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Nicholas "Tri-Clyde" Sikes

  • To Be or Not To Be... Coached?

    by Nicholas "Tri-Clyde" Sikes

    To Be or Not To BeTo be, or not to be... coached?
    That is the question... many athletes struggle with.

    Discussions around coaching seem to span a wide spectrum of emotions. With more and more resources online, the arguments for and against paying for a coach become less about needing expertise and more about needing customization. This is an argument I have been having with myself for the last three years and it is coming to the forefront as I contemplate my 2014 goals.

    Maybe you are having the same thoughts?

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  • Beginner Triathlete Gift Wish List

    by Nicholas “Tri-Clyde” Sikes

    Beginner Triathlete Gift Wish ListWith Christmas coming, I felt it time to post some of my “must haves” for newcomers to triathlon and cycling. The intent is offer ideas and suggestions with a max price of $100 that are great Christmas gifts for you or your loved ones (or that strange dude down the street that shaves his legs to go “faster”).

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  • Running Comfort: Fact or Fiction?

    by Nicholas “Tri-Clyde” Sikes

    Running ComfortFinding comfort when running and riding my bike has been a long journey—a journey that isn’t complete and where I learn something new every time I am out.

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  • High Quality Bike Shorts Are the Best Investment

    by Nicholas "Tri-Clyde" Sikes

    High Quality Bike ShortsPlease welcome Nicholas Sikes to our blog. He is a central Iowa amateur triathlete who races in the Clydesdale division. He will be writing regularly on the clothing and gear most important to those who are starting out in the sport. His articles will include, but won’t be limited to, the experiences of larger athletes. This month, find out how he learned about the benefits of high quality bike shorts.

    I am not sure what drives most people to become triathletes. For me it was the fact that I have always been heavy (especially following grad school) and, when trying to keep up with my 3-year-old daughter, I realized I needed to set a much better example for her.

    I liked biking, abhorred running, and hadn’t swum a lap in over a decade, so I figured triathlon could be a sport that challenged me to train consistently instead of just using short bouts of raw strength. I have always been strong, but I knew something must change when I would run out of breath after only two flights of stairs.

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