Gender Equality in Triathlon...

ruth-hillclimb.gifED. Rochester pro Ruth Brennan Morrey asked us to post this "Open Letter." We happily agreed to do so.

By Witsup.com

Witsup was a platform created with many missions in mind. One of them was to improve gender equality in all facets of triathlon, which is why we are honoured to present this “open letter” generated by a group of passionate women, penned for the Women For Tri Board of Advisors. Two weeks ago we published part one of a four part series by Sara Gross on gender equality in triathlon (see here), and this week we continue the discussion in more depth, kicking off the week with this open letter. Please note some of the digital signatures at the bottom of this letter, including a host of Supportive Dudes as well – get involved.

As the newly-formed “Women for Tri” Board of Advisors sat down for their first meeting last week, a number of concerned citizens of the triathlon community penned a letter to the board members asking them to consider the question of equal slots for female pros at World...

Stuff About Eating at Night...

Gluttony--NEON.gifBy Lauren Antonucci (triathlon.competitor.com)

Q: I am still trying to drop a few pounds before the 2015 tri season officially starts. Should I be following the “no eating after a certain time” rule to help me reach my weight-loss goals more easily?

A: I get this question a lot. In a word, no! Well-meaning, late-training athletes complain of poor recovery, fatigue and lack of motivation for morning workouts. When we dig into their food log, the reason is clear: poor fueling after evening training sessions due to either “fear of eating late” or simply lack of preparation combined with exhaustion.

RELATED: The Benefits Of Eating A Big Breakfast

Eating a post-workout recovery snack and eating a proper dinner are paramount to both productive training and reaching your body weight goals. Here’s what I recommend:

1. Ensure you are fueling adequately all day, not skimping on calories earlier in the day and thus overeating late at night, which can lead to weight gain (or prevent weight loss).

2. Fuel up before all evening workouts with a good, balanced snack, such as half a sandwich, a cup of soup, or yogurt and fruit....

Habit Trumps Hibernation...

marnie-headshot.gifBy Marnie Walth (BismarckTribune.com)

We humans are truly creatures of habit. From the earliest of times, habit and routine has dictated much of what we do each and every day of our lives. Like you, I have good habits and bad. I’m thankful for the good ones and have sworn off the bad ones, effective Jan. 1.

One of my favorite “good” ones hits 5:30 a.m. every Tuesday. For most of my adult life, Tuesday mornings routinely begin with an hour-long run that includes a group of like-minded friends. Like clockwork, we meet each week at the YMCA to explore on foot a different parts of not-yet-awake community. While the town is mostly silent, we are chatty bunch and I have no doubt people hear us coming before they see us....

Pithy Slogans & Dogs in the Bathtub...

dogs-in-tub.gifBy Suzie Fox (suz--news.blogspot.com)

Being in a boot for 6 weeks was the best thing that could have happened to me this off-season. I have had some nagging injuries for the last 2+ years that weren't serious enough to take a lengthy chunk of time off for but they have come and gone over the years, held me back at times & have been frustrating. After returning to running post stress fracture I was out of shape and it felt really hard BUT everything else was healed! Not just my foot but my laundry list of other aches & pains! What a blessing in disguise!

I also needed a mental break and didn't even realize it. Not the burn out mental break, I can honestly say that after 6 years of racing I have never been burnt out mentally, not even close. Not on training, racing, anything, in fact it is quite the opposite. I have to be careful not to over race, over train & I am constantly reining myself in. In the early stages of the stress fracture I was in so much pain I didn't know if I would be able to ever run again or even walk pain free. That...

No Money. No Fun.

fun-button.gifBy Devon Palmer (palmertri.wordpress.com)

As I write about leaving the illustrious ranks of professional triathlon I want to be clear: there were lots of great things about it and I fully appreciate what a privilege the opportunity was. I just want to relate a realistic picture of my experiences the last couple years.

The biggest reason I’m going amateur is the last few seasons as a pro I’ve made no money and had no fun. My first three pro seasons I earned a check in a pro race and made some money at local events. This was important in my mind, obviously professionals should make money. After two mediocre seasons where I hadn’t met my personal standard of earning a check in a pro race I was really questioning remaining pro. Upon further reflection, I realized not only was I not making any money, I wasn’t having any fun. If I’m not making money I should be having fun and enjoying the process. This was not happening. No money, no fun. I couldn’t see any point continuing on that path. There was no joy in it and no incentive....

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