Become a Better Athlete During Post Season, I
What can you do during the post season? First, collect your thoughts and reflect upon your training year and the races you have done. Here are some critical components to take into consideration:
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.
Three Common And Reoccurring Challenges Athletes Face
Most athletes dedicate valuable time, energy, and money on their goal of crossing the finish line faster than the previous time. You hope that the odds are stacked in your favor, especially with a light bike, aerodynamic helmet, tight kit, power meter and other techno-gadgets, a training and nutrition/hydration plan. You think with this level of attention to detail you got it down, but…Yes, there is a but, because without proper recovery, sleep and healthy daily eating habits your “devotion” is for not & even the best laid plans for a great race can simply disappear.
Boosting Your Immune System
During the months when days are shorter and temperatures are cooler athletes oftentimes complete their swims indoors, participate in indoor cycling sessions, and utilize treadmills… indoors. The combination of reduced sunlight exposure and increased germ contacts can be a recipe for disaster for a potentially weakened immune system. Kinney Multisport had several athletes the past several months that repeatedly got sick and challenges to abandon those symptoms. We thought we provide you with a short post and simple recommendations on possible improvements to overcome the germ warriors.
The Couple That Races Together
“Trish crushes me on the swim!”
There’s nothing like a little marital rivalry to fuel performance improvements and Northern California couple, Trish and Al Hart, have been enjoying some friendly competition since they began participating in triathlon 10 years ago with Team-In-Training (TNT)