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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...

Madison 70.3 - first "Race" back.

Well, that was interesting. I did Madison 70.3 yesterday. It was my first race back from all my surgeries and injuries. A brief re cap – I had surgery on both of my Achilles over the last 14 mo. That’s about a 12-month rehab process, and while I thought I could beat that timeline, I wasn’t able to. I think I could have with 1 but the issues around having bot...

Why Can't You Swim Straight?

Pay Your Lifeguard With Wet Dollar BillsOn 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 ...

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 who are work out fiends.  You...

CTL Concerns

The following is a portion of an email I received today from a US serviceman in Afghanistan. He expresses quite well a common concern I hear from athletes in regards to their Chronic Training Load (CTL) on the TrainingPeaks Performance Management Chart (PMC). ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The email: Joe, I’m something of a CTL junkie when it comes to traini...

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

Jimmy Riccitello, Ironman Head RefereeYou don't tug on Superman's capeYou don't spit into the windYou don't pull the mask off that old Lone RangerAnd you don't mess around with Jim**If you happen to be in an Ironman triathlete that is! ________________________________________________________________Before the blog, first this about the enormous good...

Being Afraid. The Injured Triathlete, Possibly You?

Climbing Mountains, Being AfraidThe finish line, you can stop, your day is a success and it's not even 10am! Woot, woot!    Although we as triathletes push pretty hard sometimes, we’re rarely outside our comfort zone in other than a physical sense.  In a previous blog, I briefly described hiking the John Muir Trail with my...

All Triathlon Careers End Some Day. Is Today Your Day?

Maybe it's time to think that you may have packed your last special needs bag.  Put a different spin on your future.  But then, to one degree or another, don't we all think about the future?  Some of us more than others? There comes a time when we need to move on.  Triathlon becomes a less significant factor in li...

Bike Crashes; If You Ride Long Enough....

The author with three elated 2016 finishers"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do."                                   &...

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. ...