The Busy Athlete - An Oxymoron?

The Busy Athlete - An Oxymoron?

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

Pacing

Pacing

          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.

Lavaman 2017

Lavaman 2017

Lavaman 2017

     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

Three Common And Reoccurring Challenges Athletes Face

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

Boosting Your Immune System

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...

The Couple That Races Together...

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)

Staying Fit While Traveling

Staying Fit While Traveling

Staying Fit While Traveling

          Kinney Multisport has many athletes that travel frequently for work which can have an impact on training and recovery ability due to a physical, emotional and hormonal effects that throws you off guard. Regular exercise habits get interrupted and you might tend to overindulge on business dinners, overall poor food choices and receptions resulting in extra pounds coming back from the trip. 

What Makes For A Successful Season?

What Makes For A Successful Season?

What makes a successful season?

          Goals are essential for any athlete and help to direct energy and focus, increase motivation, lift confidence, and ultimately improve performance. But what is the best approach to successfully accomplish these goals throughout a single season and beyond? Is there a secret to it?

Post Season Progression

Post Season Progression

Post Season Progression: Don’t let your fitness fade by making it an “Off Season”.

As an endurance coach I see the following scenario take place about this time of year. From late October through the end of November an athlete’s race season comes to a close and they descend into a few month period of rest, recovery, relaxation, eating, sleeping and weekend’s full of couch surfing. They say to themselves “THIS is the Off-Season!”

Nutrition Science and Practice

Nutrition Science and Practice

   

Nutrition during workouts, Part II

    Effective endurance performance is not just determined by how fast you can go; it is equally important how successful you are at delaying fatigue. Getting your hydration and nutrition right is a key component in endurance sports.  As discussed in the August blog even minimal dehydration can hinder an athlete’s performance caused by reduced blood volume and reduced amount of oxygenated blood pumped to working muscles. Common difficulties endurance athletes face is to consume adequate calories including key nutrients such as iron, protein, calcium. Timing of food intake around the exercise is another shared challenge