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Unfortunately USAT got rid of the rule about no markers in transition. So as much as I hate them, balloons on the racks and chalk on the ground are now, apparently, legal. Which is asinine, but a topic for another day.
However, 2 things have not changed. First, you cannot move another competitors stuff. Should you need to, or think you need to, consult with an official. They will tell you whether or not it can be moved, and they will be the ones to move it.
Second, you cannot “save a spot,” for yourself or someone else. A bike...
Read the lap cards.
Listen for the bell.
That is all.
What if I told you there was a way to improve your performance? What if I told you it was quick, easy, and free? What if I told you that you would actually enjoy it more than what you’re currently doing?
You would think this isn’t earth shattering news, but you’d be wrong. The number of athletes I see shivering at the start of races astounds me. The benefits of any warm-up are negated, the chance of injury is increased, the chance of illness is increased, and it’s just plain no fun to be cold.
A set of...
All the training in the world is worthless without proper rest and recovery.
Training, simply, is applying a stimulus to an organism in order to provoke adaptation. Training is the stimulus. “Getting faster”, to keep this fairly simple, is the adaptation. Rest is when the adaptation occurs, and sleep and proper nutrition are the vehicles that allow the physical changes (growing new mitochondria, for instance) to occur.
Whether its you or a coach, and whether it’s by feel, experience, knowledge, intuition, or the Performance...
Jo and I are both test riding bikes, trying to choose our new road bikes. Meanwhile I’m reviewing a SRAM Force 22 group.
Wow, there are a lot of great bikes out there. Of the 10 bikes we rode, I don’t think there was a bad one in the bunch, and frankly it made for some quite tough decisions.
However, the costs continue to rise, and the persistent march of adding cogs to the cassette continues. If you’re disposable income allows it, there’s a bunch of awesome bikes to choose from. If you’re wanting to keep it a...
The full review will be in The Racing Post next month, but in the meantime here’s a teaser:
Great group gets even better with meaningful trickle-down from Red, still a few quirks and some upgrade considerations.
Just because someone is good at something, does not necessarily mean that you want to take their advice. Yes, I realize this sounds counter-intuitive, so let’s dig in a bit.
N=1. In a controlled study, N is the number of subjects. The higher N is, the more likely the results are applicable to a broad swath of the population. The lower it is, the more individual variation comes into play. Let’s say Bob is the local hero, and he’s great at whatever your sport of choice is; let’s just say running. So you seek out Bob, and...
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...