Tag Archives: sports

Curve Balls in Life

I don’t know anyone that has a perfect life. There will be curve balls but it is how you react. Many know about my toxic levels of Vitamin D which is rare. First, I became advocate for my own health which you have to do today. I wanted to know why and what causing high levels.  Instead letting the Nurse Partition-er say it is okay to live that way, I wanted to see a specialist. I wanted to feel better, not feel crappy all the time. I am happy I did. My kidneys were causing it to elevate. My 1.25 kidneys has had problems processing red meats, so now it is all meats. Stopping eating them and feel better. Vitamin D at kidney level is good but the higher level is still high.  Cutting back on endurance events has made my kidneys happy too. It is how react and push forward that your life moves forward.

My glass is half full! Now if I can get faster! 

Be Smart on the Bike

Spring is here in New England with warmer weather coming which more people biking. Safety should be on the mind of all cyclists and everyone on the road.

A friend and I are having this argument: he doesn’t believe in bike helmets and likes to listen to music with his iPod. He lives in New Hampshire which has a motto: “Live Free or Die”. Yup New Hampshire does not have a law that requires cyclists/motorcyclist to wear helmets.

I believe in safety 1st! That includes wearing helmet, not listening to music and signaling  not just for other cyclists but also drivers of cars and trucks. Yes he is a rebel singing to his own tune but he won’t be doing it with me or my cycle friends. Being smart on the bike includes respecting your environment, cars, runners, walkers, cyclists and others but you will also live longer. We all need to Share the Road!

 

Quality vs Quantity Workouts

When you shop for furniture, car, clothes does your decision determine to buy for quality or for quantity. You probably go for quality.

That is how you should determine your workouts especially when you are short time. This has been a crazy week with work and appointments for me. Knowing I have half marathon at the end of the month, I put running before my swim and bike. But I made sure the run workouts are quality then have swim and bike be the recover workouts. Quality run workouts: 1 workout focus on your form; 2nd workout focus on hills and leg speed (cadence); 3rd workout focus on the endurance, the long run.

When you focus on the mileage numbers (quantity)  then you lose focus on the quality, the purpose of the workout. As a triathlete, this can difficult with 3 different sports. Then ask yourself what is your ultimate goals of your races, which quality will be first.

Decisions Do I or …

As a triathlete/runner, I am always making decisions for my training and my clients. It is January, I am in my 2nd Base Phase. Today schedule called for running hills for 5-6 miles but weather this morning was 15 degrees with wind chill of 5 degrees. Already started to feel my sinuses not happy and cold can trigger a migraine. My decision was to get on the bike for 50 minute doing 3 sets of tempo (flat and hill). Sinuses thanked me for that. Okay now when will the run happen? Tomorrow after I teach Triathlon Swim early, I will do a Fartlek/Interval run for an hour on the track at work. It will be quiet because of the snow. Thursday easy short bike and run.

Living in New England, you have to be smart and flexible with your training for January and February. When my triathletes and runners switch their workouts around, I listen why. They are being smart to know their limitations and they get it done. It is not worth to get injured or sick then you start go backwards.

What do you skip in your workouts?

What do you skip during your workouts that impacts reaching your goal?

Many of you skip recovery, stretching, massage and/or Self-Myofascial Release. But these are your key ingredients to successful training from losing weight to competing in triathlons to road races.

To get everyone in the habit as part of daily workouts, I am doing a 6 week Self-Myofascial Release Program starting tomorrow at 7 pm at Latitude Sports Clubs in Salisbury.

I seen many people in the gym foam rolling but not getting the full benefit.
Each class will focus on specific part of body. Using new techniques
With Foam Roller and Balls.

We will also be doing Yin Yoga and Active Isolated Stretches.

Download registration form, fill it out and go to Latitude to sign up: self-myofascialreleasejan2017

10 Indoor Triathlon Series Hint #10

We are officially into the race week for the 1st for the triathlon series. Everyone enrolled will be in their last week of Race phase. This week’s training will look like this: Tuesday swim 30 minutes (warm up 300 yards /Swim for 500 yards at moderate pace/cool down 100 yards); Wednesday Spin Class or bike 45 minutes follow with transition run 15 minutes; Thursday Easy Swim 500y/Run 15 minute; Friday Rest Day; Saturday Latitude Indoor Triathlon Series Race #1; Sunday Rest and celebrate.

Race Day Hint: Pack your bag the night before to not forget anything. Don’t forget towels and change of clothes after the race. Race morning, eat breakfast and hydrate.

If this sounds interesting to you, please enroll by filling out the registration form and sending via mail or delivering to the Latitude Sports Clubs front desk in Salisbury. Indoor Triathlon Series registration form is on: https://gearupforfitness.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/2017indoortrisbrochure.pdf

Latitude Indoor Series Hint #8

We are officially into the 8th week of training for our triathlon series. Everyone enrolled will be in their build phase. This week, we will continue building endurance for each sport and will add some speed workouts. This week’s training will look like this: Tuesday swim 35 minutes (warm up 400 yards / (4 x 100 yards build each 25y 60 to 75% effort/200 yards at 65-70% effort/4 x 50y at 70-75% effort)/cool down 100 yards); Wednesday Spin Class or bike 30-45 minutes follow with transition run 20 minutes; Friday Run (run 20 minutes/walk 1 minute/run 15 min)); Saturday swim 20 minutes continuously then Bike 30-40 minutes; Sunday Bike 20 minutes follow with transition run 20 minutes.

If this sounds interesting to you, please enroll by filling out the registration form and sending via mail or delivering to the Latitude Sports Clubs front desk in Salisbury. Indoor Triathlon Series registration form is on: https://gearupforfitness.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/2017indoortrisbrochure.pdf