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Jim Vance
1/4/2017
I received this email from an athlete with a common question about what to do if you just don't tend to be a good at testing for FTP, with results that seem to match what your race performances show.Happy New Year Sir,I've recently gotten through Triathlon 2.0 and Run with Power and have found them to be quite helpful. I was familiar with most of the concepts in 2.0 but you provided a lot of additional context that I was missing before. The question, or problem that I have really, is an inability to FTP test well. Over the past few seasons my FTP hasn't risen above 228 (averaged 240 in 20 minute test) but my overall fitness and endur... Read more...
Jim Vance
9/16/2016
Hackers this week have released data on athletes, from Olympic stars to elite cyclists, and more are coming. For clarity purposes, WADA stands for the World Anti-Doping Association. TUE stands for Therapuetic Use Exemption, which means an athlete has filed the proper paperwork with a doctor, to get to use a certain substance, which meets a personal need they have, such as asthma, where an inhaler might be needed. TUE's are the official approval of WADA for the athlete to use the substance, for a given time and for a given need only. These WADA leaks about prominent athletes having TUE's, is simply a smear campaign. Filing for a TUE, and havin... Read more...
Jim Vance
9/13/2016
I was a guest this week on IM Talk, the most popular Ironman Triathlon podcast there is. I was discussing my new book, Run With Power. You can check out the interview here.http://www.imtalk.me/home/2016/9/12/imtalk-episode-533-jim-vance.htmlHave a listen, and let me know your thoughts!Coach Vance Read more...
Jim Vance
6/24/2016
Many of you have been asking, and it is now out and available. Should help many of the international athletes on here who have been waiting. You can find it here: http://amzn.to/28UGzooAnd I am always appreciative of a review on Amazon or other online retailers for the book. I want honest feedback, as the planning for a 2nd version, or a more in-depth sequel will begin soon.Thanks, and good luck!Coach Vance Read more...
Jim Vance
6/22/2016
Tonight, (Tuesday, June 21st, 2016), I watched the US lose to the #1 team in the world, Argentina, in the COPA America Centario Semi-Final, which is one of the most prestigious soccer tournaments in the world. (I know many may say the UEFA Cup is better, but the US can't play in that, since they are not in Europe.) Tonight the US lost 0-4, to a team which was flat out better than they were. There is no shame in losing to a team that's better than you. But it is an opportunity to review.As the game went on and I was frustrated to watch as a fan, I realized so many of the feelings and things I was saying out loud at the TV were things I see in ... Read more...
Jim Vance
5/25/2016
If you've picked up my new book, Run With Power, or are using a power meter for your run training, and are looking to use it with TrainingPeaks, I have run power-based training plans now available in TrainingPeaks. These plans are from the book, and are in Appendix B, so they are available there, but if you'd like them pre-loaded into your TrainingPeaks account, this offers you the chance to do that.The current plans are all 14 weeks long, and are for the specific phase, where the workouts are designed to simulate the demands of the race, not a base training phase. The plans are:Sub 16 min 5KSub 18 min 5KSub 32 min 10KSub 40 min 10KS... Read more...
Jim Vance
5/24/2016
If you've picked up Run With Power, or been listening to me on podcasts, you know that speed per watt is the key metric for running power meters, or what I call, Efficiency Index, or EI for short. Chapter 5 in the book is devoted to this topic entirely, and I discuss how a rolling 30 second average of your speed per watt in a race or workout can give you a good idea of how efficiently you're running, or the speed you're getting for the watts you're producing.In this technology age, we can create these metrics to monitor during a run on our watches or head units, and I have a couple of fans of the book who created the Rolling EI for Garmin and... Read more...
Jim Vance
5/6/2016
Here's an article from Competitor on power meters for running, (written by Brian Metzler), which I contributed quotes for.Since the 1950s, distance runners have trained by following structured programs and workouts backed by physiological testing and years and years of positive results.Beginning in the late 1980s, heart-rate monitors added a new dimension to training, allowing for the advent of workouts based on specific heart-rate zones. Both methods have helped runners and triathletes of all levels improve their performance. By the early 2000s, GPS-enabled smartwatches made it easy to monitor pac... Read more...
Jim Vance
5/4/2016
If you're interested in running power meters, there are some great limited time offers from the two power meters on the market, Stryd and RPM2, which come with FREE copies of my book, Run With Power, to help you get started on understanding how to use the tools.RPM2 is offering $100 off their insole power meter, and an autographed copy of Run With Power. You can get the details here.Stryd is offering a free copy of Run With Power with the purchase of one of their power meters, or packages. You can get the details at: https://store.stryd.com/Keep following my blog to find out more and learn more about using power meters for running, a... Read more...
Jim Vance
4/28/2016
I was recently invited to be a guest on another top triathlon podcast, Triathlete Training Podcast, conducted by Eric Schwartz. Eric does great work, and it was a great conversation, from my swim coaching to the books I am releasing this year, and a few laughs even!You can listen to the podcast here: You can also download the interview from the site:http://triathletetraining.com/tt072-triathlon-2-0-data-driven-performance-training-wjim-vance/If you read this blog, I know you'll love Triathlon 2.0 - Data Driven Performance Training, as it takes what I talk about on here to another level, and completes the picture. As of the date of this post, ... Read more...
Jim Vance
4/26/2016
I had the privilege of being on another one of the top Ironman podcasts, IM Talk, which is based out of New Zealand. The topic was my new book, Triathlon 2.0, but we also just dipped into Run With Power, which they discussed having me come back on the show to chat about in the future as well.If you're a long course triathlete, this is a podcast you certainly know. They are on episode 513!Thanks and enjoy! The interview starts at about 44:00.http://www.imtalk.me/home/2016/4/25/imtalk-episode-513-jim-vance.htmlCoach Vance Read more...
Jim Vance
4/24/2016
This post comes from the website from my new book, Run With Power. 14 Ways a Power Meter Can Make You a Faster RunnerAPRIL 20, 2016 / DAVETRENDLERAdapted with permission of VeloPress from RUN WITH POWER by Jim Vance. Media may republish this article without prior permission in its entirety (2,056 words) including the book cover image and a link to this website. Contact VeloPress with questions or for additional content.Do you have high goals?Are you trying to qualify for an event or place high at a certain race?Perhaps you simply want to run a faster tim... Read more...
Jim Vance
3/17/2016
Many people ask me what power meter they should get. That depends on a number of factors, including budget, but also transferability, ease of installation, and user friendliness.Probably the best new power meter on the market, in my opinion, is the new Power Tap Pedal power meter.These pedals are very user friendly in the install, and also provide the ability to swap from bike to bike, as well as come from a company which has been doing power meters for a long time!You can find the pedals here:http://amzn.to/1LrZGoUI must state, I am NOT sponsored or endorsed by PowerTap in any manner. I simply use their products.If you're using these pedals,... Read more...
Jim Vance
2/18/2016
I attended the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles, this past Saturday. It was an incredible event, and as much as I have been critical of USATF in the past, this is one event they do very well, and do it right. They are to be commended on their venue, sponsors, course, and coverage via TV, internet and media.As I watched the event, and especially post-race, there were some things which really stood out to me that every athlete should take away, whether racing at the Olympic Trials, or simply going after a PR or some other major goal for themselves personally.Watching the race on TV, or just reviewing it through the media, you'd think i... Read more...
Jim Vance
2/17/2016
Bob Babbitt this past weekend invited me to go on his radio show live and discuss a number of topics, from my new books, Triathlon 2.0 and Run With Power, to Triathlon at the Olympic Games, high school development of runners and triathletes, as well as USAT's approach to athlete development. Take a listen, as I think if any of these topics interest you, you'll enjoy the show.http://www.babbittville.com/babbittville-radio/jim-vance-triathlon-2-0/Coach Vance Read more...
Jim Vance
2/15/2016
A few years ago, I asked myself, "Just what type of rider has it historically taken to be a top level long course triathlete?" When I sat down to find the answer, it lead me on a journey that ultimately lead to writing the book, Triathlon 2.0: Data Driven Performance Training. The goal was to see what the data says the performance requirements are to be at the highest level. This eventually led me to wondering what the different levels of performance requirements were for different genders, ages and goals, thus the book.The elites I gathered information on, I wanted to know what their FTP was on the bike, (bFTP), and what their w/kg @ FTP was... Read more...
Jim Vance
2/14/2016
In a continued theme of sharing my opinion on controversial topics of endurance sports, I will share my thoughts after attending The US Olympic Marathon Trials at Los Angeles this past weekend.If you have read my blog recently, you know my feelings on *Ryan Hall. I understand and appreciate the commitment to performance at the highest level of sport. But once you cross into an area where you are trying to find loopholes in the doping regulations, you are becoming a doper yourself. If you can't sustain a level of training without medication designed solely and specifically to help you sustain it, you're cheating. It's doping.&nbsp... Read more...
Jim Vance
2/12/2016
If you're looking to learn more about running power meters, the boys from TrainingBible Coaching, Scott and Adam, had me on their show to discuss the new book coming out in May on this new technology. You can listen to it here:Title: Part 3 Running Power Metershttp://trainingbible.libsyn.comIt was a great interview, where I begin to explain some of the cool features, as well as complexities of this new technology. The book will help answer more questions in depth, in terms of the application of how to use your running power meter to train more effectively. I even discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different products out there cur... Read more...
Jim Vance
2/10/2016
I am happy to announce that a book I have been working on for almost 4 years has finally come to fruition. Triathlon 2.0 - Data Driven Performance Training is a book for those athletes who want to use numbers, data and technology to maximize performance. If you use a power meter for cycling, and a GPS for running, this will help you maximize it.The idea of this book is not to be a numbers drone, training without creativity. In fact, it's the exact opposite. This book is about identifying what metrics are most important to you, as an individual athlete, based on your strengths and weaknesses, and then following those metrics to see how you are... Read more...
Jim Vance
1/21/2016
One of the things I have tried in the past to stay away from have been controversial topics and opinions, but I think the time has come where that needs to change. I will now occasionally use this blog to share opinions on things, because I need to be honest with athletes if I am truly a figurehead in the endurance sports world. Which leads me to the first topic....Ryan Hall announced his retirement this week. At 33 years of age, a number of injuries and other setbacks, it seems we've all been a bit bummed that he couldn't return to the form he showed at Boston in 2011, and London in 2008, where he broke 2:07 at both. Boston... Read more...
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