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April is National Donate Life Month. Might You Have the Need One Day?

"I been up, I been down. Take my word, my way around.  I ain't askin' for much."         ZZ TopVolunteers, the life blood of any race.____________________________Organ, eye and tissue transplants offer patients a new chance at healthy, productive and normal lives and return them to their families, friends...

"Why is it That the One Who Snores Always Falls Asleep First?

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls sleeplessness a public health concern. Good sleep helps brain plasticity, studies in mice have shown; poor sleep will make you fat and sad, and then will kill you.  Where we're concerned, it'll help make you the athlete you want to be.One of the negatives of being a triat...

Training: Stress, Fatigue, Recovery, Adaptation

A hard workout only creates the potential for fitness. It’s realized when you recover afterwards. When you take it easy after a hard workout the body’s adaptive process kicks in and you become more fit. During recovery the body restores itself by rebuilding damaged cells, creating new neural pathways, expanding capillary beds, rebalancing its chemistry, deve...

Fueling for training and racing

My take on metabolic efficiency when it comes to training and racing. As someone who struggled big time with nutrition and stomach issues, I tried every trick in the book to try to figure it out. When I did, it was a HUGE change in my results. Here are my thoughts and beliefs. Metabolic efficiency is the way to go as the foundation of how you eat and train. ...

MRI's Are Good, But Are They Good For You?

So, after putting your bike on the rack on the car after today's ride, you accidentally step back off the curb and roll your ankle. This is pain, big time pain, as you reflexively flop around on the pavement in agony. As the intensity slowly dissipates, and your bike buddies encourage you to get up if you can and get out of the traffic, you find that you can...

Asphalt or Concrete, Which to Run On?

Here's one for which every running shoe shop employee thinks they know the best answer.If you just apply a little common sense, and physics of course, you can figure out what's best for your training be you a 60 mile per week athlete or one with lesser aspirations.Ready? They're equal.  Since both concrete and asphalt are easily 1,000 times harder t...

How to Get Out The Door on Those Mornings You Don't Want To

Not everyone can be an Ironman. Not everyone wants to be an Ironman. And, some that want to be an Ironman are told they don't have what it takes. But once you're an Ironman, you're an Ironman for eternity. It was an Ironman who came up with, "Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles, and brag for the rest of your life."  &...

Time, Family, and Training

I just got a DM from a guy who is experiencing what it’s like to try to train and race at the same time the family and career responsibilities are increasing. Here was my response:I can relate, Jim. Lots of athletes ask about things related to this topic. (I once had a guy tell me he had been sentenced to a 30-year mortgage and 3 kids. Seems a bit harsh but ...

Drink to Thirst or By Plan? The Big Guns Weigh In

How do we reconcile the thoughts of two respected, and usually correct triathlon information sources in this important matter?Last weeks blog, Drink to Thirst?  Hah!  It Doesn't Hold Water, buff.ly/2mGgv6R  was not only fun to write but one able to bring out a more complete picture of hydration. &nbsp...

Drink to Thirst? Hah! It Doesn't Hold Water.

While strolling through Youtube recently, listening to a little Juke Box Hero by Foreigner,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7tzi8wkYgI,  I found this below:“At my school in 5thgrade, some IT guy was leaving the school, so my class wrote a parody of this song called ‘Macbook Hero’ since he fixed the Apple Macbooks my school used. ...

Exercise More, Drink More Alcohol? They Talking About You?

 Whenever reassembling your bike, you'll get to a part that uses unique fasteners.  You will drop at least one. It will ping, tink and plunk off of 3 or 4 surfaces and then disappear from the space-time continuum!Later, after you've had a new one FedExed in, at a cost near the value of your LBS entire inventory, the old one will turn up. &a...

Stupid Triathlon Mistakes, Be Prepared Race Morning

"I've been told that swimming is a wimp sport. I don't see it. We don't get timeouts in the middle of a race, we can't stop and catch our breath, and we can't ask for a substitution."      Dusty HicksJust looks fast doesn't she? You bet.A physicians comment on supplements: "Health food stores are wonderlands of promise.  I...

Triathlete's, Donate Blood. One Day the Need Might Be Yours!

The Athlete's Guide to Donating BloodI wrote this for Ironman a couple years ago. With racing season still a ways away for those of us in the northern part of the country, we can still donate a unit and be back to full strength by Spring.  Even if you've never done this, when you walk out the door of the Red Cross or local blood bank after your dona...

What Every Athlete Needs to Know Regarding Pain Relievers

Save the world, win valuable prizes. Be a triathlete.                                                     ___________...

My Email to a 16 Year-Old S African Rider

Thanks for your email. I’m glad to hear that you have high goals for the sport and dreams of becoming a pro. Dreams at your age are always the starting place for anyone who eventually becomes a pro. Otherwise, there are many differences in the backgrounds of the pros. But not when it comes to their dreams. There are a few other things they mostly had in comm...

Have You Ever Flatted in an Ironman? We Polled in Kona

Congrats to all of you who gave up beer, wine, scotch, brandy, you name it for January! We had a contingent of folks from Ironman.com, Twitter and this blog.  Hearty congrats to all.  This was much easier for some than others and if you had no problem with it, hold a place in your heart for those whom this may have been a bit of a ...

Beware of "Our Top Spring Running Shoes" Surveys

Bobby Bowden, Famed Florida State football coach for over 30 yearsBowden was asked by a reporter about one of his linebackers. When describing that player, Bowden said “He doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘fear.’ In fact, I just saw his grades and he doesn’t know the meaning of a lot of words.” _________________________________________"...

When You Take Your Coach, PT and Chef to Your Ironman

The Name Game - a great rainy day/snowy day work out.  All you have to do is perform the exercise corresponding to each letter of your first, middle and last names. Rest 15 seconds between letters.  Repeat if you can....or if it's still raining.Good luck!________________________________________________To all who are participating in the Alc...

Supplements, Good or a Good Waste of Money?

As Women Age, They Naturally Lose HeightThe etiology of postmenopausal height loss is not well understood. Height loss among women probably begins in midlife. The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, which performed serial measurements of height over 9 years in a cohort of men and women, documented that height loss begins at approximately age 30 and increa...

Max Heart Rate and Performance

  I received a couple of interesting questions about max heart rate (HRmax) this week... Question: Does declining max HR with age affect max performance? First, there is no research I’m aware of on exactly this topic as it relates to aging. So this is my opinion only. Something related we do have research on has to do with short-term ...