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In the Days of Iron Men and Wooden Ships

What's the Best Diet for Triathletes? High fat? Low fat?  High carbs?  Low carbs? What's the best diet?  Who knows?  Dave Scott recently came out supporting a new study in the NY Times on the side of fat over carbs. http://nyti.ms/2wOSrT2.  Supporting the carb side was noted multisport author Matt Fitzge...

One Month Till Kona: What You Should See & Do

Joe Friel: My Mentor, My Friend, One month Till Kona This is my 663rd blog post.  I'd like to dedicate it to Joe Friel, my mentor, my friend, my patient.  None of what I have achieved in triathlon would be possible without him.  From coaching me for many years and meeting me at the finish line in Kona with an ice col...

Can Both a Father and Son Qualify for 70.3 Worlds in TN? Yep!

Do You Feel Guilty If You (think) You Train Too Much? As a triathlete and parent, you always wonder if you let the sport get in the way of your family.  "Do I short change the kids when I'm out on that long bike?"  Over the course of 11 years, with 3 kids growing up, I did enough training to run Kona 5 times.  As any of yo...

The Clasp of Kona - A Sport Where the People Win

Note in physician's log , men's changing tent 2016 Ironman Kona - "Athlete reports earplug stuck in ear.  Forceps extraction."  Just like that, the racer is on his way with hardly any time lost at all. Thanks for being there Dr. Charles Johnson! ___________________________________________ Kona start/finish lin...

Why Training With Other Triathletes Makes You Better

"I need help," she posted.                                                           &am...

The Triathlete in Pain, Opioid Avoidance/ Thank God I'm Not Racing Party

     A  "Thank God I'm Not Racing!"  Party in Kona?   Site of one TGINR party Although I'm lucky enough to go to Kona every October to work the event, I've missed the past couple TGINR parties as I'm usually still on the pier getting those last minute details finished so that com...

Variety, It's the Spice of Triathlon Training

Variety, it's the Spice of Training Obstacle course racing.  It's great!   If you've read this blog in the past, you know I'm a champion of variety in training and racing.  Keep it fresh.  Keep the interest level high.  In my circle of training buddies, many have done a Tough Mudder (or TM half,) Rug...

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. ...

Broken Foot 5 Weeks Before Kona; He Still Crosses the Line

Kona Snapshot: Brett Kruse  \\  ✉ A last-minute twisted ankle isn't going to keep this Legacy athlete from toeing the line at the race of his life. by John Post, MD Put your feet in this athlete’s shoes for a moment. You’ve been a triathlete for 16 years, finished countless short-course e...

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...

Considering PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) or Stem Cell Injection?

Some days, swim practice just seems too hard; that you'd rather be on this side of the pool with your seahorse life ring. It does get better though. Stem Cells and Platelet Rich Plasma ______________________ Whether or not the current enthusiasm shown by some in the emerging biologic choices in the treatment of musculoskele...

Making Success Out of Your Failures (non successes?)

First, a little triathlon humor. __________________________________________ What are you doing? Just wondering, who's the best? ____________________________________________________________ Making Success Out of Your Failures (non successes?) We all fail at one point or another.  We al...

We SwimBikeRun to Stay Young, We just Don't Know It

When you're out running on a road with traffic, you need to be one step ahead of the drivers. Same goes for the bike. _____________________________________________ From mysportscience.com "Thus, it is fair to conclude that the balance of evidence suggests that caffeine withdrawal to get a better effect of caffeine is a myth...

A Dog Swimming the Kona Race Course? Seriously?/Running Keeps You Physically Younger

Kimo the dog. I wear glasses, but my eyesight's not all that bad. While treading water at 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.   &a...

Posterior Tib Tendon, I'd Take Any Risk to Tie Back the Hands of Time

This is an edited redo.  One of my most popular blogs of all time. Certainly the one that has generated to most "will I ever be able to exercise again?" mail came from that writing.  If you're reading this as one with the problem, why not make a pit stop by the Q&A that follows the previous post. It serves as a good...

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 ...

Why Can't You Swim Straight?

Pay Your Lifeguard With Wet Dollar Bills On Saturdays, a sizable group of triathletes and open water swimmers meet early in the season at one of the area man-made lakes for open-water training.  It iss invaluable to work on swimming in a pack, sighting, getting used to a wet suit for some, etc.  Some claimed it to be their most advant...

Mindset. Your Best Training Attitude for Success

"I had once had a pro athlete who had a bad race in Kona and so was walking the marathon. Some spectators offered him a beer. He drank it. Someone reported it. He was banned for 1 year. We never knew that was a rule. After that we did. Doubt that very many would know this." J. Friel  We all know...

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...

Don't Tug On Superman's Cape. Or Ironman Head Ref Jimmy Riccitello

Jimmy Riccitello, Ironman Head Referee You don't tug on Superman's cape You don't spit into the wind You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger And you don't mess around with Jim * *If you happen to be in an Ironman triathlete that is!   ________________________________________________________________ B...