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Eating Disorders and Triathletes, Close to Home?

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week starts today. Their website notes: "Our theme this year is Let's Get Real and our goal is to expand the conversation and highlight stories we don't often hear. Our culture has complicated relationships with food, exercise, and appearance. 30 million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating d...

Atrial Fibrillation, Afib or AF, in the Endurance Athlete

"Don't call for your surgeon, even he says it's late. It's not your lungs this time but your heart holds your fate." Manfred Mann Although it might be somewhat surprising, the single most popular piece I've written here, and mind you this is a triathlon oriented blog, was on pills. Antihypertensives to be specific; medication for blood...

Xrays, MRIs, Cat Scans: When do You Need What

"How long can you stay fresh in that can?" The cowardly lion on first introduction to the tin man. Bert Lahr in the Wizard of Oz A former patient of mine, upon being told that an MRI was the next step in diagnosing what was thought to be a rotator cuff tear, wa...

Racing at Night, Your First Ironman. Yep, Easily Could be You.

Regardless of your abilities or expectations, you may find your first attempt at the 140.6 mile distance a really big bite , more than you'd ever planned or imagined. It's not uncommon for the sun to cross the horizon at sunset before you cross the line an Ironman. Ironman South Africa Each of us has some idea of what to expect when we...

How To Practice Your Triathlon Starts in Winter

In water race start Think for a minute. You're in your local triathlon. Nervous as all get out as your wave is about to go for an in water start. (Or it could be on land, dock, etc. but we'll use in water for our example.) Your goggles are set, you're warmed up, seeded correctly (you think) when almost out of nowhere, the air horn blasts from the race di...

The Triathlete, Arthritis and Joint Replacement 2018, Part 2, Racing?

"Not having a goal is more to be feared than not reaching one." Chinese Proverb Is this any truer than in triathlon where an entire year's work is frequently pointed at a single event? This blog is part two of two where we see if replacement of a worn out, arthritic joint in a triathlete will l...

The Triathlete, Arthritis and Joint Replacement 2018, Part 1

When the triathlete's knee or hip wears out , and the pain is more than they can bear, they find themselves faced with the possibility of joint replacement surgery. Immediately they wonder one thing, "Will I be able to race again if I have the new joint?" ________________________________________________ As a foundation for this piece, I wa...

Sleep, Part 2

I apologize for the long gaps between posts to my blog. Even though I am now retired from one-on-one coaching it seems there’s still never any time for writing here. But one thing I seldom pass up in the daily bustle is sleep. In Part 1 on this topic I railed against athletes having so many responsibilities in their lives that they have to cut out somethin...

Raynauds, Winter Riding, Fixing Cold Hands and Feet

"The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway." ___________________________________________ One of the things on your off season to do list during might be get a neutral bike fit by a pro who doesn't benefit if you buy a new bike or aero bars. This is John Cobb*, arguably on...

Winter Outdoor Workouts

Aging Up - "This business about aging is a sore point with me. People seem to think that because you get to a certain age, you should act in a certain manner. I never did it when I was young, I'll be damned if I'm going to do it when I'm getting older. If I finish the Ironman, and I'm an Ironman, then I can die happily." Jimmy Stokes (yes, Ironman Fini...

Triathletes Alcohol-Free for January. Want to Participate?

OK folks, here's round three. Ready for this one? In January 2015 and 2016 we went alcohol free for the entire month of January. I wrote it up for IRONMAN http://bit.ly/2humN7m last year and it was well received. So well, in fact, that it seems logical to do it again. On the Mayo Clinic web site then, the question was posed; "Does drinking a...

Why T2 is the Important One, Especially in Ironman & 70.3 Racing

T2, a time to regroup, assess status and plan for the run Fresh off the bike, a smile on her face, she's ready to run Aren't people nice? I had a root canal done about 15 years ago and got a call from the doctor's office telling me that he was doing a study and would I possibly be available for a follow up xray. Reluctantly,...

Posterior Tibial Tendon Disease, A Triathlete's Cure

Posterior Tibial Tendon Induced Ankle Pain I answer a lot of athlete's questions, many from coach referrals, some from various publications like Joe Friel's Triathlete's Training Bible. I rarely get follow up, especially follow up that's designed to help other athletes. But Stacy is different and if you have a PTT problem, read on and you may be able ...

Sleep, Part 1

I’m now retired from hands-on coaching. It was challenging work for thirty-plus years, mostly because there was never a break. All of the athletes needed unwavering attention whether I was on vacation or not. Yet I still tremendously enjoyed it and, in a sick sort of way, now miss the pressure of preparing an athlete for competition. What especially made it ...

Sunglasses

Several years ago I was provided training products by a company that eventually let down one of my coaching clients. It reflected badly on me as I had suggested the athlete use their product. When it failed to perform the company refused to stand behind it. I left them and ever since have been very cautious with the businesses I suggest athletes use. That’s ...

This Off Season, Take the Stairs

This Off-Season, Take the Stairs Old man winter may seriously cramp your style. Use these other ways to stay in shape.    ✉ (c) Digital Vision. How you c...

Hydration Evolution: Where Are We Today? Should You Have a Plan?

The good news: all my workout clothes are laying on the driveway asphalt drying in the warm sun. Now the bad news: I just looked outside and it's raining! (Surely something like this has happened to you.) "Custom" race hydration plan. If you take away from today's blog that there's no single right way to control one's race/training h...

What Happens When You Flat 3X in an Ironman?

Courtesy of Steve Smith, Kona Podium finisher 2015 _____________________________________ "I've raced the iron distance many times and never had a bike related failure," says an area athlete. But there are a good number of folks who flat for one reason or other, and a couple even flat twice. But here we see that it's possible to have even more ...

Lessons From Kona: Bike Tires, What Too Many Athletes Don't Know

Sharing a Condo at the World Championships Ready for a laugh? One of downsides of getting up at 3:30 or 4am in a condo of sleepers is wanting to get stuff done without disturbing the others. So imagine you have your lap top on the kitchen stove, working by the light from the open microwave door. You’re hungry – get out cereal, milk, etc. and cons...

Don't Get Sick! 9 Tips on Staying Healthy This Winter

There's No Such Thing As Bad Weather, Only Bad Gear This is a watch phrase of the U.S. Navy SEALs. They live it and teach it. Triathletes would do well to listen. In short, you can train outdoors year round as long as conditions are safe. We’re talking road surface, not only for you but any automobiles that may venture nearby. Visibility is also ...