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To Marathon or NOT to Marathon

There is usually a large temptation to do a winter marathon but most triathletes. Sometimes they can be a great idea. You just have to know what the purpose is. They are a great idea if: - You just want to run a marathon - You are trying to qualify for Boston - Obviously, if Marathoning ...

Thinking About an Ironman Tattoo? This May Help

Did you know that the marathon part of the Hawaii Ironman is a Boston Marathon qualifier? I think it became so about 11 years ago.  Pretty hard way to qualify for the famed Boston race. Here are some photos I took (as you can likely tell) of how others have expressed their IM-ness through body art. ...

Unconventional Thinking

I suppose I'm a bit of a heretic. I seldom accept things at face value just because that's "the way we've always done it" or just because an "expert" says it should be done that way. Or, my favorite, which always starts with, "everybody knows..." I always ask myself why. Why shou...

Madison 70.3 - first "Race" back.

Well, that was interesting. I did Madison 70.3 yesterday. It was my first race back from all my surgeries and injuries. A brief re cap – I had surgery on both of my Achilles over the last 14 mo. That’s about a 12-month rehab process, and while I thought I could beat that timeline, I wasn’t able to. I think I could have with 1 but ...

CTL Concerns

The following is a portion of an email I received today from a US serviceman in Afghanistan. He expresses quite well a common concern I hear from athletes in regards to their Chronic Training Load (CTL) on the TrainingPeaks Performance Management Chart (PMC). ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The email: Joe, I’m something of a CTL junkie...

Training: Stress, Fatigue, Recovery, Adaptation

A hard workout only creates the potential for fitness. It’s realized when you recover afterwards. When you take it easy after a hard workout the body’s adaptive process kicks in and you become more fit. During recovery the body restores itself by rebuilding damaged cells, creating new neural pathways, expanding capillary beds, rebalancing its chemistry, de...

Fueling for training and racing

My take on metabolic efficiency when it comes to training and racing. As someone who struggled big time with nutrition and stomach issues, I tried every trick in the book to try to figure it out. When I did, it was a HUGE change in my results. Here are my thoughts and beliefs. Metabolic efficiency is the way to go as the foundation of ...

Time, Family, and Training

I just got a DM from a guy who is experiencing what it’s like to try to train and race at the same time the family and career responsibilities are increasing. Here was my response: I can relate, Jim. Lots of athletes ask about things related to this topic. (I once had a guy tell me he had been sentenced to a 30-year mortgage and 3 kids. Seems a bit hars...

My Email to a 16 Year-Old S African Rider

Thanks for your email. I’m glad to hear that you have high goals for the sport and dreams of becoming a pro. Dreams at your age are always the starting place for anyone who eventually becomes a pro. Otherwise, there are many differences in the backgrounds of the pros. But not when it comes to their dreams. There are a few other things they mostly had in co...

Max Heart Rate and Performance

  I received a couple of interesting questions about max heart rate (HRmax) this week... Question: Does declining max HR with age affect max performance? First, there is no research I’m aware of on exactly this topic as it relates to aging. So this is my opinion only. Something related we do have research on has to do ...

Healthy Bones at Any Age, Reduce Your Fracture Risk

"We believe that foods labeled as reduced fat are lower in calories, higher in quality, and more natural. (In reality, foods labeled low fat, on average, contain about the same number of calories per serving as foods without that label."                     &am...

How Important Is Training Volume?

Last week I received an email from an athlete who was concerned about her training for the coming year. She had wisely decided that she needed to include a rest and recovery week every third week. But she was concerned that this would reduce her volume and therefore her race performance. That caused me to look back in my blog archives to see if I had a pos...

"You're Going to Need an Operation." What do You do Next?

                                           “He who will not risk will not win.”       &n...

Travel and Training

The emailed question… Joe: I have been training for triathlon since 2010 and I use the concepts of your book for planning my annual and weekly training. I have a fundamental question about that. I'm an executive and usually travel internationally at least once every two months. When it happens, I try to keep up my training at a hotel gym,...

You Can Always Win the Transitions

“I always win the transitions!”  says a patient of mine. And she does.  I think she feels that more important than the race results some times.  Positive feedback for effort expended.  Sensors being placed on legs of local athlete who sets the pace. Here’s how.  S...

What’s New About the All-New Triathlete’s Training Bible, 4th Edition

The following is a list of the biggest changes in the All-New Triathlete’s Training Bible . It really is “all new.” That’s not just a marketing ploy. The only thing that stayed about the same was the chapter topics. But even that changed a little. Writing it took me a year and half. That’s because it is almost twice the size of the original going fr...

Recovery update - GETTING BACK!

I’m finally feeling like I am at the end of recovery (almost). I’m able to run on the alter G now with fairly normal speed up to 80 percent un weighted. Ironically the Achilles on either side isn’t eh part of my legs that gets the most tired or sore, so I take that as a good sign. I am able to bike almost normally. What is hard is the standing and n...

Muscle Cramps Question

Muscle cramps are one of the most perplexing problems endurance athletes face in training. I get several questions on what can be done about them every year. Here is such a question I just received. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Hi Joe, I have recently purchased the Fast After 50 book and currently working through it and trying to co...

One reason for a bad race

Look let’s be honest. Call it what you want, but it SUCKS when you have had a BAD RACE . Nobody plans for or hopes for that outcome. I wanted to share some of my thoughts on one of the main reasons it happens and how to avoid it . The most heard story in an Ironman debacle story is a nutrition one, or lack thereof. Here is what I think mos...

Update

I have been bad keeping this updated but honestly it’s because things have moved slowly, or maybe they haven’t, it just seems that way when it’s all you seem to think about every day. I did want to catch you all up though on where I am with the heels so if anyone wants to know for themselves. - I had a lot f ups and downs over the past ...