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10 Things To Do Ten Days Before an Ironman, Kona Too

The IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii is in ten days. But you need to know what to do ten days before any Ironman distance event, not just Kona, right? This also applies to 70.3 races, races that are important to you! Not a great bike mechanic? Me neither. Have your local guys check out your steed. What is the co...

Things I Wish I Knew About Triathlon When I Started

In that I'm packing to leave for Hawaii, but I did want to get something educational in here, this is a piece I had published by Ironman 2 years ago that is as relevant today as it was then. Happy reading. 13 Things I Wish I Knew About Triathlon When I Started     ✉ 2015 Getty Images Wis...

It's Not A Sin To Walk During a Triathlon / PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma II

PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma, An Update A couple months ago I did a blog on PRP http://bit.ly/2wVgiUn to try and give the athlete some way to judge for him or herself whether the hype that follows any new product or procedure. Newer websites will promise you the moon for this not inexpensive injection but the more we perform it in a variety of circumsta...

In the Days of Iron Men and Wooden Ships

What's the Best Diet for Triathletes? High fat? Low fat? High carbs? Low carbs? What's the best diet? Who knows? Dave Scott recently came out supporting a new study in the NY Times on the side of fat over carbs. http://nyti.ms/2wOSrT2. Supporting the carb side was noted multisport author Matt Fitzgerald in The Endurance Diet, a carefully craf...

One Month Till Kona: What You Should See & Do

Joe Friel: My Mentor, My Friend, One month Till Kona This is my 663rd blog post. I'd like to dedicate it to Joe Friel, my mentor, my friend, my patient. None of what I have achieved in triathlon would be possible without him. From coaching me for many years and meeting me at the finish line in Kona with an ice cold beer (or two!), to being my r...

Can Both a Father and Son Qualify for 70.3 Worlds in TN? Yep!

Do You Feel Guilty If You (think) You Train Too Much? As a triathlete and parent, you always wonder if you let the sport get in the way of your family. "Do I short change the kids when I'm out on that long bike?" Over the course of 11 years, with 3 kids growing up, I did enough training to run Kona 5 times. As any of you know, that's a lot of swim-bi...

The Clasp of Kona - A Sport Where the People Win

Note in physician's log , men's changing tent 2016 Ironman Kona - "Athlete reports earplug stuck in ear. Forceps extraction." Just like that, the racer is on his way with hardly any time lost at all. Thanks for being there Dr. Charles Johnson! ___________________________________________ Kona start/finish line on Alii Drive. ...

Why Training With Other Triathletes Makes You Better

"I need help," she posted. Credit @linda_alread ___________________________________________________________ As you might suspect, I get a lot of e-mail traffic with various musculoskeletal and medical questions for which at...

The Triathlete in Pain, Opioid Avoidance/ Thank God I'm Not Racing Party

A "Thank God I'm Not Racing!" Party in Kona? Site of one TGINR party Although I'm lucky enough to go to Kona every October to work the event, I've missed the past couple TGINR parties as I'm usually still on the pier getting those last minute details finished so that come the starting cannon in the morning, those competing have the b...

Variety, It's the Spice of Triathlon Training

Variety, it's the Spice of Training Obstacle course racing. It's great! If you've read this blog in the past, you know I'm a champion of variety in training and racing. Keep it fresh. Keep the interest level high. In my circle of training buddies, many have done a Tough Mudder (or TM half,) Rugged Maniac, Spartan or other event where gettin...

Thinking About an Ironman Tattoo? This May Help

Did you know that the marathon part of the Hawaii Ironman is a Boston Marathon qualifier? I think it became so about 11 years ago. Pretty hard way to qualify for the famed Boston race. Here are some photos I took (as you can likely tell) of how others have expressed their IM-ness through body art.

Broken Foot 5 Weeks Before Kona; He Still Crosses the Line

Kona Snapshot: Brett Kruse  \\  ✉ A last-minute twisted ankle isn't going to keep this Legacy athlete from toeing the line at the race of his life. by John Post, MD Put your feet in this athlete’s shoes for a moment. You’ve been a triathlete for 16 years, finished countless short-course events, ...

Considering PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) or Stem Cell Injection?

Some days, swim practice just seems too hard; that you'd rather be on this side of the pool with your seahorse life ring. It does get better though. Stem Cells and Platelet Rich Plasma ______________________ Whether or not the current enthusiasm shown by some in the emerging biologic choices in the treatment of musculoskeletal...

Making Success Out of Your Failures (non successes?)

First, a little triathlon humor. __________________________________________ What are you doing? Just wondering, who's the best? ____________________________________________________________ Making Success Out of Your Failures (non successes?) We all fail at one point or another. We almost all DN...

We SwimBikeRun to Stay Young, We just Don't Know It

When you're out running on a road with traffic, you need to be one step ahead of the drivers. Same goes for the bike. _____________________________________________ From mysportscience.com "Thus, it is fair to conclude that the balance of evidence suggests that caffeine withdrawal to get a better effect of caffeine is a myth. ...

A Dog Swimming the Kona Race Course? Seriously?/Running Keeps You Physically Younger

Kimo the dog. I wear glasses, but my eyesight's not all that bad. While treading water at the Coffees of Hawaii barge (every year during IM race week in Kona, the good folks at Coffees of Hawaii set up a large sailing craft about 700 m off shore, where anyone who swims up to it is offered a small paper cup of Kona's finest. ...

Posterior Tib Tendon, I'd Take Any Risk to Tie Back the Hands of Time

This is an edited redo. One of my most popular blogs of all time. Certainly the one that has generated to most "will I ever be able to exercise again?" mail came from that writing. If you're reading this as one with the problem, why not make a pit stop by the Q&A that follows the previous post. It serves as a good library and just might answer your que...

Why Can't You Swim Straight?

Pay Your Lifeguard With Wet Dollar Bills On Saturdays, a sizable group of triathletes and open water swimmers meet early in the season at one of the area man-made lakes for open-water training. It iss invaluable to work on swimming in a pack, sighting, getting used to a wet suit for some, etc. Some claimed it to be their most advantageous swims of the...

Mindset. Your Best Training Attitude for Success

"I had once had a pro athlete who had a bad race in Kona and so was walking the marathon. Some spectators offered him a beer. He drank it. Someone reported it. He was banned for 1 year. We never knew that was a rule. After that we did. Doubt that very many would know this." J. Friel We all know some triathletes w...

Don't Tug On Superman's Cape. Or Ironman Head Ref Jimmy Riccitello

Jimmy Riccitello, Ironman Head Referee You don't tug on Superman's cape You don't spit into the wind You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger And you don't mess around with Jim * *If you happen to be in an Ironman triathlete that is! ________________________________________________________________ Before the bl...