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Combining 3 Professions: Athlete, Psychologist, Parent...

kids-playing.gifBy Ruth Brennan Morrey (ruthbrennanmorrey.com)

Mental health has received significant national attention in the past two weeks with the passing of Robin Williams and his longstanding battle with depression. A PhD in psychology has certainly prepared me well to work with patients who are living with a large spectrum of psychological disorders while providing adequate education and utilizing empirically validated treatments for improved outcome. Ironically, however, I always feel somewhat ill equipped to discuss the difficult topic of suicide and...

PVC & Therapy Balls...

alltools.gifFormer Recovery Secrets....

By Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

As triathletes our bodies take a beating day after day. The thought of using recovery to get faster is probably at the back of our minds. I personally have never been fond of days off, “recovery” days, “tapering” or resting. Unfortunately if you don’t take care of your body eventually it will break down and which may lead to injury.

Even with rest and recovery we’re still pretty hard on our bodies. Here are some ‘tools’ I use (or have tried) to help promote recovery and healing to be as fresh as possible for my next training session.

1. PVC pipe – This has been my best friend since recovering from stress fractures in 2007. I roll out on a 3 inch PVC pipe following every run and ride.   Rolling on a PVC pipe is pretty intense if you’re not used to it, a four inch PVC pipe is a little...

Accommodations For Superior Man Attendees...

duluth-mn.gif - An important message from Mike Ward, Superior Man's Communications Director:

If you haven't reserved a hotel for Superior Man weekend, you are still in luck. There are a few hotels in the area that have available rooms for Saturday night. Hotels in Duluth require a two-night minimum. If you do a third party hotel search (i.e. Expedia, hotels.com, etc....), you may not find rooms! Contact these hotels below directly: ....

Mid Season Ups & Opportunities...

ruth-beach.gifBy Ruth Brennan Morrey (ruthbrennanmorrey.com)

After a week of recovery and relaxation from my Kansas 70.3 win in June, my brain’s reward center was begging for more, and my sights turned to Racine 70.3 on July 20th. Not only would six weeks be perfect timing to build for another great race, it would also give Mark and I time to journey down to spectate the world’s best sporting event in Brazil—we were off to the World Cup!

Good connections and now great Brazilian friend, Nivaldo, spoiled us rotten and we had the time of our lives in Salvador, Brazil. Nivaldo is the type of guy with thoughtful intentions, a kind heart, and exceptional follow-through. We were thankful for that! In fact, he knew I was in mid-season so he even arranged for me to borrow a bike—it wasn’t my Cervelo P5 with Hed wheels but it HAD two wheels and the commuter bike...

Five Phases of Swim Training...

sea-hiker-training-squad.gifProfessional triathlete and swim coach Sara McLarty explains why it’s important to vary your training throughout the year.

By Sara McLarty (triathlon.competitor.com)

Are your swim splits always the same? Perhaps it’s because your swim training is always the same. Swim practice should change multiple times during the year. There are five phases of swim training: endurance, strength, speed, taper and recovery. For the best results on race day, spend some time focusing on each phase.

How much time is a question that can only be answered on an individual basis and must also consider the triathlete’s ability level and the competition’s distance. A year-round..

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