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Triathlon Taren on Heart Rate Training for Running, Cycling and Swimming

By April 3, 2020May 20th, 20232 Comments

People train too hard on their easy days and not hard enough on their hard days.” – Triathlon Taren

Taren Gesell aka Triathlon Taren (IG|YouTube) is an All-World Ironman triathlete, IRONMAN U Certified Coach and ISSA Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition.

In this new episode of The Extramilest Show, Triathlon Taren gives us an honest and entertaining account of his beginnings, having an apparently typical Curler’s lifestyle, through the trials which led him to compete in sprint, Olympic and half-Ironman races and to help many amateur triathletes with healthy lifestyle and triathlon training tips.

We discuss heart rate training for triathletes, power meters for running and cycling, a periodized training approach, MAF training, low-ish carb nutritional approach and much more.

This episode is brought to you by PATH projects running apparel. My go to running gear is the Graves PX 7″ shorts, paired with the Tahoe 5″ baseliners and Cascade Shirt. More info at PATHprojects.com

Hope you enjoy this conversation with Triathlon Taren!

What was your favorite quote or takeaway from this episode? I would love to hear from you in the comments on YouTube.

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Taren also has a heart rate training calculator that you can download for free here.

Links and tools mentioned:

Show notes:

  • From No-Triathlon Taren to Triathlon Taren! [5:15]
  • First race experience [7:50]
  • The road to improvement, training with more intent [9:36]
  • Polarized training method / Taren’s three lives of training [11:50]
  • Right heart rate training zones for Triathletes [14:50]
  • Integrating low heart rate training with swimming [18:30]
  • Switching to a Periodized training approach [20:25]
  • Slowing down – a big blow to the ego? [24:35]
  • Managing overall level of physical stress [27:10]
  • Taren on Dr Dan Plews and heart rate variability [28:30]
  • Use of tools [31:35]
  • Impact of sleep and other factors on heart rate variability [32:55]
  • Power meters for running as an additional source of data [35:10]
  • Measuring performance data as a guide to workouts [37:40]
  • Nutritional approach / carbs and fat: source and appropriation [38:45]
  • Commonalities is training mistakes [43:40]
  • Team Trainiac [44:30]
  • Dividing time / doing fewer things, but the right things [48:10]
  • Journal as a tool [50:05]
  • Running Foundations.. works in the pipeline [52:00]
  • Train at a lower heart rate – chill out and you’ll have a much better time [53:30]

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  • James says:


    A quick question that I am sure you have addressed multiple times.

    I got back into running in Dec or January of this year. My long run is about 10 miles on the weekend at this point. I took Danny Dryer’s workshop in early Feb which helped with form etc for the Chi Running.

    I was a 10k kind of runner 20 years ago, and managed to hit a PR of about 36 minutes, Training was based on Galloway’s run-walk. Foot injury (Morton’s Neuroma) finally put a stop to that and just recently got back into training at 61 yo.

    The MAF rate for 61 is 119….super low, even now I hit that practically standing up. Is there a modification or a different number i can use and not end up walking at .1 mile/hour?

    Thanks for any insigt

  • Silva says:

    James. I’m 70 and am experiencing the same predicament.
    It seems that the MAF formula is fine until about 55 years old. So the compromise that is working for me is to apply my physical age to the formula instead of my chronological age.
    I found a website where I punched in a few details about my lifestyle and it produced an age; my physical age.
    I hope this solution works for you.
    Silva Pacer

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