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Training Tip –  Train To Extremes

If you do all of your workouts at the same intensity, you’re not getting the most out of your training. Many athletes get stuck in the middle, doing all their workouts at the same pace or speed which typically ends up being somewhere in the middle; not fast enough to improve and not s
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Training Tip – Why Warm Up?

Everybody knows that we should warm up before a workout and certainly before a race. Lots of athletes do, but some don’t, or if they do, it’s too short or maybe they’re just going through the motions. The questions is “Does it really make a difference?”  Well, anecdot
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TRAINING TIP – IMPROVE YOUR SWIMMING ENDURANCE

As I’ve mentioned before, the off season is a good time to work on your aerobic capacity, i.e., optimizing your body’s ability to utilize oxygen as a fuel source. Here’s a simple swim set that will improve your endurance. Always do a long warm-up and a cool-down before and after each
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Fitness and Training Tip – Live Life Full. Die Empty.

Heavy stuff, huh? I was at the Ironman awards dinner a bunch of years ago, and a Hawaiian priest opened the ceremonies with prayers and words of congratulations for all of the athletes who had competed the day before. More than once he repeated “Live life full. Die empty.” At first hi
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Treadmill Running Tips

I don’t know anyone who enjoys running on a treadmill. But a treadmill is a necessary evil if the weather is bad and you really want to get that run in. Here are a few tips to make the most of it. The movement of the belt under your feet makes running a little easier and faster compar
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Training Tip – Re-evaluate your biomechanics constantly.

I learned first hand that it’s valuable to double check your form and biomechanics periodically. After a recent group run, we were talking about how many of us have different strides. One runner commented that I landed high on my forefoot. I was a little surprised since I considered m
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Training Tip – Rebuild Your Aerobic Base

The off-season winter months are a good time to rebuild your aerobic base, also called aerobic capacity. As endurance athletes, your muscles use oxygen as their primary fuel. Whether you race sprint triathlons or ironman distance, 5K or marathons, oxygen is your primary fuel source. A
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Training Tip – Staying Fit During The Holidays

You train to stay competitively fit throughout the year, but the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Years can be the hardest time of the year to maintain your fitness. There are lots of holiday parties, and with all that’s going on you may skip some of our workouts, too. Here
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Training Tip – Flexibility, Mobility, Balance, and Symmetry

Stretching daily is vital to good health for everyone, and most especially for competitive athletes. It helps us maintain flexibility, mobility, balance, and symmetry which are vital to speed and endurance. As our body ages, the ligaments and tendons that hold our joints together beco
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Training Tip – Sometimes You Eat The Bear. And Sometimes The Bear Eats You.

We all have training days when we feel great. Your body performs perfectly. You feel like you can eat a bear. And then a week or two later, doing the same workout, same intensity, same weather and road conditions, and you are toast. You just don’t have it that day. It’s discouraging b
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