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Hokas, Tart Cherries & Jumping For Joy...

erin-leap.gifED. We think that every triathlete should be like Erin Klegstad. She's a gusto-grabbing life embracer, as her awesome blog clearly instantiates.

By Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

Here’s what’s been up in April… along with longer + brighter days, the light fog that’s hung around me for a big chunk of the past couple years has started to lift, finally.

Excited about

Representing HOKA ONE ONE as a flyer ambassador! In 2014, coming off a stress fracture and on coach’s recommendation, I (reluctantly) bought my first pair of Hokas. I thought they looked ridiculous and a bit too moon boot-y, but then I ran in them – and, have been running in them ever since. Nine pairs of Cliftons (and one pair of Conquests) later, I’m pumped to be representing a shoe I love that’s changed my running and allowed me to run some crazy mileage injury-free!  ....

Stuff About Compartment Syndrome...

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By Dr. Michael Williams

Compartment syndrome is a condition that usually effects either the lower leg or the forearm. These areas of the body are broken up into compartments by fascia and each compartment contains, muscles, nerves, and arteries. Compartment syndrome occurs when the pressure inside one of these compartments rises and causes symptoms, inadequate blood flow, or nerve compression. Compartment syndrome can be broken up into two different types: acute and chronic.

Acute Compartment Syndrome is a sudden and dramatic increase in the pressure of a compartment. This usually results from a crushing trauma, a burn injury, prolonged over-tight...

Freaking Out Isn't Good....

rt0116_brainpain_2080.gifBy Ashley Rodriguez (runnersworld.com/psychology)

In July, Jordan Hasay plans to head to Eugene, Oregon, for the 2016 Olympic Trials. It should be a sweet moment for the 24-year-old distance runner who, just last summer, was forced to withdraw from the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships because of a case of plantar fasciitis, making her ineligible to compete at the IAAF World Championships.

She and coach Alberto Salazar had to make a difficult decision, as they faced the young athlete’s first injury during an otherwise smooth career. And Hasay, like many runners who have had to deal with...

Dealing With Pain...

piker.gifATTENTION: Great racing at Falls Duathlon this morning. Several records were rewritten. Story and photos on Monday.  RESULTS

By Carrie Cheadle (triathlon.competitor.com)

Pain. Suffering. Misery.

As an endurance athlete, you’re going to encounter pain. You’re also expected to be able to tolerate and manage that pain. Even love it. The experience of pain is a complex combination of physiological and psychological factors. It is both a sensory and an emotional experience and some of us deal with it better than others.

If you haven’t put in the hours (not trained) and you don’t feel prepared for your race (not confident), you are going to suffer. It is going to hurt no matter how mentally tough you are. That being said, your ability to tolerate the pain of exertion is as much mental as it is physical....

Passing the Taco Test...

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By Brad Mitchell (obsessivetripulsive.weebly.com)

I felt like I had a big mental breakthrough tonight on my bike ride. I worked until mid-afternoon then headed to the pool and did my 3300 yard workout. The kids got off the bus and we did the snack/homework/play thing. Today's (Tuesday) bike training was by far the longest mid-week bike workout I have done since I starting in triathlon. It appears that is the beginning of the long course beast!  It was a simple ride to follow - 2 hours at 190-200 watts, which for me right now is not exactly lolly-gagging it. Last year I'm pretty sure I did not average 200 watts for any of the many short-course races I did and those rides were over with in about 37 minutes....

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