Tuesday, 07 July 2015 00:10
By Ryan Turbyfill (usatriathlon.org)
You’ve just finished a race or hard workout — now what? In order for the workout or race to help you improve as an athlete, it requires two ingredients. The first is stress to the body (check, you just did that) and then recovery to create the adaption. A lot of thought, work and pain goes into the stress, but little goes into the recovery.
During exercise, the muscles burn glucose for energy and create lactic acid as a byproduct. Lactic acid is prevalent in the muscles after a hard workout or race. If you stop right after the finish line or sit on the couch after a hard bike, the lactic acid remaining in the muscles has been shown to create delayed onset...
Dialing in That Hydration Thing...
Saturday, 04 July 2015 00:10
By Brooke Schohl (usatriathlon.org)
You’ve seen it before — the overzealous athlete chugging a gallon of water race morning. Is this necessary? Safe? Recommended? In the midst of summer and scorching temperatures, it’s tempting to overdo it with fluids. But be careful! Overhydrating can lead to hyponatremia, when blood sodium levels become diluted. As a result, your body’s water levels rise, and cells begin to swell. As you can guess, this isn’t a good situation.
On the flipside — dehydration is incredibly dangerous as well. Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluids than you take in. Vigorous exercise, especially in hot or humid weather, expedites fluid loss through sweat. This condition can be mild to moderate, or severe. Mild/moderate symptoms include a dry mouth, tiredness, thirst, decreased urine output, dry skin, headache, constipation and dizziness. Severe dehydration takes a more drastic turn with warning signs like little to no urination, extreme...
June 2015 Performance Report Card...
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 07:10
If the MMAs were presented every month during the season, who would win the awards for June 2015? Here are our choices:
JUNIOR OF THE MONTH - Nick Klonne, 18, Rockford - In three starts, Nick was top junior and set AG records each time. At Manitou, he placed 2nd overall and also cracked the Top 10 (9th) at Liberty Half. At Buffalo Olympic, he placed 11th.
Also considered: Eliot Slade, Mitchell Clayton and Alyson Welch.
MASTER OF MONTH: Kevin O'Connor, 44, Medina - KO raced often and awesomely. In five starts he had one outright win (Liberty Olympic), two amateur wins (Pigman Sprint and RochesterFest Olympic - Masters CR), a 2nd (Lake Waconia) and a 4th (Capitol City).
Also considered: Tony Schiller, Sarah Mercer, Cheryl Zitur.
GRAND MASTER OF THE MONTH - Sheri Schrock, 61, Cohasset (photo L) - Sheri WON her AG by a huge margin at the ITU Long Distance World Championships in Motala, Sweden last weekend. For us, this effort gave her an edge over fellow considerees Jan Guenther, Greg Taylor and Deb Roberts....
IronCowboy Riding Into Minnesota...
Saturday, 27 June 2015 00:10
By Christina Meier
James Lawrence, the current Guinness World Record Holder for Most Ironmans Completed in a Year, is taking on a 50-state Challenge this summer that he aptly calls the 50-50-50 Challenge.
His purpose is to bring a national awareness to the ever-growing epidemic of childhood obesity, “We’re the first generation where the parents are slated to outlive their children,” The Iron Cowboy said, “The epidemic is so crazy that I had to do something that equaled its craziness in order for people to pay attention.” He’ll race 50 Ironman-distance triathlons in 50 consecutive days in 50 states to bring awareness and raise funds to fight this epidemic....
Mikey Beat Goldie. Matt Beat Everyone Else...
Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:10
By Matthew Payne (matthew-payne.blogspot.com)
Mikey ran his first race a couple weeks ago. It was a totally non-competitive kids fun run across a parking lot, but hey, we all started somewhere.
Check out his sweet starting line game face (he's the one in the yellow pants)...
I lined up for a few races myself and did pretty well: Gear West Duathlon (2nd), Apple Duathlon (1st) and Duathlon Nationals (1st).
The Pre-Race Jams
You've gotta love a band like Madball. These guys have been putting out the exact same album since the 90's. If you could reach back into 1994 and magically put modern production on their old shit it would sound exactly like the new shit. It's kind of like my tri training... I've been doing basically the same routine for a decade and I somehow keep getting faster. If it ain't broke don't fix it. ...
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