Isklar Norseman Triathlon

The Isklar Norseman Triathlon is a definite bucket list race.  Here’s a very cool video from YouTube about the race.  Looks like it would be amazing to race here and one heck of a challenge!  The race is essentially the distance of a long course triathlon;  3.4KM swim, 180KM bike and 42.2KM run for a total of 140.4 miles.  The end of the race looks brutal, but the feeling you would get when you get there is why we race.  For more information, check out the race website at http://nxtri.com.

3 Training Tips to Become a Better Mountain Biker

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Have you ever wondered how that riding buddy of yours always smokes you on climbs, or seems to have an extra gear in his or her legs compared to you? It could be that they are just genetically more gifted, but it is much more likely that it is how the train. Genetics really come into play when you start to separate the professional caliber riders from the really strong amateurs. Here are three ways to change how you approach training to make the jump to the next level in your riding ability. [Read more…]

Periodized Training

So, you’ve finally signed up for that century ride, big mountain bike race, or multi-day touring ride and you are wondering how you should prepare so that you can truly enjoy your day(s). Building upon the previous article about energy systems, you will be using your aerobic system almost exclusively in these types of events. [Read more…]

The Body’s Energy Systems

In my last post I wrote about the timing of food and how it impacts our recovery and performance. It is important to understand the energy systems in the body before going into detail about how to optimize your nutrition. We must first understand what fuels our muscles in order to eat appropriately for training and recovery. The body has 3 basic metabolic energy systems, which play different roles, depending on the activity you are trying to do. These energy systems are: [Read more…]

Nutrition and Recovery: A Brief Intro

Recovery and nutrition are often overlooked parts of the overall training regimen. The foods you eat, the quantities, and the timing, all contribute either positively or negatively to how well your body recovers from training stress. The quicker you recover from training sessions, the sooner you can stress your system again, and therefore progress your fitness. This is the goal for most, if not all competitive athletes. So, how can you modify your diet to maximize your ability to recover and therefore increase the training stress your body can handle?
The answer is a long one, but I will try to summarize it here and delve deeper into the topic in subsequent posts. I’ll break it down into the key timeframes, since, as I mentioned in the paragraph above, timing is very important. [Read more…]

Crossfit for Triathletes?

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Crossfit has grown by leaps and bounds in the past couple of years. If you haven’t heard about crossfit, it is best described by their website; “Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.” In other words, it is excellent at building all around fitness from endurance to raw strength and power to flexibility. [Read more…]

Jane Fonda Hip Complex

I’m a firm believer in strength training in the off-season. As triathletes, we tend to neglect strength training during the competitive season in favor of more sport specific training. To a certain extent this allows us to ge the most bang for our training buck. However, the only way this can be an effective approach is if you have built up enough injury preventing strength during the off-season and stay with at least a maintenance program throughout your competitive season. [Read more…]

USADA Press Release for Lance Armstrong Case

For a quick synopsis of the Lance Armstrong case that USADA is handing over to UCI click here.

USADA is recommending that the UCI strip Armstrong of his 7 Tour de France titles.  The actual document is over 1,000 pages. The case includes sworn testimony from 11 former teammates of Armstrong. Recall that Armstrong was aiming at racing today’s Ironman World Championship event until USADA announced that he was officially under investigation.

The World Triathlon Corporation, who owns the rights to Ironman branded events worldwide, prohibits athletes who are under investigation from participating in their events.