Tri Expertise with The Nation's Triathlon Tri Clinic Series
Author: Kristen Avioli
Like most people in this sport, I came to triathlon strong in one discipline, swimming. Post college swimming, I was looking to add variety to my exercise regime and long story short, triathlon became my sport of choice. In the last few years, the main thing I have learned is that there is always more to learn: more racing tips, techniques, training advice, and how to improve my nutrition, strength & flexibility.
Clinics and information sessions are some of the best ways I have found to learn and practice techniques I would normally never think of, nor take time to do. These clinics have given me critical info that makes a huge difference in my racing and, even more importantly, the training leading up to the race. For those living in Washington, DC, The Nation’s Triathlon is offering some great clinics for triathletes of all levels. The ALL NEW Tri Clinic Series, presented by Muscle Milk, is definitely something that will give me that extra knowledge and key tricks of the trade to help me succeed and improve my skills.
The series offers five clinics combined with workouts, so you can learn and get your exercise in for the day too! The summer clinic series is geared towards more experienced athletes, but are also great and informative for newbies. The key speakers are all triathletes and/or accomplished athletes, who have been training and racing for years. They‘ve raced successfully for years, learned from their mistakes, and are excited to share their wealth of knowledge in their specific areas of expertise. Check out the schedule here.
Personally, my training so far this year has gone fairly well, aside from a minor hip/glute issue. I completed a majority of running races this winter and spring including a marathon, and in the past couple of months have begun to focus on my triathlon training. It’s at this point that I’m realizing where my tri weaknesses are, and where simple tips and tricks will help me improve my skills and get better. With a busy work schedule, and a dog to care for while also trying to get my training in, I don’t always find time to read triathlon-based books and browse the web for training information. So when I hear about valuable clinics that I can attend, I sign up right away, and enjoy learning from the local experts.
Furthermore, it’s easy to reconnect with the presenters because they are in the area! Just recently I’ve contacted Mike Hamberger, Founder of DC Running Coach LLC, to be my running coach, to improve my run and overall my triathlon times (ps Michelle - I'm out to get you!!). Plus I’m the type of athlete who needs someone keeping me on track and holding my responsible for my workouts, which I'm not always good at. I have high hopes for my 2011 season, and with joining Mike, the fact that I have joined The Bike Rack Multisport Team, and am attending as many clinics as I possibly can, I am positive I will have a successful triathlon season and will be very happy with my results come year-end.
I hope the same for you – and hope to see you at the Clinic Series! To register, click here. For those of you not in the DC Area, check out your local running/biking/triathlon shops for information on clinics and training sessions (like Pacers Running Stores Fun Runs) that you can attend, and I can assure you, you will learn some valuable tricks of the trade. See you in September!
A former Division One collegiate swimmer and record holder, Kristen completed her first triathlon in 2008 and fell in love with the sport immediately. Never a runner or cyclist and only running short distances to entertain her sister Natalie during marathons, she decided to get crankin’ on the tri train. Since 2008, she has completed 12 triathlons, including a half iron man, 8 half marathons, and two marathon, and now loves to run! She is a USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, Swim Coach, and Adjunct Faculty Member at George Washington University.
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