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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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Training Tip – Dealing With Post-Race Depression

If you have ever suffered from Post-Race Depression, you’re not alone. It’s a common problem among athletes, and it makes sense if you think about it. Getting ready for your big “A” race of the season was probably a major part of your daily routine for a while. It may have been all-co
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Training Tip – Post Race Recovery Do’s and Don’ts

After a big race your body needs some amount of rest and recovery. How much depends upon the race distance, but assuming you go all-out when you race (which you should), there’s a lot of stress on your muscles, joints, heart and lungs. So even a short race takes a big demand on your b
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Training Tip – Strategic Walking in a Marathon

If you can truthfully say that you never walk in a marathon, you need not read any further. If however, you’re one of the other 99% who walk for part of the last few miles, here’s a training tip that will help you have a better race. An informal survey showed that more than 19 out of
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Training Tip – Biomechanics – Practice Makes Permanent.

You know the saying “Practice Makes Perfect”. Well there’s another way to think about it. “Practice Makes Permanent”. Doing anything over and over will re-enforce it and make it permanent. Therefore, in everything that you do, you want to be sure your form or biomechanics is rig
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The “60 Minute Window” – Training and Race Recovery

Intense exercise (high volume or high intensity) and racing depletes muscle glycogen, the body’s primary source of fuel. Maintaining glycogen stores reduces fatigue and keeps up energy levels. In order to replenish muscle glycogen, it’s important to eat an adequate amount of car
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Training Tip – Simulate Your Race

One key component of race preparation for an important “A” race is to do a simulated race day. As valuable as this can be, there could be some a downside. Here are some important points you need to consider, regarding how, where, and when you do the simulation session: The simulated r
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Training Tip – Weight Training

Everybody should do it, but many endurance athletes don’t, fearing it will make them bulky and hamper athletic performance. Not true. Weight training (aka strength training or resistance training) increases the strength and size of muscles, and depending upon the types of movement, yo
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Training Tip –  A Quick Fix for Back and Neck Pain on the Bike

Before I get to the quick fix, one overriding cause of neck, shoulder, and back pain is a poorly fit bike. Make sure you have had a proper bike fit to ensure that your bike frame geometry is properly calibrated and set for your body’s size and dimensions. As little as a 3 mm cha
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Training Tip – Take a Mental Inventory

There are several techniques you can use to stay on pace at the end of a run. I’ve written in the past about “mailboxes” and setting up a breathing rhythm with your foot stride. These are tried and true methods to keep going, and here’s another. When you start to feel sluggish or your
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