Tag: run

Running Power Meters… First Impression

Being on the bleeding edge is exciting. But you can also get cut deep (hints the “bleeding” part). Power meters were once bleeding edge technology, but today they are common sights. Ask experienced cyclist or triathlete the best upgrade they can make, and they will (should) tell you to get a power meter (If you don’t already have one). But running power meters? That’s bleeding edge!

There really are only a few names in the game right now as it comes to running power meters. The big name is Stryd, now on their second gen unit. The other is RPM2. A few others are out there, but they are more fringe and aren’t specifically power meters like Lumo run and SHFT. The biggest question hanging over running power meters is, are they worth it? Continue reading

HotShot Review

Every once in a while, someone in story looks at an age old problem and comes up with an brilliantly unique solution. Example, increased aerodynamics through ditching the traditional double diamond frame shape like Dimond or Ventum bikes. Obviously, only time will tell if these ideas will work out in the long run. Questions abound from the stability, stiffness, and recently even the safety of such designs. There is a reason traditional designers have stood the test of time!

But on the nutritional side of things, the age old dilemma that has plagued about every athlete at one time or another is that of cramping! The team behind HotShot is looking to be that radical solution that challenges the traditional approach to cramping.  Continue reading

Free 6 Week Triathlon Training Plan

Earlier this week I wrote about 3 ways to jumpstart your fitness for the new triathlon season. Well, here’s a 4th.

Today I’m releasing a FREE 6 Week training plan to get you ready for your first (or next) triathlon. The plan is primarily focused on those training for a Sprint Triathlon, but it will work just as well for the 6 weeks leading up to your next sprint before diving into some intermediate or long course racing.

In this plan I use all the same philosophies I use in my coaching and especially the 3 main workouts for time crunched triathletes. This is a great resource for you as you dive back into training or if you are just getting started. I hope you find this plan useful and that it helps you learn from my mistakes!

 

So get your FREE 6 Week Triathlon Training Plan!

Review- Balega socks

Socks… not something many triathletes spend time thinking about unless it’s under the topic of transition time. Usually the thought is either to wear socks or not to wear socks, and not usually which socks to wear. As must long distance runner know, and triathletes making the jump to long distance find out quickly, your socks matter. That thin layer of fabric separating your shoes and your feet can make or break a long run.

That is where Balega steps in. I’ve been running in these socks since Balega sent me a couple pairs to try out 2 months ago, and honestly… I haven’t even noticed them. And that’s a good thing. A good pair of socks need to disappear when you put them on. And that’s what these socks do! Continue reading

Winter Running Basics

It’s winter here in the northern hemisphere, and that means one of two things: either you are out running in less than ideal conditions, or your are on a treadmill. (or not at all… but that would be 3 things). Most of us don’t like treadmills, and since there is not the plethora of apps to make it as enjoyable as indoor cycling (although Zwift is changing that!!!) most of us are more inclined to brave the elements for our runs than we are for our bike rides. So here is my beginner’s guide to winter running! Continue reading

2017 Sponsor: Brooks Running

As the 2017 season begins, It’s time to start making the announcements about certain new (and returning) sponsors! The first one, I am super excited to have come on board to support my racing this year, and that is Brooks Running!

I get to be a part of the Brooks Pro program this year, so I’ll do my running in the Wonderful Brooks shoes! I’ve been in the Launch 3 since late September and I’ve been loving it. I’m not sure whether I’ll try out some other models or not, but the bit I’ve seen of their line up, I’m sure any of them would be a great!

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#OptOutside this Black Friday

It’s Black Friday… and by the time this gets posted (Usually my posts go up at 12:05 AM) you may have already been out shopping and back home. But maybe you are considering a little Black Friday shopping trip after the crowds clear out a little.

May I propose another option?

#OptOutside

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Turkey Trot: Thanksgiving Day= Race Day!

The day we’ve been looking forward to has finally come! Yes, Thanksgiving day! And what does that mean? Yes, turkey… stuffing… football… but more importantly, RACE DAY! That early morning Turkey Trot is calling your name! Here’s how to make the most of the day you’ve been training for.

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Check Your Shoes- 5K Beginner’s Guide

Alright, you’ve started your running and you are getting into some good shape for your first 5k. You are warming up and cooling down to make sure you don’t get injured, but have you checked your shoes?

This is one of those things beginners usually overlook. They decided to get in shape and sign up for the Turkey Trot, go to their closet and dust off those 5 year old trainers they have been using for everything from mowing the grass to walking the dog. They smell bad and they look sorry. This is just setting them up for an injury.

You may be asking why you need to get good running shoes (I mean, they cost so much right?) But trust me, they make a world of difference. Good shoes are literally the platform for your running. They support your feet. They protect your feet, ankles and knees from all the pounding. They even help keep your whole body aligned as your take each step.

So how do you know if you need new shoes? Here’s a couple points to consider:

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Run with Music

The title already tells you what this about. And I know some of you are going to read this just so you can tell me why I’m wrong… But bear with me for a moment

I don’t run with music. Ever. and I’ve thought about this a bit recently, especially on my run yesterday afternoon (see point 2). So here are the 3 main reasons I don’t run (or bike) with music.

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