Offseason Edge Keeping...
Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:10
By Jay Zacharias
The goal is to have fun during the offseason without losing too much of that hard-earned fitness. The secret is to direct your focus from being a triathlete to becoming a better athlete.
Think about it this way. Excellence in short and long-course triathlon requires full body athleticism — a combination of aerobic capacity, muscle strength, mechanical efficiency and coordination.
Most of us spend the majority of our training time building aerobic capacity and that's a good thing. Let's face it, if you can't cover the race distance nothing else matters....
Winter Bike Trainer Stuff...
Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:10
By Bethany Rutledge (triathlon.competitor.com)
If you have the discipline to ride the trainer this winter, then it’s safe to say you want to make the most of time invested. You’ve probably heard a friend brag about watching multiple movies during epic spins, but saddling up for hours with no real focus isn’t going to get you much of a jump on next season. In order to improve, you need to challenge your body by varying intensity, volume, frequency and duration.
Assuming you’re an age-grouper with a limited schedule, you’ll benefit more from adding some type of intensity into your plan year-round instead of cycling at a very low intensity for long periods of time....
Parenting a Talented Kid...
Friday, 31 January 2014 00:10
By Daniel Coyle (thetalentcode.com)
Quick thought experiment:
Let’s say you’re the parent of a kid who really, really loves skiing. (It could be soccer or chess or tennis or triathlon, but let’s make it skiing.)
Let’s say that by grade school, your kid is dominating their peers. Stories about their prowess begin to spread. Then it happens: you get approached by coaches, scouts, national-team types. They have an important question for you:
Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:10
By Matthew Kady (triathlon.competitor.com)
When it comes to lunch meals, few are as sacrosanct as sandwiches. As long as you don’t slap fatty meats and gooey toppings between two slices of bleached out bread, the versatile sandwich can be the perfect lunchtime meal for athletes (think a winning combination of protein, vegetables and energizing carbs). But don’t let your sandwich options get stale. Mix and match these items to create a bona fide power meal in your hands.
A sandwich is only as good as what you decide to wrap it up in.
Germinated grains have elevated nutrient levels and are easier to digest. What’s more, sprouted bread tends to have a lower glycemic index for more sustained afternoon energy. ...
First Race, Best Friends & Netflix...
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:10
By Devon Palmer (palmertri.wordpress.com)
I finally registered for a race. I’m excited for a true Minnesota spring classic, the Gear West Duathlon. Because Steve Stenzel and I are currently best friends, according to our Christmas Truce, I will race the Gear West Duathlon as an individual and leave him to defend his lustrous relay crown. That said, if for any reason Steve needed me to step in as his relay-mate I’d do it in a heartbeat. Because we’re best friends and we are always there to help one another. Conversely, if our best friendship is annulled because Steve violates the no ‘your mom’ jokes clause, I’d destroy him like a incontinent pigeon destroys the clean exterior of a freshly washed car. But as I said, we are totally best friends for now and nothing will ever come between us except for any violation of our truce. Love you buddy! And a big congrats to Steve, he just raced as part of a relay in the Israman in Israel! Great job pal. If you’ve never had a best friend I really recommend it.
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