What is Base Training? Hint: It’s Not What You Think

What is Base Training? Among endurance athletes, base training is synonymous with early-season training at a low intensity that increases in volume with the purpose of building one’s aerobic fitness. While this is often the correct programming strategy, in many cases, it may not be the right strategy. But why? What’s In The Name? As […]

Cycling Aerodynamics – Surprising Facts

If you’re an avid triathlete or road cyclist, you likely geek out over slippery looking bikes and have an odd knowledge of terms such as ‘coefficient of drag’ and ‘yaw angles.’ However, despite familiarity with some aerodynamic terms and all of the marketing done by bike, clothing and gear companies in terms of aerodynamics; the […]

GUIDE: Strength Training for Endurance Athletes

The History Ahh yes, strength training – the nemesis of any endurance athlete… or at least that is what we are often led to believe. For starters, despite being debunked many many years ago, the myth that lifting a weight or doing a lunge will automatically add pounds of muscle still persists to this day. […]

Be Careful Who You Listen To

“A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.” I’m sure that many of you have heard this quote before and from my experience, it’s 100% spot on. Now, while not everyone that gains a little bit of knowledge in a particular area will try to come across as Einstein, there are certainly quite a […]

Lactic Acid vs. Lactate: What’s The Difference?

If you’ve been involved with endurance sports for even a short amount of time, you have no doubt heard or read that the ever so fun muscle burn that you experience is caused by a thing called ‘lactic acid.’ This obviously must be correct as so many sources cite lactic acid as the nemesis of […]

The Science of the Warm-Up

Whether it was your 5th grade soccer coach, your college track coach, or your running group buddies; if you’ve been participating in sports of any kind, you’ve likely heard the phrase, “You gotta warm up!” While this is a common understanding, the science of the warm up is less understood. While the general rationale for […]

10 Reasons Why You Need the UESCA Endurance Sports Nutrition Certification

United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy (UESCA) is creating the first-ever nutrition certification focused on endurance sports. We are creating this certification in partnership with Bob Seebohar, RD, MS – of the top dietitians focused on endurance sports. UESCA is thrilled to produce this certification; not only because of the comprehensive nature of it, but also […]

Your Goal Race Must Have Meaning

As we progress through February and with many COVID-based restrictions easing across the country and around the world, this is likely the time that many endurance athletes are plotting their races for the 2022 season and beyond. During this process of plotting races, one important question an athlete must ask themself is, “Does my goal […]

Muscle Fiber Types – Overview and Application

Hello UESCA coaches, current and future! I hope your 2022 is off to a good start and you are excited about the upcoming opportunities coming up with the UESCA including new certifications, continued partnerships, and the overall growth of our UESCA coaching community. Today’s blog discusses the different muscle fiber types our muscular system consists […]

Risk Based Pacing (Part One)

Risk based pacing is an important part of all endurance sports, whether it be a single discipline event (i.e., half-marathon) or a multi-discipline sport (i.e., triathlon). Risk based pacing is perhaps one of the most important things to master, as it can be the difference between finishing strong and dropping out. The general theme with […]