The Coffees of Hawaii barge (every year during IM race week in Kona, the good folks at Coffees of Hawaii set up a large sailing craft about 700 m off shore, where anyone who swims up to it is offered a small paper cup of Kona's finest. USAT has produced a pre-race checklist that allows you to be honest with yourself on your readiness to race.
This week we'll put up some thoughts on what happens when the athlete, through over use (sound familiar?), trauma or just plain bad luck wears out a hip, knee, etc. Then said athlete expects the orthopedic community of 2019 to be able to "slip a new one in there" and she'll simply get back to long bike rides on Saturdays with the girls. Realistic? We'll see.
In our previous blog on sighting, we went over how to swim straight in open water by sighting, looking straight ahead ever so briefly during your stroke then making tiny course corrections when needed. You stay as close to on course as possible and save time by not swimming wide right or wide left. We also talked about "blind swimming,"......
OK folks, this is year five of having no alcohol during the month of January. Ready? In January 2015- 18 we went alcohol free for the entire month of January. I wrote it up for IRONMAN a couple years ago http://bit.ly/2humN7m and it was well received. So well, in fact, that it seems logical to do it again. Plus, you might even get a little faster. On the Mayo Clinic web site then, the question was posed;
Nobody swims exactly straight all the time. You need to know your pattern before you figure the rest of this out. Next time you pool swim, when you have a lane to yourself, do what they call blind swimming. Push off easily from the wall, ensure you're in the center of the lane, then close your eyes. Take a few strokes, then see where you are in relation to the center of the lane. Drifted a little to the right? Left? Do this a couple times, then wait a couple days and do it again
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Ready for this? At the Ironman World Championships I watched an athlete in the pre-dawn hours of race morning pump up his tires. He had deflated them the previous day using the antiquated custom of "letting some air out of them so they don't pop" in the afternoon Hawaiian sun. Not his best choice on race day.
Below is a piece by motivational speaker Jim Rohn. It's particularly well suited to the triathlete as he/she is reflecting on 2018 and planning the upcoming year.
The title of this piece comes from an article by Valerie Ross in Men's Journal magazine. I feel it goes hand in hand with the blog post I put up previously, Why I Say You Shouldn't Bother With Supplements. We seem to be at a cross roads in athletic performance asking for data or evidence to support the things we do, or those we choose not to.
In 2005, Michellie Jones made her foray into long distance triathlon by competing in her first race in Kona. She had previously established herself as a world power in the shorter races and felt confident that she could do the same at the iron distance. She was almost right. Coming out of T2 with a 5-minute lead over multiple World Championship winner Natascha Badmann, Jones, respected for her running ability, was able to hold off the charging Badmann...for a while. Sadly for her, Michellie was passed in the late stages of the marathon to lose by only two minutes over the difficult 140.6 mile Hawaii course.