DIETS DON’T WORK (actually, they do…)

It's not often I directly reference a diet article, but this was a simple and obvious: Why do weight-loss programs fail?...which they seem to do quite often. One client [of John Berardi, fitness and diet coach for several Olympic programs, in an ISSA article] tried low-carb, then low-fat, and finally, balanced macronutrient diets with the same result each time; he lost … [Read more...]

5 Keys for Successful Triathletes (How I do/don’t do on that list)

     Being really good at something really tests whether I've got the stuff. It's never a walk in the park....and occasionally it's a bit like whistling past the graveyard. In coaching triathletes, I can honestly only expect from someone no more effort than I'm willing to exert myself. So this great article in Triathlon Magazine by Ben Griffin pretty well lays out the simple … [Read more...]

Dang it! Caught Me Walking!

You never see a guy "walking" for exercise, right? There's a solid reason for that; we're afraid someone will see us [not running]. It's especially true if you're a runner or some kind of endurance nut. I'm sure there are plenty of exceptions and probably people will laugh at me about this but I'm coming clean. Today I had a run workout assigned but I had some sore … [Read more...]

Why Aren’t You Being You? Three Reasons You’re Stuck.

1) There are too many "next steps" and can't decide which one. 2) Part of you is afraid of doing it. 3) You haven't named the actual goal. Here's what I'm trying to get across: things that you WANT to do, or especially ACHIEVE, are the Real You.  That's where the impulse starts.  We get sidetracked (oh yeah, I do too, like everyone else, and have to find my way out) by … [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...]

Why We Watch Sports

There’s a connection to life here; I heard an NPR announcer say “We watch sports because it brings joy to life”. For me, I’m a triathlete probably because the challenge is a basic life force, which is a joy to experience. We no longer have to chase and kill animals to eat or to survive long hours in adverse conditions gathering food for survival, but that part of us in our … [Read more...]

The Winter Virus and Fitness Training

As the Old Guy age grouper I run into my various threshold/crossover/tipping points more quickly than if I was 29 years old.  In a way this is good medicine; it’s like being a canary in a coal mine and I can relay my experiences to younger triathletes who might not have had the experience and it helps me to better train my athletes. The most recent is the famous Christmas … [Read more...]

GET BUSTED FOR BEING “INAUTHENTIC”?

There’s a kind of repulsion I feel when I hear someone talking about being authentic.  It seems to invite a kind of overly sincere and wide-eyed “you-can-trust-what-I’m-saying because I’m so real” response.  Maybe that’s just my reaction for having lived through the “truth decade” of the 70s, which wasn’t really all that much truthiness, when all is said and done. But I’ve … [Read more...]

TRIATHLON LEADS TO PASSION, OVERKILL, AND SUFFERING

The etymology of the word passion comes from Latin pati, meaning to suffer. How appropriate!  The positive aspects of suffering seem to appeal to people when they start training for multisport endurance races.  The importance of suffering, to the new athletes, seems to rank higher than using metrics for performance improvement so we tend to ignore the real science of … [Read more...]

YOU’VE GOT A RACE IN 3 OR 4 WEEKS!

Approaching your race, whether sprint or oly distance, either three or four weeks ahead of the race should be a pretty intense training week; with a ‘taper’ starting not long after that so your muscles are recuperated and ready. I did a bike power test and pushed the daylights out of myself and … [Read more...]