From the late 20s on, you will lose about 1% of that part of the brain that is key to memory and certain types of learning. One of the easiest ways to get smarter is to go for a walk or a swim, according to a number of studies just recently. In fact, exercise seems to keep the brain from shrinking and to help its neurons to function better than 'thinking' does. I have as much … [Read more...]

Coach For The Unexpected Because Oh-Oh.

I have a friend who meditates and visualizes his whole day in the morning.   I do the same thing before a race….the day before and in the morning just before it starts.  The brain is quite capable of creating a nice flow and even can fill in the blank spaces that will show up unannounced beforehand so the day will seem to progress rather smoothly. Then comes those times … [Read more...]

One Thing That Improved My Run Speed

I saw this article about run speed, aging, and muscle reactions in the New York Times. What do they know about this stuff, anyway? I want to run faster so I jumped into the article. Ok; summary. A NIH publication in the '80s lead to a study at Wake Forest and US Army regarding aging, muscle kinetics, running, and strength. Using runners from their '20s up through the late … [Read more...]

Pickle Juice: The Pain and The Brain

It reduces CRAMPS in 15 seconds.  That's it. Period. Unless it doesn't.   Picture from is a reminder of how muscle cramps feel.   Been there, right? This whole pickle juice thing is old news to some but here's the story anyway. … [Read more...]

Improving My Open Water Swim Training

Make your open water swim easier, make it better. You need to have a PLAN when you do your open water swim training. Too often I just get in, swim a kind of "long time", planless and clueless, and then get out of the water. I do this because usually I follow my coach's highly structured pool workout, which, … [Read more...]

Everyone is Afraid (of getting hurt)

  OK, lets look at this a bit differently, then.  Ready?....Dwell on this for twenty seconds: You always itch somewhere.   (waiting) it?  Sorry to make you aware of your itches but it was necessary to get on with the subject on hand. Now about this Afraid’s always there a little bit; anxiety floating around in your sub-conscious.  It's not a … [Read more...]

Avoid Knee Injury; Proper Bike Pedalling

This simple video demonstration of how varying your pedal speed can affect your overall performance on the bike. There is a sort of "best" pedal rotation speed that won't hurt your knees (on the low pedal speed end) or make more work for your cardio system at the high pedal speed end.  Shifting gears to maintain the magic number of 85 pedal rotations per … [Read more...]

Corporate-Speak is Good For Muscles and Brains

Corporate speak: "multiplex your issues to create a sequential effort". What!!?? It's TERRIBLE in marketing; it's terrible for boardroom because it enables fearful people to avoid speaking the truth.   This picture, from "The Relationship Economy" only leaves out that it is actually useful: in Training! .... and it applies to the Body as well as the Brain as I will … [Read more...]

Five Cardinal Mental Skills to Winning

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) advocates a mental skills model, the "emergence of mind-body practice .... into a holistic conceptualization of health and well-being".  This approach to Sport Psychology is more than a mental construct, but rather an integrated approach to higher goals in everything from diet through exercise through greater achievement in sports … [Read more...]

We Have an Auxiliary Heart? Who Knew?

I didn't know I had an Auxiliary Powerful Pump working for me besides my heart. Thanks for the info, Jack!!   Good thing I've been keeping it in good shape, thanks to Holly, MY coach!! DrJack Barnathan (the muscles man), is completely engaging and teaches how muscles work, what 'fitness' really means, and how your life changes when you understand your own body.  Here is an … [Read more...]