Sitting is the New Smoking

The last couple of years this health headline has been going around; that no matter what else you do, sitting for a certain number of hours per day will do bad things to your overall health. We know that exercise and diet are really important as far as keeping us healthy, but it’s only recently that SITTING has become a big and real health issue.  A number of studies have … [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...]

Run Training Made Simple

I’d read an article by Jason Karp that reminded me that I like to think of three types of run workouts: Slow, Tempo, and Anerobic.  And often self-trained athletes (sometimes even coached athletes) will run these assignments either too slow or too fast.  What difference, you say…?   Well, you can, of course, get ‘better’ by just going out and running but tuning the engine at … [Read more...]

It’s Easier to Say “Just Stand Up”

A Facebook post by a friend about Richard Branson's story is a good reality check for everyone.  Branson's success is based on somthing similar to "not knowing anything about what you're about to do".  He just got an idea and went into it swinging; some of the time it worked.  Not that it worked IMMEDIATELY, but after the on-the-job learning curve the idea pretty … [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...]

TWO WAYS TO MAKE YOUR RACE FASTER

I’ll get right down to it here; there are two training necessities to run, bike, or swim.  OK allright, this is an oversimplification.... but you can go long and slow(er), or short and fast(er) and another thing I'll mention later. Now I know you guys are way over-the-top achievers who stand far above the rest of the crowd as far as pushing yourselves but there’s one thing … [Read more...]

WHAT THEY DON’T TELL YOU ABOUT RUNNING IN THE HEAT

Summer in The South, especially this summer, is a killer for temperature and humidity which puts big stress on the body when outside training.  People in endurance sports like the idea that more suffering when training means a better race, and what better time to suffer than in the heat because THE RACE WILL BE HELD IN THE HEAT!   Right?  Well, kind of…. … [Read more...]