Jim Vance Coaching Blog

The Time is NOW - A call to action

The time has come for me to start coaching an elite athlete training group in San Diego. The time for you, as an up-and-coming elite athlete, or as an established elite looking for the next breakthrough, is NOW. This is your call to action. This group will focus on elite runners and triathletes who want to make the Olympics, or triathletes who want to wi...

Poor FTP testing?

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 th...

WADA and TUE Leaks

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 ...

Guest on IM Talk - Run With Power

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.html Have a listen, and let me know your thoughts! Coach Vance

Run With Power E-Book Now Available

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/28UGzoo And 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-dept...

What a triathlete can learn from US Soccer in Copa America?

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 wa...

Run Power Based Training Plans Now Available on TrainingPeaks

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 yo...

Efficiency Index Apps - Garmin & Suunto

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...

Article from Competitor on Power for Running

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 m...

Free Copies of Run With Power with Power Meter Purchases

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. Y...

Interview on Triathlete Training Podcast

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:...

IM Talk Podcast - Triathlon 2.0

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 certain...

Reasons to Get a Power Meter for Running

This post comes from the website from my new book, Run With Power.  14 Ways a Power Meter Can Make You a Faster Runner APRIL 20, 2016  /  DAVETRENDLER Adapted with permission of VeloPress from  RUN WITH POWER  by Jim Vance. Media may republish this article without prior p...

The Best New Cycling Power Meter

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 th...

Observations and Experiences at 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials

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 po...

Babbittville Radio Interview - Triathlon 2.0

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, ...

W/kg at FTP of Elite Ironman Triathletes

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...

W/kg at FTP of Elite Ironman Triathletes

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 a...

Opinion: I Can't Celebrate Galen Rupp's Win at US Olympic Marathon Trials

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...

TBC Podcast on Running Power Meters

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 Meters http://trainingbible.libsyn.com It was a great interview, where I begin to explain some of th...