Gwen is Into Virtual Reality Technology...
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 22:10
Virtual reality is shaping up to be the ultimate performance enhancer, no movement necessary.
By Brad Stulberg (triathlete.com)
En route to her gold medal during last year’s Rio Olympic Games, triathlete Gwen Jorgensen maneuvered around tight corners in a highly technical bike course as if she’d ridden them many times before. And in a way, she had. That’s because in addition to traditional mental training, like visualization and meditation, Jorgensen also used a custom-made virtual reality (VR) program, allowing her to repeatedly experience the Rio bike course from the comfort of her couch at her home.
“VR as a training tool has transformed the way athletes are preparing for competition,” says Danny Belch, a VR expert who works at STRIVR Labs, a VR performance science company founded by Stanford University researchers and based in Palo Alto, Calif. So much of the psychological stress—which zaps precious physical energy—associated with racing is related to the...
A Tale of Two (Indoor) Triathlons...
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 22:10
By Amy Bauch (amysrunningaround.blogspot.com)
Hard to believe that my new hip is already 5 months old. Even harder to believe, with the new hip, that I ever had a problem in the first place.
Funny how time can alter what you remember about "what was". Meaning, I just re-read my last blog entry, written right before Ironman Wisconsin last September and about three weeks before my surgery. I had "forgotten" how bad my limp was; how I had to calculate my every step and move; how hard I had to think about walking around the lake or down the block or from my car to the office.
Now? Try to stop me.
I was very fortunate to have a pretty easy recovery. I was in and out of the hospital within three days; off pain meds by the 5th day; walking around the block using a walker, then a cane, and finally by my big girl self unaided within a couple of weeks. Riding a stationary bike was a very welcome part of my physical therapy, as was strength training. I got back on the golf course in December, playing the...
Crocs, Broken Teeth & "Sorry, Mark"....
Monday, 13 March 2017 22:10
In this annual compilation, Timothy Carlson found rich veins of talk from the Brownlees discussing their adventures in Cozumel and Gwen Jorgensen and Nicola Spirig recounting their duel in Rio. Fear of crocodiles, the temptation of a DNF, a humble apology from a Kona record breaker, an existential meditation on ego versus soul at an Ultra also made the cut for Favorite Tri Quotes of 2016.
By Timothy Carlson (slowtwitch.com.com)
“When we returned from our trip, I was sending the kids off to school, and out of nowhere, my 10-year-old son said, ‘Mom?’ ‘Yes, Connor?’ ‘When I heard you dropped out of the race, I just wanted to come find you at mile 23 and carry you the rest of the way.’ We both lost it.” – Ruth Brennan Morrey (photo) on what her son said after he heard a mistaken report that she had dropped out of the 2015 Ironman World Championship.
“I thought about crocodiles consistently during the swim leg. I was terrified of dying a crocodile death. There were boats on course with guns to help out any competitors suffering attacks.” Jodie Swallow writing in her blog on swimming at Ironman Cairns....
Sunday, 12 March 2017 04:10
ED. Here is an AWESOME article we stumbled upon recently. It was posted in "Rochestermn.citymomsblog.com," FYI - RBM placed 7th (4:29:51) yesterday at Buenos Aires 70.3.
By Ruth Brennan Morrey
The intermingling of my children in my world of sport and exercise is quite…dynamic. Yes, I think that is the word. Dynamic. Even as a professional athlete, my children—aged 12, 9, and 7—cannot and should not be separated from my athletic endeavors. A rich dimension to my life, they are an integral part of my success. They provide me with time management skills, recovery, laughter, distraction, balance, and overwhelming joy. Don’t get me wrong, the little minions drive me absolutely batty at times
Rocking a Sub-5-Hr. Ironman Bike Split...
Saturday, 11 March 2017 23:10
By Peter Kadzielawski (teamusa.com)
Initially, cycling indoors wasn’t a deliberate tactic. I was forced to take cycling indoors simply because of the weather conditions. Preparing for a late November race such as IRONMAN Cozumel or Arizona while living in the Chicago area was the main reason why I decided to take a huge chunk of my training indoors.
A late November IRONMAN meant that I would have to do some of my longest (5-6 hour) rides in October and November. And that time of the year in the Midwest can get pretty cold, especially for a long ride....
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