You’ve heard of the runners high, but have you experienced it yourself? Is it a fact or just an urban myth? Here’s what I’ve learned about the runner’s high
Nutrition & Fitness
Insanely awesome tips for changing your body, mind and spirit as a triathlete while improving your overall health. How to eat right and improve your nutrition. How to achieve your fitness and training goals. How to deal with all of the aches and pains as well as the ups and downs along the way. And how to focus on the things that matter most while keeping a positive attitude as an athlete in training.
I started running many years ago, and never stopped. Running is my religion. Why do you run? What are your reasons? Here’s why I run.
Embrace your inner-gypsy. Get addicted to healthy living. Make ultrarunning about something bigger than you. 3 simple things I’ve learned from Catra Corbett.
It’s time to be epic! Let David Goggins help you as he’s helped me. 3 powerful David Goggins quotes to break free from the prison of ultrarunning training!
Social media for runners consists of many different things. Here are 5 fun ways you can use social media to support your efforts and goals as an ultrarunner
While reading a book on Zen, I thought of several ways that Zen relates to ultra-distance running. Here’s my take on Zen running.
What’s the difference between a runner and an ultra runner? Mental toughness. Here are 3 ways to build your mental toughness in sports — including running.
Taking time off does NOT mean doing nothing. Here’s a fact: Careless ultramarathon training is hazardous to your health. Here’s how to train in the off season.
I don’t want to talk about the I-word. I’d prefer to ignore it and get on with my training. I have miles to log, races to run, and PR’s to break. I don’t have time for… well… you know… ‘that.’ Besides, that’s the stuff that happens to other runners, not me. Any problem I have […]
The low carb high fat diet (or ketogenic diet) is growing in popularity in the ultra-running community. Here’s what you need to know before you get started.
The fruitarian diet plan is usually a natural progression — from omnivore to vegetarian, vegan, raw foods, and finally fruitarian.
Yes you can be an endurance athlete AND be vegan! Here are 7 simple ways for vegan athletes to get protein and other important nutrients in your diet.
When you go running, do you take a full music playlist with you? Facts about running music and the degree to which it helps (or hurts) running performance.
It’s not uncommon for a triathlete to drag a nutrition myth or two into the sport. Some of these myths could easily prevent a triathlete from performing optimally. Here are 4 nutrition myths that triathletes may be in danger of believing.
One of the most significant mental or psychological disruptions for a triathlete is anxiety. Here are some common triathlete anxieties, as well as signals that anxiety may be affecting your triathlon performance.
Here we delve into matters of sports psychology and the mental side of the sport of triathlon. Athletes often say about their sports performance, “It’s mostly mental.” In the sport of triathlon this is particularly true. Here’s how to build your confidence as a triathlete.
A study just came out which states that triathlons pose twice the risk of sudden death as marathons do. Here’s how to reduce your triathlon risk, especially when swimming — which is commonly viewed as the most dangerous aspect of the sport.
When it comes to sports drinks, bars and gels, it’s in your best interest to avoid products with high fructose corn syrup in them. Here’s why… plus some alternatives to consider.
When it comes to anti-inflammatory and pain relief products for an athlete’s aches, pains, muscle strains and pulls, NSAIDs are not the only game in town. I want to encourage you to explore natural alternatives like essential oils. Here’s why I use them.
I’m not an anti-medical establishment guy, but it was a little worrisome to discover the following trends in conventional healthcare…
Following are some of the most common triathlete injuries and how to treat them…
Bodyweight exercises are exercises that rely on your body weight alone — no weights and no machines that provide resistance. Bodyweight exercises are stressful on the body without being damaging to the body. Here are the best bodyweight exercises for triathletes.
What kind of strength does one need as a triathlete? I got to wondering about the difference between being weight-lifting strong and being body weight strong and if mattered for triathletes. Here’s what I found…
Water is the number one concern on any athlete’s intake list. This is especially true for triathletes. You must stay hydrated for optimal performance as an endurance athlete. As you swim, bike, and run long distances, you sweat — which means you lose body weight since water comprises the highest percentage of your weight.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could know exactly how to re-fuel during endurance training and competition to ensure your body had everything it needs to perform at its best? The good news is that you CAN know. Here’s everything you need to know about triathlete refueling strategies.
Sometimes, in order to survive as a triathlete, you’ve got to break the rules. You may be suffering with a severe case of the triathlon doldrums if you have any of the following signs…
The two main questions you need to ask yourself before competing in your first Ironman are: Should you even consider doing an Ironman? and Are you ready for an Ironman? Let’s break down all of the factors that go into answering those questions for yourself.
If you have a recent sport injury, you’re probably wondering how this is going to affect your training. Each triathlete and each injury is unique. Returning too soon can increase your risk of re-injury or developing a chronic problem that will lead to a longer recovery. Waiting too long can lead to unnecessary de-conditioning.
Between 2 and 6 million Americans suffer serious back pain every year. At some point in their lives, 4 out of 5 adults will suffer a pain severe enough to warrant medical care. In one study of Ironman triathletes, 91% had suffered at least one soft-tissue overuse injury during the previous year’s training. Spine injuries were most common, with 72% of the triathletes reporting lower back pain.
It would be wise for every triathlete to learn more about the 4 key nutrients of triathlon nutrition. Let’s start by focusing on carbohydrates. Here’s how they work in your body when you’re competing. See which foods are highest in carb content.
You can’t change your genetics, but you may be a candidate to significantly influence your body composition to aid your performance as a triathlete. Whatever body type you have, and whatever your body fat composition, improving your power-to-weight ratio will aid you in reaching your full potential as a triathlete.
During the off-season, all triathletes face the fear of losing fitness. Here are some tips to keep you on the right track all year round.
In fact, there may be some very good reasons that you should be doing free-weight squats as a triathlete.
As an over-40 triathlete, I want to encourage you to extend your longevity and enjoyment in the sport of triathlon by viewing your age as an advantage. Here’s how…
See how Lance Armstrong turned endurance sport training into a discipline of applied science, with emphasis on the aspects of Psychology and Nutrition.
This post is about opening your eyes to cancer, the leading cause of death in America among adults under the age of 85. It happened to Lance Armstrong, a conditioned athlete. And it could happen to you.
What’s the secret to Lance Armstrong’s training?… Improve your ability to ride at your lactate threshold! Here’s how to do it.
As a triathlete, there are several ways you could apply the concept of a New Year’s Resolution to your training. Following are some tips for coming up with New Year’s Resolutions that could help you to become a better triathlete.
The secret training regimen discussed all over the Internet is called the 300 Workout. Here’s how it works and how it can benefit triathletes.
Organic food is more expensive than conventional food. So the real question is: Does the additional cost of organic food justify going organic for a triathlete? I think most triathletes would agree that the fewer additives and chemicals they put into their body the better. Here’s more…
Here are some things you can do to increase the chances that you will actually stick with triathlon as a sport, and continue to meet your short- and long-term goals.
Here’s everything you want to know about measuring and testing VO2 max.
Are you a triathlete using NSAIDs for pain relief? Are you sure you want to do that? Here’s what you need to know about the risks associated with taking NSAIDs like Advil, ibuprofen,
The best recovery tips for triathletes to practice after triathlon training sessions. Most important: rest, sleep, protein, and carbohydrates.
There is a mental and spiritual side to the sport of triathlon that is every bit as important as the physical aspects of training and competing. Here’s how to keep your self-esteem in check while training and competing in triathlons.
Though muscle cramps can come during the swim or bike portion, they are more common during the run since a person is more susceptible to fatigue or dehydration nearing the latter states of a triathlon. Here’s why you get muscle cramps, plus what you can do to prevent them, and ultimately treat them.
I’d encourage you to take some time and investigate the specifics of a sound triathlon nutrition plan. If you are a newcomer to triathlons, this may involve a major diet overhaul.
This morning when I woke up, being a triathlete felt like a burden. The triathlete blues often hit around August when you’re a little worn out, and your most important goals are still ahead of you. Your body has acquired its aches and pains, the summer heat begins to wear on you, and all kinds of frustrations get into your head. Here are some tips for dealing with triathlon blues.
What is living the Tri Life like? It’s living an ‘I Can’ life. It’s living a ‘Wellness’ life. It’s living a ‘Purposeful’ life. It’s all of that an a whole lot more. Here’s why I’m enjoying every minute of being a triathlete and what it’s like to live the Tri Life… to me.
Triathletes are especially susceptible to injuries because triathlon training and competition pushes the human body to its limits. That’s why you should incorporate an injury prevention mentality into your training. Here are some suggestions for preventing triathlete injuries, plus some homeopathic treatments for sports injuries you can try.