COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- USA Triathlon and the top American multisport coaches and athletes have teamed up to create the first-ever training series presented officially by triathlon's national governing body - "USA Triathlon Training Series." Produced by Endurance Films, the dynamic and comprehensive five-DVD set covers every facet of one of the world's fastest growing sports with the hopes of taking all triathletes to the next level.
Filmed last summer in Colorado Springs and Boulder, Colo., each video in the series tackles a different aspect of triathlon - from getting started in the sport to specific tactics and techniques for swim, bike, run and strength training.
Guiding the viewer through the series is a hand-picked group of coaches and athletes who represent the best of American triathlon talent. This all-star cast of Olympic and national team coaches and athletes will help beginner triathletes excel in the sport.
These videos offer unprecedented, face-to-face instruction from the coaches that mentor top U.S. athletes on a daily basis, bringing the viewer the most current training information from the best in the business.
"Triathletes of all levels will benefit greatly from the same coaching tips and training techniques that help prepare our elite athletes for the world's most prestigious races," said USAT Sport Performance Director Scott Schnitzspahn. "For the first time, USAT has developed a training series that can help all athletes reach untapped potential in both training and racing."
Ironman legend Mark Allen kicks off the series by outlining the fundamentals of triathlon - from choosing a race to equipment to training programs - in the first disc. Disc Two features USA Triathlon resident program swim coach Mike Doane and Olympian Andy Potts demonstrating proper swim technique, drills, open water swimming strategies and more.
From the swim, coach Tim Sheeper tackles the bike with a discussion of the fundamentals of road cycling in Disc Three, and premier Olympic and international running coach Bobby McGee breaks down the mechanics of running to help athletes gain an immediate technical advantage in Disc Four.
"One of the challenges in coaching or participating competitively in triathlon is a unified understanding of each sport as it pertains to the whole," said McGee, who has assisted athletes in each Olympic Games since 1988. "Individual strengths and weaknesses are often subjectively assessed and may cloud how best to optimize your potential. We all understand some part of the sport better than another, and this USAT DVD series represents an exceptionally complete overview of what it takes to achieve success in the sport of triathlon.
"For my part I have focused on running as a skill to be mastered, rather than simply training the physiology. This series will help you be a swimmer, biker and runner, respectively, rather than a triathlete who has an excuse to be mediocre at all three disciplines."
In addition to the featured coaching greats, elite triathletes appearing in the series include several U.S. National Team members, such as Olympians Sarah Haskins and Andy Potts, as well as Matt Chrabot and Sarah Groff.
The five-DVD set is available for purchase online today for $129 at http://www.usatriathlontraining.com/.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon - one of the fastest growing sports in the world - as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 3,100 races and connects with nearly 130,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic Games.
About Endurance Films
Endurance Films is a full-service digital video production company focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance and extreme sports video entertainment. After the debut of its inaugural feature project documenting the formation of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, Endurance Films fast became recognized as the leading producer of sports instructional and training videos specifically catering to the multisport market. With partnerships spanning from professional athletes and coaches to experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production.