Training on Rollers

Why T3Multisports Trains on Rollers

We ride on rollers primarily because they provide a very realistic road feel during indoor training. Since the bike is free to move around, it gives our athletes the feeling of riding on the open road. It’s much more engaging and the freedom of movement brings more benefits, such as improving balance, riding in a straight line, improving pedal stroke efficiency and no excess wear on tires like regular stationary trainers with wheel tension knobs.

Mental toughness and focus is a critical part of your athlete development. The increased concentration that rollers require make them a little less boring and easier to handle mentally for our young athletes.

Training indoors is an important part of our athletes’ development, we like to say it is the lab portion of our training program. As coaches, we have the immediate ability to make corrections to technique, skills and helping the athlete understand relaxing. Stationary trainers have a role in training but don’t require balance. Rollers provide that opportunity to improve balance and pedal efficiency as the balance on rollers is coming from the gyroscopic effect of the wheels in motion. The faster the athlete pedals the more stable they are.

In addition, the ability to really teach riding in a straight line pays huge dividends when our athletes transfer to the road for pace line drills and group rides.

Our rollers of choice are SportCrafters Cadence Rollers, they provide a smooth feel as the drums turn and are extremely durable. With multiple young athletes using them and traveling with them to races…they get a lot of abuse. SportCrafters rollers have stood up to this and continue to provide us great training and results.

-Boris Robinson, Owner & Director, T3Multisports Youth Triathlon and Junior Cycling Academy

Triathlon is a Sport

While this statement “Triathlon is a Sport” may sound like a statement of the obvious it really isn’t. To most triathletes this is a “no brainer” but to the layman and the recreational participate and many parents it isn’t the obvious. So many folks view triathlon as an extra-curricular activity. Something done is the off season from soccer, football or basketball. The reality is Triathlon is a sport, an Olympic sport and since 2014 a Collegiate sport for women.

What’s Wrong?

Why is triathlon not as popular or mainstream as other sports? That’s the million dollar question. Triathletes train hard, race for prize money and both men and women get paid the same. Seems like this should be worthy of the title, Sport. Well, maybe it’s how the sport came about initially; as a sport of and for age groupers. Elites came a bit later in 1989, (the sport was founded in the US in 1982).

In August 1990 the United States hosted the second ITU Triathlon World Championship in Orlando, Fla. More than 1,200 athletes from 40 countries competed. The International Olympic Committee officially recognized triathlon as an Olympic sport and the ITU as the sole international governing body in 1991. In 1993 the Pan American Games approved triathlon for competition at the 1995 Pan Am Games in Mar De Plata, Argentina.

The IOC’s recognition of triathlon as an Olympic sport allowed the federation to be eligible for up to $250,000 in grants from the USOC. The first Goodwill Games Triathlon was held in St. Petersburg, Russia, on July 23, 1994. The sport finally reached its ultimate goal of being included on the Olympic program at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia. (Courtesy of USA Triathlon website)

 There are a number of youth and junior development team in the US and athlete are competing at the local, national and international level. Where does that happen in most of the other sports in America?

Suggestion for a Fix

It is important that coaches, athletes and USA Triathlon do a better job of popularizing the sport and acknowledging the fact that it is indeed a sport. Athletes young and old should communicate this, the sport needs to get into the school system and compete within school districts. Parents need to see the value of their child competing in a life sport that may lead to a professional career but more importantly it teach life skills such as commitment, dedication, consistency and the values of goal setting, organization and critical thinking.

It is time Triathlon received its long overdue respect as a viable sports’ option for youth in America. Triathlon indeed is a sport not an extracurricular activity.

Now get busy promoting the sport.

Boris Robinson,

Director/Head Coach

Simple Swimming Tip

Simple swimming tip

So often you see numerous tips on swimming, how to swim faster, how to swim stronger, where your hand should enter the water…etc. This post is really simple. In order to swim faster and more efficiently you need to do two things: Increase your propulsion and Decrease your resistance. That simple.

In order to swim your best you should ask yourself two questions:

(1) Is this drill helping me increase my propulsion?

(2) Is this drill helping me decrease my resistance?

If any drill or swim session doesn’t address these two things, you should stop and reevaluate “why” (equals purpose) am I doing this?

Keep it simple and focus on more propulsion in the water and less resistance in the water.

Happy training,

Boris

Welcome

Initial Welcome

Welcome to the T3Multisports Blog.  This is blog was established for you and we hope you will find interesting and useful information here.  It is also an opportunity for us to communicate so please feel free to respond.  We only ask that you use good judgment in your response as we want to keep this family friendly and respectful to all.

The goal is to post weekly; however, there may be time when the posts will be more or less frequently depending on your level of involvement and interest.

Once again, welcome and we thank you for taking a look around our site.  Hope you will consider us as your triathlon and cycling training program.

Regards,

Boris

Owner/Director

T3Multisports, LLC