[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1520434880246{margin-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][mk_image src=”http://www.toddmiddlebrooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/tridotlogo.png” image_size=”medium” link=”https://www.tridot.com” pxs=”false” pxs_x=”0″ pxs_y=”0″ pxs_z=”0″][mk_padding_divider size=”20″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1520435722404{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]It’s been a little over a month since I began triathlon training with TriDot. Entering my third year of triathlon, I was looking to shake up my training once again. My first season of triathlon (consisting of two sprint races) I did my best to figure everything out on my own. It was rough, but it was a start and I was hooked. When I signed up for Ironman Chattanooga 70.3 for 2017 I knew I would need a coach to guide me through training for three different disciplines all at once. After Chattanooga 70.3 I transitioned to a group team that was focused more on self-coaching. This was not a bad model at all and the resources available to learn from were pretty vast. However, I felt overloaded and like I needed timely information and communication from my coach. That led me to researching coaching options for the 2018 season. I interviewed several coaches, but ultimately kept coming back to TriDot.

I capture a lot of data points during my training – power, pace, heart rate, cadence, etc, etc. I hadn’t learned how to best analyze the data in order to learn from my training or to modify future training for improvement. I was also tired of training from a template and felt like I would benefit from a more custom plan. Enter TriDot.

TriDot uses big data and artificial intelligence to “optimize” your training delivering 3x more training benefit than other training options in up to 25% less training time and with significantly lower injury risk. – Tridot.com

According to TriDot over 11,000 data points are used to create custom training plans for each athlete based on their current performance level and the races planned for a season. This fascinated me and I was definitely interested in learning more. Each fall/winter TriDot launches a Pre-Season Project (PSP), where access to their platform is provided for two months free of charge and with no obligation. This provides athletes with taste of what TriDot is like and gives TriDot additional data to analyze for their platform. I signed up for the 2018 PSP, was provided access and immediately began trying their workouts. I really liked the way their workouts are presented and how additional resources including detailed explanations and/or video demonstrations were provided right on the workout for that day. TriDot TrainX ScoreIn addition, a “TrainX” score is assigned after each workout is completed, providing instant feedback on your performance. After a few weeks on their system I had all but decided to sign up. But what about a coach?

Another great thing about TriDot is that they have a premium coaching option.  From what I could tell, this would give me the best of both worlds – a customized training created and updated based on my data and the flexibility, support, accountability and additional resources that a one on one coach can provide. I setup calls with a few of the TriDot coaches and quickly realized when I had found the right one. That’s when I committed to TriDot and being coached by Bryan Kreitz.

So, here I am a little over a month into my TriDot training. How are things going? My overall training intensity is down. I have decreased the amount of time I’m training in each discipline. I feel more rested than I did on my previous training plan. Sounds like my progress has slowed down right? Strangely enough, the opposite is true. I have seen improvement in all three disciplines. I took 41 seconds off of my raw 400 yard swim assessment. I increased my FTP (functional threshold power) by 21 watts on the bike. Lastly, my 5K time improved by 11 seconds and set an all time PR. I was concerned about the training duration and intensity, but the test numbers tell the story. The TriDot system works!

For the past several months, I’ve also been tracking my heart rate variability. I use the HRV4Training app, which also integrates with TrainingPeaks to combine heart rate variability and training data to provide great insight. Below are some screenshots from the app showing how my fitness has changed since starting TriDot – my body is coping better with the training and I’m at a lower risk for injury, all while becoming faster and stronger than ever before![/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”10″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1520434511455-83d77809-d8e8-2″ include=”6577,6578″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1520434653914{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]I highly recommend TriDot for triathlon training. It’s a little different methodology from “traditional” training, but it works. I’m looking forward to the 2018 season and hopefully a lot of PRs![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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