacktriday” during registration. The coupon is valid through 11/30. Act fast to secure your spot.

Event Details:

  • Expert coaching
  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Sunshine & all outdoor 50 meter and/or 25 meter pool sessions
  • Technique and training-focused sessions
  • Video stroke analysis
  • Classroom sessions focusing on correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Low athlete:coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • A chance to focus and learn with athletes and friends of every level
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots only)

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg

Two Camp Dates:

  • Camp #1: March 25-27, 2022
  • Camp #2:  May 13-15, 2022

Blacktriday Pricing:

  • Single Camp: $550 (regular price $600)
  • 2 Camp series bundle: $950
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots): $150

Note: The safety of all athletes, coaches, and staff is of paramount concern as we collectively face the health and safety risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Startline Coaching programs follow USA Swimming best practices, USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines and Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors and the directives issued by federal, state and local authorities. All athletes, coaches, & staff engaged in Startline Coaching programs are expected to follow the USA Triathlon Return to Racing recommendations for Athletes as well as Startline Coaching Return to Training Safety Code of Conduct.

Note: As of Oct 1, 2021, and without exception, all participants in Startline Coaching programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at any and all in-person Startline Coaching training or clinic sessions.

Covid-19 safety protocols:

Arrival, departure, & class room & on deck protocols

  • Swimmers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in. Vaccination is mandatory to attend
  • Swimmers must be COVID-19 symptom free to attend
  • Swimmers are asked not to share food/drink
  • Masks are not required

Register now for a great season of challenges, fitness, and camaraderie. Don’t miss out!

Run Training:

Group runs kick-off this Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 am in Prospect Park.

Bike Training:

The first group Zwift bike workout is this coming Tuesday morning, October 26, at 6:30 am.

Coach Peter

The shortening days and dropping temperatures of fall and winter (did we mention rain and snow?) can make working out on our own a challenge. More importantly, we often do not know how to structure our off-season for the best results – what to do, for how long, in what order, and when. But the off-season offers an opportunity that comes but once-a-year to hone skills, increase strength and stamina, and set a strong foundation for the spring and summer. 

Startline Coaching is once again offering two popular off-season run and bike programs, this year with the option to extend beyond 12-weeks. 

Both programs offer structured workouts via Training Peaks, along with regular testing to set benchmarks for each athlete’s zones and efforts. Coached, weekly group training sessions (in Prospect Park for runners and on Zwift for cyclists) build camaraderie, accountability, and learning. Winter and/or spring races are included for goal-setting and testing our mettle. 

All levels are welcome: the beginner who’s gotten a taste of racing and wants to improve, the experienced athlete who wants to get back in shape after time away, the competitive age-grouper who wants to set their sights on new goals and challenges – and everyone in between. Each athlete is equally valued by the group. We cheer one another on, offer support when the going gets tough and the spirit lags, and celebrate successes and breakthroughs. 

Join us!

We can all see the light at the end of the tunnel. Triathlon races are being scheduled with much more confidence. The cloud of uncertainty is lifting. Races in July look to be some of the first races offered in the North East. With this in mind, Startline Coaching is offering a number of triathlon training programs to help you prepare.

  1. Couch to Sprint Triathlon program. A 12-week group training program designed for athletes who have not been training consistently over the past 12 months. This program will get you back on your feet, and back to racing once again with a solid base of fitness. The program is also suitable for first timers. The goal is fun, fitness, and getting back to what you love!
  1. Olympic Distance race preparation program. A 15-week group training program for athletes who have an established base in all 3 sports or have been using the off season & winter to develop a single sport. This program will transition you from base training to race intensity/preparation training so that you can peak for a July or August “A” race.
  1. Open Water Swim preparation program. A 6-week group training program with 4 open water sessions at Brighton Beach to develop your readiness for racing in open water. This program also includes solo pool workouts for practicing skills learned in the open water, and for developing race fitness. The program will develop you into a fitter, more efficient, and confident open water swimmer.

The programs are specifically designed to help athletes prepare for the following events:

  • NYC Triathlon – July 11
  • New Jersey State Sprint & Olympic Triathlons – July 17 & July 18
  • USAT Nationals – August 7

Note: There are many events around the country that fall close to these target dates. Startline Coaching will work with you to help to prepare for any event. Contact Startline Coaching to see if these programs are a good fit for you or see if there are other programs and services that are a better fit for your needs.

3 Day Triathlon swim camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | April 30 – May 2 | Registration price – $600 | Max occupancy: 24 athletes

We are so excited to swim outside, breath the fresh air, feel the warmth of the sun on our faces during the day, and bask in the ethereal experience of swimming in the evening under lights!

3 coaches, 24 athletes, lots of one on one coach instruction in the pool and in the open water. Also: Yoga on the beach, video review, & dryland strength sessions to send you home with a complete experience & tools to prepare you for your upcoming race season.

Come join us. Register before the price increases on April 19 at midnight.

Head Coaches: Peter Helling & Earl Walton

Event Details:

  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Strict COVID-19 protocols following USAS, USAT, CDC, and local government protocols
  • Low athlete coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Classroom sessions that discuss correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots only)

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg
Camp Start: 4:00 pm 4/30/2021
Camp Close: 12:00 noon 5/2/2021

Note: The safety of all athletes, coaches, and staff is of paramount concern as we collectively face the health and safety risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Startline Coaching programs follow USA Swimming best practices, USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines and Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors and the directives issued by federal, state and local authorities. All athletes, coaches, & staff engaged in Startline Coaching programs are expected to follow the USA Triathlon Return to Racing recommendations for Athletes as well as Startline Coaching Return to Training Safety Code of Conduct.

Note: As of Oct 1, 2021, and without exception, all participants in Startline Coaching programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at any and all in-person Startline Coaching training or clinic sessions.

Covid-19 safety protocols:

Arrival, departure, & class room & on deck protocols

  • Swimmers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in. Vaccination is mandatory to attend
  • Swimmers must be COVID-19 symptom free to attend
  • Swimmers are asked not to share food/drink
  • Masks are not required

3 Day Triathlon Swim Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | April 30 – May 2 | Register for the camp by March 15 | Last chance for early bird pricing $550

Price increase soon: Unfortunately we are heading quickly to the penalty box.  With only 8 spots remaining and time running out, we will have to raise the price of the camp to $600 if you do not book before March 15th.

Don’t delay!

Designed for ALL PACES and experience levels, this weekend will pinpoint your areas of improvement, introduce skills and drills to “fix” your stroke, and then put those skills to practice in the pool and in the open water

Event Details:

  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Strict COVID-19 protocols following USAS, USAT, CDC, and local government protocols
  • Low athlete coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Classroom sessions that discuss correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg
Camp Start: 4:00 pm 4/30/2021
Camp Close: 12:00 noon 5/2/2021

The camp is limited to 24 participants. With 3 coaches on deck, you will receive lots of individual attention. Move quickly to secure your space at this exclusive camp.

3 Day Triathlon swim camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | April 30 – May 2 | Early registration price – $550 | Max occupancy: 24 athletes

Outdoor pool.  Open water swimming.  Florida sunshine.  Brilliant coaches. The only thing missing is you! The camp is limited to 24 participants and filling fast.  Move quickly to reserve your space.

We know that pool time has been scarce and it’s time to get back in the water. We’ve secured our own lanes at St. Petersburg’s top-notch North Shore Aquatic Center,  programmed in sunny weather, and prepared an awesome swim camp  – all in keeping with USAT and USAS COVID-19 safety practices. 

With 3 coaches on deck, you will receive lots of individual attention, work hard, and leave better prepared for the summer swim and racing seasons.

Questions about COVID-19 and refund policies? Scroll to the bottom for complete information.

Event Details:

  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Strict COVID-19 protocols following USAS, USAT, CDC, and local government protocols
  • Low athlete coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Classroom sessions that discuss correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots only)

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg
Camp Start: 4:00 pm 4/30/2021
Camp Close: 12:00 noon 5/2/2021

Note: The safety of all athletes, coaches, and staff is of paramount concern as we collectively face the health and safety risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Startline Coaching programs follow USA Swimming best practices, USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines and Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors and the directives issued by federal, state and local authorities. All athletes, coaches, & staff engaged in Startline Coaching programs are expected to follow the USA Triathlon Return to Racing recommendations for Athletes as well as Startline Coaching Return to Training Safety Code of Conduct.

Note: As of Oct 1, 2021, and without exception, all participants in Startline Coaching programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at any and all in-person Startline Coaching training or clinic sessions.

Covid-19 safety protocols:

Arrival, departure, & class room & on deck protocols

  • Swimmers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in. Vaccination is mandatory to attend
  • Swimmers must be COVID-19 symptom free to attend
  • Swimmers are asked not to share food/drink
  • Masks are not required

Refund Policy:

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic creates considerable uncertainty for every athlete thinking about attending the camp. To support you in this uncertain time, we have established the following policies to protect your investment. 

Camp Cancellation: Should the camp be cancelled, you will be refunded your registration fee minus a $100 non-refundable deposit. Unfortunately, we are unable to fully refund the cost of registration because costs have already been incurred.

Registration Purchase Protection: You may purchase optional, additional protection for your registration that provides a full refund if you be unable to attend due to testing positive for COVID-19 prior to the camp, if the camp is postponed because the government has forced us to postpone (up to 90 days), and other qualifying unforeseen circumstances. Please review the Terms & Conditions for the exact terms of the purchase protection policy. NOTE: This purchase protection plan does not cover cancellation of the camp nor if you choose not to attend. Credit card payment is required if you select purchase protection. Venmo payments cannot be accepted if purchase protection is selected.

Registration Transfers: Although registration for this camp is nonrefundable, you may request to transfer your reservation to a friend or a person on the waitlist should you no longer wish to attend. To request a transfer, contact the camp director at phelling@startlinecoaching.com. You will be given a link to transfer your registration. A refund will be processed upon successful transfer of your registration to another registrant minus a $50 transfer fee.

These policies do not cover any other costs incurred by the registrant, such as travel and lodging.

3 Day Triathlon swim camp in St. Petersburg, Florida | April 30 – May 2 | Early registration price – $550 | Max occupancy: 24 athletes

We are very excited to see you in Florida this year.  To say the least, 2020 has been a challenge. We know you can’t wait to get back to what you love. Our 2021 swim camp has been adapted for safe training during COVID. But, as always, we will focus on improving your swim stroke and water comfort, building your swim fitness, and preparing you to successfully compete in the open water.  

Designed for ALL PACES and experience levels, this weekend will pinpoint your areas of improvement, introduce skills and drills to “fix” your stroke, and then put those skills to practice in the pool and in the open water.

Event Details:

  • 10 hours of pool & open water swim instruction & training
  • Strict COVID-19 protocols following USAS, USAT, CDC, and local government protocols
  • Low athlete coach ratio ensuring plenty of individual attention
  • Classroom sessions that discuss correct form using samples of video captured of athletes attending the camp
  • Dryland strength sessions & instruction to supplement your pool time.
  • Optional 1 hour one-on-one endless pool swim form analysis with a coach (6 slots only)

Camp Location: North Shore Aquatic Complex, St. Petersburg
Camp Start: 4:00 pm 4/30/2021
Camp Close: 12:00 noon 5/2/2021

Note: The safety of all athletes, coaches, and staff is of paramount concern as we collectively face the health and safety risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Startline Coaching programs follow USA Swimming best practices, USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines and Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors and the directives issued by federal, state and local authorities. All athletes, coaches, & staff engaged in Startline Coaching programs are expected to follow the USA Triathlon Return to Racing recommendations for Athletes as well as Startline Coaching Return to Training Safety Code of Conduct.

Note: As of Oct 1, 2021, and without exception, all participants in Startline Coaching programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at any and all in-person Startline Coaching training or clinic sessions.

Covid-19 safety protocols:

Arrival, departure, & class room & on deck protocols

  • Swimmers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at check-in. Vaccination is mandatory to attend
  • Swimmers must be COVID-19 symptom free to attend
  • Swimmers are asked not to share food/drink
  • Masks are not required

Put in the work now and set the foundation for 2021. Looking for structure so you can optimize your training hours and develop a robust base during the winter months? Seeking guidance from a coach on how to excel in a specific sport and develop new strengths? Interested in a video analysis of your run form along with professional guidance on drills & technique? Looking for the camaraderie of some fellow athletes to train with? We all need suffer partners.

The winter is where it is at for developing a robust training base for next years racing. For triathletes, it is also the last opportunity to take a more singular focus on developing your run or bike before race preparation training begins in the Spring. This winter, Startline Coaching is offering two group programs to bring you to new level of performance.

Each program is a comprehensive progression of in-person group, solo, and virtual group workouts that are designed to improve technique, build fitness, power, and pace, and prepare you to begin race preparation training in the spring. Each progression culminates in a final virtual or in person event to test your fitness and establish a baseline for your training in 2021.

Beginning the week of Jan 18, Startline Coaching will kick-off two different 12 week group training programs for cycling and/or running. Registration is open now!

Winter Run Focus incl. Video run analysis!

$300*

  • Group program
  • 12 Weeks
  • 1 group training session/week + solo workouts
  • Starts: 1/23/21
  • Ends: 4/10/21

Focus:

  • Detailed feedback & form correction for each athlete.
  • Base fitness development & race preparation for a strong half marathon performance

Run Video Analysis:

  • Run video recording session
  • One on one video review with each athlete
  • Written summary with video footage & recommendations

Group Training Sessions:

  • 1 in person or online group training session/week
  • Saturday @8:00am Week 1-2 (in person video & drill sessions)
  • Wednesday @7:00 pm Week 3-12 (online)
  • No bag watch will be provided

Winter Cycling Focus
Build your power!

$375*

  • Group program
  • 12 Weeks
  • 3 group training sessions/week + solo workouts
  • Starts: 1/19/21
  • Ends: 4/11/21

Focus:

  • Coached indoor (Zwift) group training program targeted to cyclists & triathletes to develop power, and endurance
  • Development of V02Max, FTP, & stamina in preparation for subsequent race preparation training

Group Training Sessions:

  • 3 online group training sessions/week
  • Tuesday @ 6:30 am (Online)
  • Thursday @ 7:00 pm (Online)
  • Sunday @ 3:00 pm (Online)

The first workout for the bike focus program is tomorrow! Set your alarm! Tomorrow’s ride will be on Zwift @6:30 am. Be sure you connect 5+ mins early so you do not miss the meet up and so you can load the workout. Let’s get ready to go.

Those of you who are considering a bike focus for the next few months and have not pulled the trigger, there is still time to sign up. Be coached through a comprehensive progression of indoor & outdoor workouts designed to develop your power and stamina on the bike.

Develop the confidence to ride hilly terrain. Understand your capabilities so that when faced with challenging terrain, you know when to press and for how long. Learn to pace others and pace yourself in a group. Take on KOM/QOM segments. Measure and follow your progress through the next 12 weeks and start next years training season stronger. 3 coached group workouts per week + solo workouts

If you miss tomorrow’s workout no big deal. But don’t let the train pull away from the station without you. Move fast! The train is starting to move.

More questions contact Startline Coaching.

Coach Peter

Although 2020 was a major disappointment, many of our training activities are finally returning back to normal, as long as appropriate safety precautions are taken.

Athletes also tell me how much they have missed “the group” – the support, camaraderie, laughter, and shared suffering of training together. The lack of center of community in our athletic lives has left a void.

So let’s get out the house and off our screens, reconnect with fellow athletes, and focus on building a fitness foundation with 2021 in mind.

Startline Coaching is thrilled to offer two comprehensive group training programs this fall.

Beginning the week of October 10, Startline Coaching will kick-off two different 12 week group training programs for cycling and/or running. Registration is open now!

Each program is a comprehensive progression of in-person group, solo, and virtual group workouts that are designed to improve technique, build fitness and power, address strength imbalances, and prepare you to begin race preparation training in the new year. Each progression culminates in a final virtual or in person event to test your fitness and establish a baseline for your training in 2021.

Note: The safety of all athletes, coaches, and staff is of paramount concern as we collectively face the health and safety risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. All Startline Coaching programs follow USA Swimming best practices, USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines and Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors and the directives issued by federal, state and local authorities. All athletes, coaches, & staff engaged in Startline Coaching programs are expected to follow the USA Triathlon Return to Racing recommendations for Athletes as well as Startline Coaching Return to Training Safety Code of Conduct.

Note: As of Oct 1, 2021, and without exception, all participants in Startline Coaching programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attendance at any and all in-person Startline Coaching training or clinic sessions.

2020 has been a challenging year for endurance athletes, leaving athletes with big questions like what next? and should I even bother? All of the race uncertainty has left many athletes feeling that they don’t want to invest in training if the race turns out not to happen. This can lead to frustration, burn out, and possibly throwing in the towel and de-training altogether.

At Startline Coaching, our recommendation is to think of the summer of 2020 as a unique opportunity to put some space in your life to:

A) Focus on family, new adventures, work, or other passions, but do so in a way where you maintain a productive level of fitness, strength, & mobility so that you can return to training in the fall healthy & motivated. For those you who fall into this bucket, Startline Coaching is offering a brand new ‘strengthen my base’ group training program that will keep you strong & robust while giving you time & flexibility to pursue other areas of interest.

B) Focus on a specific performance limiter. Rarely are we given the gift of time to make concrete progress on a key weakness in a truly dedicated way. The summer of 2020 is a rare opportunity to accelerate your athletic progress in a key discipline, such as biking or running, without the pressure of needing to prepare for a race. For those of you who are in this bucket, Startline Coaching offers individualized custom coaching programs to support you throughout the summer.

Whatever you choose to do, just keep moving! It’s great for the body – and for the spirit, too.

Coach Peter.

Whether your concern is body composition, recovery, power production, or workout/race fueling, it is always best to work with a specialist in the field. Three weeks ago, Startline Coaching athletes attended an athlete nutrition and fueling webinar with Nicci Schock of Elevate Performance Services. The session provided a grounding in the fueling requirements of athletes in the context of day to day nutritional practices, with a focus on training your body to call upon fat as the principal energy source rather than carbohydrates (CHO).

As a coach, I also work increasingly with athletes that are vegan or vegetarian. Dietary practices are more varied as athletes seek healthier practices. The vegan & vegetarian diet, while very healthy, can be limiting to the performance of athletes if not well managed and supplemented.

Daily nutrition:

  • Controls your metabolism during rest & during exercise
  • Influences energy pathway development (fat vs CHO burning)
  • Sets the stage for how well your race fuel will work for you
  • Is a performance differentiator for endurance events

Every athlete should include healthy fat, proteins & fiber into every meal, where fiber is the carbohydrate component consisting of fruits & vegetables. For vegan & vegetarian athletes, ensuring adequate protein in their diet can be a challenge. Constant care must be taken. Lack of protein increases dependence upon CHO burning energy pathways, rather than fat burning energy pathways, and reduces potential for lean muscle mass development, both of which significantly impact training & racing performance. In addition, plant proteins do not meet the full protein needs of athletes. Specific protein supplementation is required esp. during periods of high workload.

In training, fueling is not always required and can be counter productive. Aerobic exercise of moderate intensity up to 120 minutes requires no material fueling beyond a low CHO electrolyte drink. High intensity exercise up to 90 minutes requires no material fueling either beyond a low CHO electrolyte drink. Not every training bout is a race. Know the purpose of the workout. Use lower intensity training to develop fat burning energy pathways. Restrict the use of high glycemic carbohydrate energy products to race simulation or race efforts.

The topic is complex and each athlete’s needs are specific. A one on one consultation is recommended for anyone who struggles with race fueling, GI distress, workout recovery, or is competing as a vegan or vegetarian athlete. #startline athletes receive discounted rates for #elevate services.

  1. Blood Monitoring for Performance
  2. Sports Nutrition
  3. Sweat Sodium Testing
  4. Metabolic Efficiency Testing
  5. Genomic Testing
  6. Mindset Training

Runners often think that they should run a consistent mile-by-mile pace to maximize their race performance. However, it is not quite that simple. Anyone who has actually run a race knows that their pace for any given mile is impacted significantly by terrain; gravity significantly increases the energy demand at any given pace, creating fatigue and the need to recover.

A better approach is to aim for even energy pacing.

We all know uphill is harder than the flats. Too often athletes charge up a hill trying to maintain a close-to-target pace. Dr. Jack Daniels has produced some excellent charts that show the impact of grade on oxygen demand when using a treadmill. The chart below shows how much more oxygen consumption (V02) is needed to “maintain” pace as the grade increases. What is startling is how even a small increase in grade can dramatically change energy demand.

For example: If a runner holds 8:00/mile on a 2% grade, it will feel like 7:08/mile pace. This demonstrates clearly that trying to hold one even pace is detrimental to your race performance and that you will significantly overrun your pacing strategy (unless, of course, you are running on a flat course).

10:00 Mile9:14 Mile8:35 Mile8:00 Mile7:30 Mile7:04 Mile
0% gradeV02 27.4
Pace 10:00
V02 30.3
Pace 9:14
V02 33.3
Pace 8:35
V02 36.3
Pace 8:00
V02 39.3
Pace 7:30
V02 42.4
Pace 7:04
1% gradeV02 29.7
Pace 9:23
V02 32.8
Pace 8:40
V02 35.9
Pace 8:04
V02 39.1
Pace 7:33
V02 42.2
Pace 7:05
V02 45.4
Pace 6:41
2% gradeV02 32.0
Pace 8:50
V02 35.3
Pace 8:11
V02 38.5
Pace 7:37
V02 41.9
Pace 7:08
V02 45.2
Pace 6:42
V02 48.5
Pace 6:20
3% gradeV02 34.3
Pace 8:22
V02 37.8
Pace 7:45
V02 41.2
Pace 7:14
V02 44.7
Pace 6:46
V02 48.1
Pace 6:22
V02 51.5
Pace 6:02
4% gradeV02 36.6
Pace 7:56
V02 40.3
Pace 7:21
V02 43.8
Pace 6:52
V02 47.4
Pace 6:27
V02 51.0
Pace 6:04
V02 54.6
Pace 5:45
5% gradeV02 38.9
Pace 7:34
V02 42.8
Pace 7:00
V02 46.4
Pace 6:33
V02 50.2
Pace 6:09
V02 53.9
Pace 5:48
V02 57.6
Pace 5:30
6% gradeV02 41.3
Pace 7:13
V02 45.3
Pace 6:42
V02 49.1
Pace 6:16
V02 53.0
Pace 5:53
V02 56.9
Pace 5:33
V02 60.7
Pace 5:16
Excerpted from Jack Daniels Running Formula 3rd Edition

The key lesson from this analysis is this: when you hit a hill, slow down & control your effort, and similarly increase pace down hill. Always take into account the impact of gravity on your ability to perform. An effective strategy for the same sample 8:00 min pace runner, is to slow down to about a 9:14 min pace when running up a hill of 2% grade. As you can see above, the runner will still be consuming oxygen at a consistent V02 of about 35.3, with about the same energy cost of an 8:11 pace on flat ground.

When thinking about your next race, consider the terrain in your pacing plan. Taking an even energy pacing approach will ensure you do not overrun portions of the course forcing you recover. For the New Yorkers who read this blog, next time you are racing in central park and facing the northern hill, hold back as you climb and you will crest with strength giving you the opportunity to pass the many runners who climbed too fast and are recovering from going out too hard. Chances are that you will never see them again as you whistle by.

Moreover, this approach will delay the impacts of fatigue and will result in a stronger overall performance. Experienced racers know that hills wear down their competitors and the race is won at the end when the field has weakened. Nothing inspires more than having gas in the engine and passing competitors as the finish approaches!

Run well, run smart.

Coach Peter.

Life has changed for everyone these past few weeks and is likely to remain changed for some time to come. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us all to develop new ways to interact, find new ways to stay connected, manage our own fears and anxieties and those of others, and adapt to restricted movement. To those of you who have struggled with the disease or have loved ones who are ill, know the thoughts of everyone you know are with you and we all wish we could be at your side at this time.

In a prior post, I focused on the need for self care:

  • More sleep
  • Consciously showing more love for ourselves and others
  • Moving a little

The focus was about a priority response to manage the shock of the change and disruption that we have all felt in our lives. Now to look forward.

As athletes, we are all attuned to the idea of goal races. Races are being cancelled, parks are closed, group training sessions are no longer an option. As athletes, we have lost our tether and it is so easy to fall into a deep funk. Why bother? Right?

It is a truth that we will all be here for a while, and I would challenge us all now to find new structures and ways of being to reestablish normalcy in our lives, rather than sit and wait for the old to return. In some ways, this experience is analogous to an injury that puts us on the sidelines. We now need to look at recovering from the injury as our training. It is a change in perspective, and serves as a lighthouse guiding us to safe harbor in the storm.

So what does this mean:

Set training goals (visualize & write down what that would look like)

  • Address that niggling injury or flexibility issue
  • Build that core strength you always wished you had
  • Hit a power development target for the bike

Think through what tools you need to hit that goal and the target timeline to do so.

  • Stretch cords
  • Set up a strength training space
  • Buy a smart trainer

Establish a weekly training pattern

  • Commit to certain days/time of the week for specific activities
  • Schedule these times into your calendar
  • Pay yourself first by doing the workout you set out to do & don’t let other priorities invade

Engage others in your plan

  • You are not the only one out there. Engage your friends & family in a your plan. Inspire them as well.
  • Use tools like Facetime, Zoom etc. to connect with others and hold each accountable

Seek advice

  • Look to others with more experience such as personal trainers, coaches, & other experienced athletes to help you build a plan if this seems overwhelming

It starts with that mental shift of acceptance, and then action. Commit yourself to movement, it keeps you healthy, and in a much better mental space where you can be more generous to others. Your actions to commit to movement & engage others in the process will spread like ripples in a pond inspiring others to do the same.

Let’s move forward together and be guided by millions of lighthouses and that will guide us all home to safe harbor.

Coach Peter.

It goes without saying that much has changed in the past 2 weeks. Life is topsy turvy, with movement restricted, social connection broken, and much of life’s normal ebb & flow disturbed. It is all very disorienting and stress inducing.

For some, we have loved ones at risk either as essential workers or simply prone to the worst of outcomes of COVID-19. Others are taking on the challenge of working remotely in a sub optimal environment, working with unfamiliar technology, or losing their employment altogether. Simply going to get groceries is stress inducing with either fear of coming in contact with the virus or of being the agent of passing it around.

As athletes we are all driven to prepare for races and much of this feels like it has all gone up in smoke. Races are cancelled, pools and gyms are shuttered, and even a solo run in the park can feel congested. Combine this with all the other real life stress around you and it is easy to get into a bit of a death spiral of low motivation, watching the news a little too much, and just overall working yourself up into a state. Finally, I hate to say it, fear of not living up to your coach’s expectations of performance and diligence also adds stress.

It is time for a little self care and to let go of some of your should’s an ought’s. First, I suggest you ask less of yourself. Scale back on output and focus on a bit more sleep, showing love for others, and simply moving a little vs. a lot. Some thoughts:

  • Sleep a lot – The body repairs and the mind works through the stresses of the day when you sleep. Get off those screens and get to bed early.
  • Love more – Showing care and love will make you feel so much better. Take a little time to care for others. When working, spend some time making sure you listen more and engage and show you care. Less content and more connection.
  • Move a little – Exercise should be a joy. I do it because it make me feel like a kid – when life was about bombing around and not about the workout. Reconnect to your joyful reason. Too often athletes feel they much complete the entire workout or not do it all. Just do as much as feels fun right now. The simple act of moving will make you feel better and motivate you for next time.

These 3 simple steps will boost the release of the key neurotransmitters Serotonin, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine, boosting your mood, motivation, energy, and concentration and building your resilience in this stressful time.

Let me know how it goes. Your coach wants you healthy, and happy first.

I’m off for a short walk in the sun with my love (while maintaining social distance of course).

Coach Peter

A week ago, Startline Coaching athletes ran the Run the Blue Point Brewery 10 miler. This year, 16 athletes completed the race on long Island, NY and celebrated with a morning beer. The Blue Point Brewery always puts on a good show, with great food, a band, a warm tent and, yes, great beer. My thanks to #GLIRC for as always running a great race. This is the 10th year of the race and 6th time Startline Coaching athletes have been to the race.

This race is a team favorite capping off a 12 week run/strength training block before we move into triathlon training. We were 16/16 on completing the race with negative splits and many with significant improvements over the prior year. Developing speed and pacing control was a central theme over these past 12 weeks. You should all feel so pleased with your results.

Way to execute!

Coach Peter

All athletes, at some point during their career, come to grapple with optimizing nutrition to boost recovery, and athletic performance. Whether your concern is body composition, recovery, power production, or workout/race fueling, it is always best to work with a specialist in the field.

A good time to start is at the beginning of your training cycle. Obtain a benchmark on your metabolic efficiency, discuss current nutrition practices and receive a program that is forward looking and can impact your race result.

Three years ago, I consulted with Nicci Schock of Elevate Performance Services to understand CHO/hour fueling requirements at various paces & power levels. The aim was to fine tune my fueling plan for Ironman Lake Placid with a clear understanding of what is required to meet racing requirements relative to what I might consider/have tested as a tolerable race fueling plan.

The results were that I could pull back to a more tolerable 200 calories per hour for the Ironman and know I was meeting my CHO needs. This fueling plan was the cornerstone of race preparation workouts, and 40 minute Ironman PR. Information is power.

Nicci offers a broad range of services to athletes:

#startline athletes receive discounted rates for #elevate services.

  1. Blood Monitoring for Performance
  2. Sports Nutrition
  3. Sweat Sodium Testing
  4. Metabolic Efficiency Testing
  5. Genomic Testing
  6. Mindset Training

Photo Credit: Larry Rosa photography

Looking for a breakthrough on the bike? Looking to get away from the northern winter? Come to southern Spain this coming Feb-March. The views are breathtaking, rides are challenging, food is outstanding, and camaraderie will leave you with memories and friends for a lifetime. Last year, I had the pleasure of joining 4 Startline Coaching athletes at Strong Like Bull. We were all blown away by the experience.

Operating for over 14 years, Strong Like Bull camps give cyclists the ultimate multi-day tour experience.

The team of John Hirsch & Sean Langford bring you to the peaks of Pico de Veleta (Sierra Nevada) and El Torcal de Antequerra (Sierra del Torcal) among many others.

Every ride is a guided non drop ride with multiple pace groups. No ride is repeated and every ride brings with it substantial climbing and 60-70 miles of riding. A SAG wagon supports every ride should you feel you need to take a break but the views and riding variety have a way of just pushing you on.

Kerstin Barr of Soulshine Kitchen provides delicious food that caters to the dietary and fueling needs of all campers.

Campers stay in a farm house together with many bedrooms, and space to spread out. Campers can expect to share rooms with another camper. The farmhouse also has a lovely pool that is wonderfully therapeutic after a day in the saddle.

Larry Rosa of Larry Rosa photography captures every athlete at their absolute best, and drives the SAG wagon.

Triathletes looking to get in a run or two or a swim will be able to do so as well. The local pool (Piscina Cubierta) is a wonderful facility 8 * 25 m facility. Catch a swim in the morning before heading out on the bike or take a run right out of the door of the farmhouse.

To cap it all off, each camp includes a one day trip to a historical site. Last year’s camps visited world heritage sites, the Alhambra Granada and the Mezquita Cordoba, plus a day in town to shop, see the sites and enjoy a night on the town together.

In sum, Strong Like Bull camps are shouldn’t be missed experience for any cyclist. Come away transformed.

Coach Peter

Photo Credit: Larry Rosa photography

Startline Coaching will be offering two 10 session swim development programs this winter. Two days per week are offered: Wednesday or Friday mornings from 6:30 am – 7:30 am. Starting Jan 24, and ending April 10

  • Struggling with your swim form – Complete a swim progression focused on technique, endurance, & pacing control. Increase both the frequency & yardage that you swim, and receive specific form correction from a coach in a small group setting. Hold your best form for longer!
  • Intermediate swimmer looking for a breakthrough – Complete a swim progression focused on technique, power, and endurance development. Increase the tempo and rhythm of your stroke while refining technique under coach direction in a small group setting.

Startline Coaching is also offering a 22 week triathlon group training program suited to triathletes training to complete a May/June Sprint, Olympic or Half Ironman distance race. Meet twice a week as a group in Prospect Park. Execute prescribed solo workouts the rest of the week. Professional coaching guidance throughout your entire journey. Go into the season fit & race ready!

I am often asked by athletes about breathing technique for running. I’d like to address this with a three part answer:

  1. Principally breathe in and out through your mouth. During exercise, we are most concerned with Oxygen delivery to the lungs and blood stream and Carbon Dioxide expulsion from the lung and blood stream. Your nose can certainly participate, but the most effective method is to enable the biggest airway. Solely nose breathing is restrictive and decreases O2/C02 exchange. You have a big hole in the front of your head to draw in & expel air, you should use it!
  2. Belly Breathe. Chest breathing is also restrictive and does not make full use of the capacity of your lungs. Breathe in and out using your diaphragm vs. top of your chest. Your belly will expand along with your lungs enabling greater lung capacity.
  3. Adopt a 2-2 breath pattern. Most runners seek to achieve 180 steps/minute cadence as they run. A 2 steps inhale 2 steps exhale pattern has the benefit of enabling the greatest amount of O2/CO2 exchange and works well for paces up from EZ/Endurance runs to 10k/5K. Only during the finishing kick would you find yourself breathing with the more extreme 2-1 or 1-2 breath pattern. Note: For long EZ/Endurance runs, you should also periodically try a 3-3 breath pattern. This is not because a 3-3 breath is optimal, but because if you cannot hold a 3-3 pattern you are running too hard for the purpose of an EZ/Endurance workout.

Enjoy your running and check in on your breath as you run. I personally advocate running without music or other distractions. Yes! I can hear the whining and complaining from here, but this approach will allow you to stay in tune with your body and its physiological responses to exercise stress, and also toughen you mentally for racing. Your breath is a key physiological indicator and guide for pacing control. Listen to your breath and don’t shut it out. Your breath is a fully redundant pacing feedback system and, if you are in touch with it, it will no longer matter if your Garmin malfunctions or the battery dies – not that this ever happens.

Coach Peter.

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