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Yes, specificity is one of the cornerstones of a good training program. However, like static stretching and carbo-loading, it’s a mis-understood, mis-used idea.
I don’t need to lift weights, because I’m a _____er/ist/ete.
I’m a triathlete, I don’t need to swim any stroke other than freestyle.
I’m a triathlete, I don’t need to do kick drills.
I race long course, I don’t need to do short course races.
I race mtb/road/track I don’t need to ride on the road/dirt.
I race ____ (insert...
Is that they use a statistical average, and you are an individual, not a mathematical concept. Take Resting Metabolic Rate, or RMR, for example. You can use an online calculator to find your RMR, and then use that number, plus a calorie estimate from your Garmin, to set a daily caloric intake goal. However, the average that calculator spits out based on your height, weight, and activity level, could be off by as much as 100%.
Run pace calculators are another example of an idea that’s great in concept, but sometimes badly off in reality....
The Olympics are finally over, but my DVR still has about 20 hours of coverage for me to watch. Of course by the time I fast forward through the ice skating, it will be more like 12 hours.
How some of these activities got in to the Olympics is a whole other blog post, but I’m not sure what some of them have to do with citius, altius, fortius (the Olympic motto, meaning faster, higher, stronger).
I’ll save that, and Sochi as an Olympic venue, for the rants I probably shouldn’t write. My days of worrying about the USOC and IOC...
Guest Post by Eric Peters
With Ironman New Zealand about 2 weeks away and travel happening next week, the trip has most definitely become ‘real’. I’ve been going over mental checklists about what I need to do before the race to make sure all my gear gets packed and shows up in good order. My bike has already gone to the bike shop and gotten torn down, new cables, and some new bar tape (I figured I’d splurge) and a once over by a professional mechanic. I’m going to put some new tubes and tires on it in the morning. For...
I’m beginning to think that I moved to Alaska when I wasn’t looking. I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten what the sun looks like, and I’ve worn my sweaters and jackets more this year than in the past 5 combined.
I’m starting to see the effects in myself, and in my athletes. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing, although fortunately we here in Texas don’t often have to deal with it. But this winter, especially in North Texas, we’re starting to see the signs.
My brother was stationed in Maine, I...
Most of the time*, I’d much rather have an athlete 5% under-trained than 2% over-trained. Doing a cost/benefit analysis makes this an easy choice.
What does this look like? Here’s one example. I’ve been working with a new athlete for about a month, and this past weekend was the best time to do an FTP test. We operated with an assumed FTP and the associated zones in the meantime. As it turns out, we were ~6% low. I’m okay with that. First, he’s a relatively new athlete and coming off some down time due to the...
I sent an email to a recent Texas transplant from Virginia asking if she was enjoying our bipolar Texas winters, since it was 74* yesterday and only 36* today. That’s just how things go around here, and in fact last weekend wasn’t too different.
Last Wednesday, before the last front hit, I called up another coach and a client, and asked them if they wanted to go mountain biking. We got in a great 2 hours in warm sunshine, but it wasn’t on the day’s training plan for either of them.
In the winter, especially if you live...
The Disney Marathon Dopey Challenge - Definitely dopey, possibly dumb, but decidedly epic
By Eric Peters
The Dopey Challenge… An event that consists of 4 consecutive days of running races through Disney World. Starting with a 5k and ending with a marathon. Needless to say the challenge was appropriately named. So what actually happens during this long weekend of races? I’ll walk you through the whole thing.
We flew into MCO or OIA (depending on if your a local or not) and followed the signs for the “Disney Magical...
Doing Double Duty
Rick Wetherald, DPT
A great way to get more out of your late-winter training is by taking advantage of two-a-days. Let’s look at what these are, and how, when, and why to incorporate them into your training.
Two-a-days (2aDs); is a term typically used when referring to high school athletes in team sports completing a morning and afternoon workout, but you can benefit just as much from this scenario – if you have the time. It’s important to recognize that frequent use of the 2aD training regimen can dig you into an...
I finally got around to attending the USA Triathlon Level 1 Coaching Clinic this past weekend. I had a few reasons for not making this a higher priority, but the general internet consensus was that: a) it’s expensive b) it’s unnecessary c) it’s remedial d) it’s a money grab and e) it’s tough to get in.
Having now attended the seminar, I feel that I’m in a better position to judge. There will be a couple of posts on this, and an upcoming article, but in summary I’m glad that I went.