Fat Combustion...The Bottleneck of Endurance Performance
Fat burning has long been a common term within endurance athlete circles. What is “fat burning”? Is it important, and, if so, how can it best be achieved?
Become A Better Athlete During Post Season - Part III: Training Niggles
As we go through the season we can develop niggling injuries such as little hotspots in our knee, hip, feet, low back, shoulder etc. We tend to ignore those symptoms and adapt to deal with them even though we are not a 100%. Use the post season to resolve injuries and be diligent about your treatment.
Taking Care of Unfinished Business - IM Lake Placid
A year and one week ago I should have been completing my third Ironman triathlon in Lake Placid, New York. Alas, it was not meant to be, after months of hard training, a bike accident five weeks before race day ended with a broken collarbone and shattered dreams.
Timing of Food Intake Based on Training Cycles
Training periodization is designed to break your training down into small portions to better specify and customize your goals. This is a common term for many athletes. As training schedules are being built in their varying macro cycles throughout the year, the periodization of our nutrition is oftentimes being disregarded. This next several paragraphs will discuss diet periodization and the impact of training on our body’s substrate utilization and the change from one training block or event to the next.
The Busy Athlete - An Oxymoron?
The busy athlete, wait a moment…we are all busy and the word “busy” is more of an oxymoron nowadays. We challenge you to find someone that claims they’re “not busy” and doubt that you will be able to come across such an individual. Add some training sessions into your schedule like the familiar “swim/bike/run” workouts and many athletes are juggling a pretty hectic schedule. In addition, most would like to improve their performance without compromising health, family, friends and work. How do you do it without feeling guilty when you missed a workout, cut it short for other commitments, or did not read the fine print in the description because you were in a hurry? How do you best direct these conversations in your head?
Pacing is one critical part in a triathlon. This blog will focus on pacing during the bike section. The approach varies based on the race distance, terrain, time of the year, weather/race conditions, experience level, and mental toughness/readiness/approach. As mentioned in the first sentence, we are referring to a triathlon, indicating that this is not a standalone event. When pacing the bike, you must keep the entire race in mind and not the bike by itself.
The Lavaman Olympic Distance Triathlon 2017 in the books. Racing together with my husband is one of my favorite circumstances in our endurance coaching business and seeing him placing 5th and me 2nd in our respective Age-Groups was a nice bonus. A few hours after the race I said to my husband: Aligning mental toughness and indoor training goes a long way in creating fitness and speed. Let me explain why those two considerations went through my mind.