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Cheese, Chocolate & Matterhorns...

apt-cy.gifBy Cathy Yndestad (trigirlcathy.blogspot.com)

Unfortunately I don’t have much for creative story telling or inspiring words, but I wanted to share a few random updates from our first few weeks. I promised to post often so here’s the latest rundown:

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost four weeks since we moved to Switzerland. The days and weeks are flying by as we’ve been busy figuring out how to live thrive in our new world.  

We love our new apartment - We’re in a modern high rise nested in the heart of the city and I’m loving the proximity to the daily essentials.  Walking to the market, gym, train station etc. is such a delightful novelty since I was deep in suburbia the last few years. When the sky is clear, I have mountain views from my apt/office windows which always brings me joy. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m so grateful for the power and beauty of the mountains.

As you can imagine, the food has been pretty delightful. There’s been no shortage of cheese and chocolate consumed, and of course, the breads… ummm, delicious! Let’s just say this is not the place to be gluten, dairy and/or sugar free....

 

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Spiky Balls & Other Nutritional Must-Dos...

spiky-balls.gifPhoto - Spiky-Balls are good for you.

Eat more healthy fats—and other simple rules for smarter fueling.

Start your new year—and training season—off right with my top five nutrition must-do’s for 2015.

1. Hydrate sufficiently (not just while training).


All too often I see hard-working and dedicated triathletes come into my nutrition practice office suffering needlessly due to inadequate hydrating. Track your fluid intake for the next week or so, and periodically throughout the year. Make it easier by using an app such as Water Alert Pro ($0.99, Itunes.com). At baseline, males need 3.7 liters (almost 1 gallon) daily, and females need 2.7 liters (more than 11 cups)—plus more when training or sweating heavily.

 

2. Eat healthy fats.
I spend countless hours each year explaining the importance of dietary fat to athletes. Savvy triathletes know that fats contain more calories per gram than carbs and protein. However, because they always want to be lean and

Dreadmill Benefits...

dreadmill.gifCoach Brett Sutton calls the treadmill the number one improvement tool for weak runners and shares a staple workout to try.

By Brett Sutton (triathlon.competitor.com)

When it comes to treadmill training it seems that people are split into two camps with no grey area in between. You either love it or you hate it. I have trained people from both sides of the fence.

So while the treadmill was used sparingly for an athlete like Chrissie Wellington, I have used it intensively for nearly every Olympic-distance triathlete’s preparation since 1997: Siri Lindley, Jackie Gallagher, Emma Snowsill and Loretta Harrop are all names that spring to mind, with Loretta doing almost all of her work exclusively on the treadmill.

This week I put the current Olympic champion, Nicola Spirig, through her paces on the treadmill using the exact same set that I used with the men’s bronze medalist, Jan Rehula, at the Sydney Olympics 15 years ago....

Futural Tri Innovations...

Innovation1f-552x421.gifThis sport has always been at the forefront of gear innovation. But there’s room for even bigger thinking.

By Jesse Thomas * (triathlon.competitor.com)

Despite somehow snaking my way through two Stanford mechanical engineering degrees, I always considered myself half an engineer. I loved the “big picture” phase of problem identification and initial design. But my interest waned in the nitty-gritty detailed analysis and manufacturing optimization required to actually bring a product to market. I could survive the numbers, but I was a lot better at the pictures.

So when I joined my first startup out of college with a few friends, I kept myself mostly on the pictures side—and let the guys that handed me my ass in thermodynamics do the real engineering. Until one unfortunate day, I overheard a conversation about a “pump problem on the hydrogen generator,” and had an idea....

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