Knowledge Base

Subtopic Filter

All

Rear view of a female swimmer looking into a pool

Athlete Profile: Triathlete Leveling Up to Ironman

Mary is in search of building a big aerobic fitness base for Ironman-distance racing. Ultimately, she has wants to qualify for Kona and she believes Alan Couzens is the coach who can help her make that dream a reality.

Limited content is available to non-members. Please login or join.

Lower half of a female triathlete running their bike through a transition area

Coach Alan Couzens’ Onboarding Process

There’s plenty of information to gather when deciding whether to take on a new athlete. Coach Alan Couzens responds to Mary to learn more about her training history and lifestyle.

Limited content is available to non-members. Please login or join.

Coach Alan Couzens teaches a swimmer

Season Plan for Triathlete Leveling Up to Ironman

Athletes often underestimate the amount of fitness that they lose in tapering for, and recovery from, excessively frequent racing. This is especially true in Mary’s case where she is looking to make a significant jump in training load in order to properly prepare for the Ironman distance.

Limited content is available to non-members. Please login or join.

triathlon coach Alan Couzens in Kona Hawaii with two athletes

Coach Alan Couzens’ Training Terminology

Get a better understanding of how Coach Alan Couzens plans to evolve Mary’s fitness and physiology in order to reach her season goal.

Limited content is available to non-members. Please login or join.

Triathlon Coach Alan Couzens of MAD Scientist Coaching

Coach Alan Couzens

As head coach and founder of MAD Science Coaching, Alan Couzens works primarily with triathletes—amateurs, serious amateurs, and a few pros. More recently, MAD Science Coaching began providing training plans and testing to amateur athletes, leveraging Alan’s experience in the lab, testing pro athletes competing at the highest level of the sport. 

Limited content is available to non-members. Please login or join.

Triathlete before an open-water swim

Athlete Profile: Aspiring Olympic Triathlete

A young, ambitious triathlete with limited race experience reaches out to Coach Andy Kirkland for help in making it to the Olympic Games in 2024.

Limited content is available to non-members. Please login or join.

Graphic of vision, mission, and philosophy intertwined with each other

Performance Plan for an Aspiring Olympian

Dr. Andy Kirkland outlines what it will take for an aspiring young triathlete to go pro, illuminating a biopsychosocial approach to season planning.

Limited content is available to non-members. Please login or join.

photo of cycling Coach Andy Kirkland, Ph.D.

Coach Dr. Andy Kirkland

Andy Kirkland is a Lecturer in sports coaching at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He works with coaches from the grassroots to the highest level of sport on the MSc. Performance Coaching Programme.

Limited content is available to non-members. Please login or join.

Photo of two cyclists before a ride

Athlete Profile: Masters Cyclist Who Wants to Podium

Coach Trevor Connor reflects on his work with a masters cyclist with big hopes for Nationals. Find out more about her athletic history and lifestyle in the lead-up to the racing season.

Limited content is available to non-members. Please login or join.

photo of cyclist in a race

Season Plan for Masters Cyclist Who Wants to Podium

Coach Trevor Connor presents the season plan he created for Cynthia, a female masters athlete based in Colorado. Connor’s plan includes the training detail for the final weeks leading up to Nationals.

Limited content is available to non-members. Please login or join.

Silhouettes of cyclists riding in a group, with one holding their arms overhead

Coach Connor’s Method to Training Recovery

Recovery is at the heart of training adaptation. Without rest the body can’t rebuild and get stronger. This is why recovery is fundamental to how I coach and a focal point for my athletes.

Limited content is available to non-members. Please login or join.

photo of cycling coach Dean Golich with world-champion athletes, Allison Dunlap and Mari Holden

Block Training Plan for an Elite Cyclist

The principles of block training can be applied across endurance sports, whether the athlete is elite or amateur. The biggest difference is that elite or pro athletes have more time to train.

Limited content is available to non-members. Please login or join.