Just as the snow has worn on me, running has grown on me. It’s slowly becoming my favorite of the three triathlon disciplines because I can simply lace up my sneakers, walk out the front door and run as far and for as long as I like. It requires one piece of equipment, sneakers!
You wake up to the morning sun shining through the bedroom window and the sweet sound of birds chirping just beyond the glass. It’s the first nice day of the year (for us Upstaters this happens in late April most likely) and you’re eager to throw down some watts on the open road! Just before you clip in you do a check to make sure you have all the essentials to be seen by driver, to repair a flat, to pay for some unforeseen item a.k.a f*ck you money, and enough nutrition to get you back home safely. So what does all of that look like?
Training tools are all well and good by themselves but unless you know how to use them effectively, they’re meaningless. With (hopefully) a renewed sense of focus on my swimming, here are the most essential training tools, aside from your cap and goggles, for triathletes to improve their form and get faster in the water.
I hate New Year resolutions. Aside from the fact it’s a failed strategy, I never understood why we need the calendar to change before we start to change. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made resolutions (to “lose weight” for example) in the past. I’ve stuck to them for a while, but then my motivation faded and I was back to burying my ass in the couch with a 6-pack and a bag of Cheetos.
The two most important elements of an Ironman training plan are patience and consistency. Sure, the program itself is important. It needs to be structured in such a way that promotes progress and physical adaptation. But at the end of the day, if you’re not consistent in training the program fails. If you’re not patient in training the program fails, no matter how great the program is.
Triathlon saved my life. I made a promise to myself that I’d start living healthier after my mother’s breast cancer diagnosis in 2014. I was overweight, unhappy, and settling for one job after another with no real desire or direction. But what started out as a goal for myself later blossomed into a passion for endurance sports and helping others realize the freedoms in life and sport that triathlon has afforded me.
Winter running outdoors sucks. It sucks and I don’t really enjoy it. However, I’m a firm believer that running outside and on the road is better from a performance standpoint for two reasons: Nothing simulates running on pavement or trails better than running on pavement or trails and it builds mental toughness. If you’re like me and want to stay off the treadmill as long as possible there are a few things you can do to stay warm while continuing to run outside.
Drinking is a non-negotiable for many people, and there’s really no reason to eliminate it completely. Almost all of us enjoy drinking to some degree. It’s fun, it’s livens us up, allows to meet new people, share stories, and the list goes on. So how do we build it into our nutrition routine without allowing it to derail our progress?
I forced the issue, despite knowing how best to handle a recovery week following a long, arduous event. I disobeyed one of the cardinal rules of endurance, and life in general: Patience.
Consistency will lead to improvement, but patience will yield the best results. Here’s how the week post-31 miler should have played out.
Last week I took you through my strength routine with descriptions of proper form and photos to better illustrate it. This week, I’ll breakdown my running warm up routine. This ensures my calves, quads, and glutes especially are activated prior to beginning any run. That means no matter what distance I’m running or the intensity I’m going through this routine.