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Weight Loss Mistakes...

apples.pngBy Katie Rhodes (usatriathlon.org)

Athletes hire me for performance nutrition personalization, but then to also lose 10 pounds. My clients and I chuckle because, although this is a weight loss goal generalization, most athletes have pounds they want to shed. For example, a common mindset goes like this, “If I could get down to my race weight from (insert year here), when I dominated (insert race here), I will crush 2017.” I get it. You want to be more efficient by meeting performance and weight loss goals, but you also want to look fantastic in your swimsuit and at the New Year’s Eve party. You work hard; I would want to look fantastic too! However, it is understandably difficult to know how to...

Nordic Skiing: Key to Your Next Tri PR...

NordicSkilow.pngBy A.J. Johnson (triathlete.com)


Winter represents a time for triathletes to take a break from swimming, biking and running, but that doesn’t mean you should sit on the couch. The key is to find a way to build your fitness in alternate ways so you improve physically while not burning out mentally. Luckily, there exists a single sport that can help you build aerobic fitness, aerobic threshold, as well as power and stamina in your legs, core and arms and you can do it outside, typically in beautiful surrounding—it’s called nordic skiing.

Nordic skiing, often referred to as cross country or nordorking, has become the off-season sport of choice for many endurance athletes during the winter months. Nordic skiing is a unique sport in that it gives you an opportunity to make use of your existing endurance in a new and fun way, while also still providing a significant boost to your ability to swim, bike and run. The list of professional triathletes...

Cold Showers Are Good....

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By Lizette Borelli (medicaldaily.com)

 

Most of us have been caught in that skin-cringing, and often dreaded moment of being the last one to shower. If you haven't then chances are that you've had someone walk into the bathroom, and flush the toilet mid-shower, leaving you covered in bone-chilling cold water. In these moments, instead of indulging in a hot luxurious shower, especially during the bitter cold winter months, we find ourselves shivering with discomfort and anger, but this may actually be...

The Things That Light Me Up"...

IM-Canada-EK.pngBy Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

The blog squad (Team Coeur) is switching things up. This week, rather than all writing on the same topic, we went round robin, each of us asking someone else a question to answer on her blog.

My question from Jen:

What was a pivotal moment for you in triathlon/as an athlete and how did it affect/change you from then on?

Ahh, such a tough question, Jen! I thought about it for quite a while – and talked about it with my sister during our road trip home-home. I can’t pinpoint exactly one moment – because it’s instead a few pivotal moments.

The first: my first (and only) open marathon in 2008. I don’t remember why I signed up for Grandma’s Marathon that year, but I did. And, that spring I checked off every single workout on the intermediate training plan I download from the race websbite. From hill sessions to speed work, I ran my way around Alexandria, determined to have a fast race. But, thanks to some unexpected hot + humid weather, a completely naïve me – race nutrition?! What’s that?! – and a serious bonk, I crossed the finish line in 4:49. My dreams: crushed. The takeaways: many – including a belief that with hard work, consistency and determination, I was capable of anything I put my mind to.  READ MORE

Mornings Are All About Rewards...

ted_swim.pngBy Ted Treise (venturetri.com)

It's winter in Minnesota at 5:00AM. The bad news is, is that the temp is somewhere between zero and negative fifty. The good news is, you’re going swimming. As of last September, I’ve been swimming more yards than previously thought possible with the Orca’s Masters Swim Club. Coach Tom Walsh has taken me from being passed like I was a cone on the highway, to my current status of being passed as a Smart Car. The thorny part of this fish club is the start time. We enter the water at a bright and early 5:30AM start time, which means getting up before 5, which means 10PM is a mythical time on the clock in which no human probably ever sees.  Below are my top hacks for making that 5:30 swim time a less zombie like experience.

Setting the Alarm: When setting the early alarm, it’s important to go sometime before 5, even if your mobile training van is HQ’ed in the pools parking lot. This ...

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