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Beware of Running Tips...

bare-feet.gifBy Bethany Rutledge (triathlon.competitor.com)

The quick, trendy route to better performance seems more appealing than the long, traditional one, but you can’t shortcut your way to lasting results. Our thoughts on running fads to ignore, along with some timeless advice on maximizing your triathlon run performance:

Finding The Perfect Shoe


2011’s Born to Run started the barefoot and minimalist shoe movement, with believers scoffing at “traditional” running shoes....

Stuff About Sciatica...

sciatica_pain_Chiropractor.gifBy Jordan Metzl, MD (triathlon.competitor.com)

The Symptoms
Lower-back pain and shooting pain down the back of one or both legs, sometimes to the toes. It may worsen with sitting or bending forward. With piriformis-based sciatic problems, the pain hits the lower back and/or buttocks, sometimes feeling as if it’s deep inside the buttock muscles. It may be too painful to sit on the affected side. The pain and/or tingling can radiate down the back of the upper leg as well.

What’s Going On In There?
Sciatic pain comes from irritation of the sciatic nerve, a thick, ropelike nerve comprising several nerve roots in the lumbar (lower) spine that merge into one. Technically, sciatic pain is caused by irritation of this nerve after the nerve roots join together. Sciatic pain can come from two very different sources: the spine and the hip. Nerve roots, which are small....

A Toast to Resolutions...

rocks_on_balance_0.gifBy Woody Woodward (ironguides.net / xtri.com)

The New Year can bring out the best in athletes such as new focus and better habits—but it can also lead to a very quick breakdown and loss of motivation. Athletes love to make New Year's resolutions. We are always thinking about every possible way to get more from our bodies so we can perform better....

Holiday Food Trap...

fat-guy.gifBy Emily Milne (trifuel.com)

Research tells us that most people gain weight during the holiday season. There has been much debate over just how much weight people gain during the holiday season. Most experts will tell you that the average American tends to gain one to ten pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. Triathletes, however, are not the average American. Let me give you something to think about. To burn off one pound of unwanted body fat it takes running for three and half hours at a seven minute mile clip or cycling for five hours at a vigorous pace! Extra pounds can add up fast during the holiday season, especially if you’re not paying attention to what and how much you are eating and drinking. Two of my clients recently reported a five and six pound weight gain, respectively, and we haven’t hit the heart of the holiday party brigade! If you’re serious about improving your triathlon performance in the upcoming year then you should be well into your off-season Performance Development Program...

Open-Water Sighting Secrets...

Swimmer.gifBy Sara McLarty (triathlon.competitor.com - 12/10/2013)

Triathletes spend hours in the pool practicing perfect stroke technique, but on race day, following buoys and staying on course is equally important. Sighting is a skill that needs to be practiced and perfected before race day. Follow these tips for your next open-water swim.

1. Lift your head only as high as necessary. In calm bodies of water, like a lake or river, lift just your eyes out of the water....

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