TRI Robot

June 26, 2017
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You swim some, you bike some, and you run some.   You sign up for a race, buy a sweet bike , find a cute outfit to match, and there you go!  Presto:  triathlete!

For many athletes, these are great first steps, albeit a bit misguided.   But it’s a good start and kudos to athletes for tackling new personal challenges.

Now, here’s the question.  Are you engaging in swim, bike, run, rinse, repeat and evolving into a TRI Robot??

As triathletes, we are a hard-headed, determined, often A-type personality bunch.   Heck, we want in done yesterday!!!   So it logically follows that many of us simply do the same things over and over again and hope to improve.   Routines work. Consistency works.   It’s all in place, or so it seems.

But there is little learning and no room for real improvement in this format,  Without variety in training, new challenges, and different stimuli presented to the nervous system, we stagnate.   Without intentional skill work and commitment to improvement, we don’t improve.  Training isn’t about maintenance.   It’s about constantly making small changes, assessing, and then adding new challenges and training stressors.   We are not robots. We are thinking tri- humans who need to reflect, learn, succeed, fail, and think!!!

It’s really quite simply summed up in this favorite quote by Jay Dicharry, run gait researcher, former elite triathlete,  and author of Anatomy for Runners. 

“Great athletes don’t rest with who they are; they work on who they can be. ”

Challenge yourself in your training.   If you err towards tri-robot practices, re-boot and reflect; the results will reward you!




Stacey is a former professional triathlete turned full-time elite coach. Certifications include USAT Level I and II. USA Cycling Elite Coach, Levels 1, 2, and 3. USA Track and Field Level I. TRX Instructor Certification.

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