USA Triathlon offers several educational opportunities for coaches, race directors and officials. Select from the courses below.

If they aren’t already known as such, VO2 max, lactate threshold, and exercise economy should be known as “The Big Three” because of the key role each plays in determining endurance performance. But which is most important and how can we train to improve them? This webinar will serve to describe each of the three measures, give different ways to train each, and detail which is most important for endurance performance (the answer may surprise you!).  Todd Buckingham Todd Buckingham is a 4th year Exercise Physiology PhD candidate at Michigan State University where he teaches undergraduate kinesiology courses and serves as the Human Energy Research Lab Coordinator. Todd is currently working on his dissertation to model and predict triathlon performance. He has authored and co-authored published scientific abstracts and presented his research at regional and national conferences. Todd is also an avid endurance athlete, competing in marathons (personal best of 2:28), triathlons, and the Warrior Dash race series. Read More

This webinar will cover swim training for the athlete who is not just concerned with finishing the swim, but the athlete who is poised to swim much faster. Barb’s philosophy on swim training marries her experience as a swimming Olympic trials finalist and club/HS swim coach with her experience as an elite triathlete and triathlon coach. She will describe eight different types of workouts and how they fit into three phases of training, as well as how to create a progressive overload for the athlete. Barb Lindquist Barb Metz Lindquist began swimming in her hometown of Casper, Wyoming. She became one of the Wyoming’s best swimmers and was recruited to swim at Stanford University, where she was a member of the 1989 NCAA Championship Team. After graduating from Stanford with a B.A. in Human Biology in 1991, she retired from swimming and moved to Jackson, Wyoming. Barb enjoyed her freedom from school and swimming by playing-- trail running, cycling, telemark skiing, and Nordic skiing-- in God’s great outdoors. After she began coaching the local swim team and high school swim teams, she started to dabble in triathlon. On a local cycling club ride she met her future husband Loren Lindquist. On their first date Loren watched Barb compete in a triathlon and he saw the potential for Barb to turn professional, as well as the potential for Barb to be his wife. Barb began her professional career in 1996, on their honeymoon, with Loren as coach and manager. Team Lindquist was born. Barb Lindquist’s triathlon career highlights her consistency, perseverance, and excellence. Of her 134 pro career starts, she won 33 races (25%), stood on the podium 86 times (64%), and had 114 top 10 finishes (85%) covering all distances from sprint to Ironman, specializing in the Olympic distance. She was a member of the USA Triathlon World Championship Team for 10 straight years with her best finish being a silver medal in 2002 at Cancun, Mexico. The pinnacle of her career was representing the USA in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and in 2010 receiving the honor of being inducted into the USAT Hall of Fame. Lindquist made it to the top of the sport by dedication to hard work, an easy-going spirit, and insights from husband and coach, Loren. Her "off the front" racing style and her ability to leave it all out on the course gained her the respect of her competitors and admiration of fans around the world. Barb's passion to the sport is balanced by her Christian faith and joy of life in her home state of Wyoming. Barb loves to tell people, "I have the best office in the world." After retiring from racing in 2005, she began to coach triathletes, to inspire others by sharing her story through public speaking, and to work part-time for USA Triathlon. Barb is a USAT Level II Certified Coach. For USAT run the Collegiate Recruitment Program where she identifies talent from the NCAA swimming and running programs in order to talent ID for the Olympic pipeline. Barb and Loren live in Alta, Wyoming with their 9 year old twin boys, instilling in them the joys of the outdoor life which includes swimming, biking, running, and skiing. Read More

This webinar will cover the unique demands of draft legal (DL) racing in the swim, bike, run and both transitions. The differences range from subtle to major and must be understood to put together a proper training program to meet those demands. The key points you will take away from this webinar are: Swim training and pacing Bike training, pacing and tactics Run training, pacing and tactics Transition tips  Race analysis and stately critique This webinar was recorded August 2012.  Ryan Riell Ryan is the Head Coach of Break Through Multisport and is recognized as a fitness and nutrition expert. Ryan holds two master’s degrees (Exercise Physiology: Biomechanics and Organic Chemistry: Biology) and has attended the USA Triathlon Elite Coach Mentorship Program. Read More

Stress comes in many different forms; training and racing are the ones we think of first, but work and life stress also impact our athletes. Race day anxiety can result in performances that are well below what we expect from the training our athletes have completed. This webinar will provide an overview of physiological responses to stress, with examples of how stress responses impact skill performance, training, and racing. We’ll look at a variety of scenarios and discuss specific actions we, as coaches, can take to teach our athletes to better cope. Susan Sotir Susan is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach and has served as a swim specialist at the USA Triathlon Junior Elite Specialty Camp, the USA Triathlon Northeast Regional Development Camp, and The Northeast Collegiate Draft Legal Triathlon Camp. Susan has a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology and is an Assistant Professor in the Exercise Science and Sport Studies department at Springfield College. Her research examines the effects of instruction on skill learning and the physiological and psychological effects of performance associated stressors.  Read More

This webinar specifically addresses: Components of the Female Athlete Triad Warning signs/symptoms of the Female Athlete Triad Dangers, prevention and treatment for symptoms of the Female Athlete Triad   Abby Ruby Ph.D.​ Abby is a Senior Coach for Carmichael Training Systems and a USAT Level II Certified Coach. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and is a certified athletic trainer, sports nutritionist and yoga instructor. In addition to working at Carmichael, she writes, teaches, coaches and races triathlon and ultra marathons. Read More

Creating an efficient swimming stroke is a complicated process. It involves not only good form and mechanics but also the understanding of how the body physically moves through the water, how stroke rate and distance per stroke should be taken into consideration, and also determining what training prescription should be applied to develop the energy system in need as well as support the dominant energy system.  Dave Burgess Dave is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach, U.S. Masters Swimming Coach, ASCA / USA Swimming Level 3 Coach, and he holds a certificate in sports and performance nutrition. As the founder and head coach of Podium Training Systems, Dave works with athletes of all levels, from first-time competitors to elite-level athletes, competing in all race distances. He is also a mentor coach for the USA Triathlon mentor program. Learn more at podiumtraining.com. Read More

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