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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 partyAlthough 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 come the starting cannon in the m...

Variety, It's the Spice of Triathlon Training

Variety, it's the Spice of TrainingObstacle 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,) Rugged Maniac, Spar...

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, MDPut your feet in this athlete’s shoes for a moment. You’ve been a triathlete for 16 years, finished countless short-course events, 13 IRONMAN races, and you can’t believe your good fortune: you finall...

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 musculoskeletal injuries, arthritis and the like i...

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 almost all DNF at one point or another.  We almost all DNF at som...

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. The recommendation from us is theref...

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.    &...

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 library and just...

Why Can't You Swim Straight?

Pay Your Lifeguard With Wet Dollar BillsOn 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 advantageous ...

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 some triathletes who are work out fiends.  You...

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

Jimmy Riccitello, Ironman Head RefereeYou don't tug on Superman's capeYou don't spit into the windYou don't pull the mask off that old Lone RangerAnd you don't mess around with Jim**If you happen to be in an Ironman triathlete that is! ________________________________________________________________Before the blog, first this about the enormous good...

Being Afraid. The Injured Triathlete, Possibly You?

Climbing Mountains, Being AfraidThe finish line, you can stop, your day is a success and it's not even 10am! Woot, woot!    Although we as triathletes push pretty hard sometimes, we’re rarely outside our comfort zone in other than a physical sense.  In a previous blog, I briefly described hiking the John Muir Trail with my...

All Triathlon Careers End Some Day. Is Today Your Day?

Maybe it's time to think that you may have packed your last special needs bag.  Put a different spin on your future.  But then, to one degree or another, don't we all think about the future?  Some of us more than others? There comes a time when we need to move on.  Triathlon becomes a less significant factor in li...

Bike Crashes; If You Ride Long Enough....

The author with three elated 2016 finishers"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do."                                   &...

April is National Donate Life Month. Might You Have the Need One Day?

"I been up, I been down. Take my word, my way around.  I ain't askin' for much."         ZZ TopVolunteers, the life blood of any race.____________________________Organ, eye and tissue transplants offer patients a new chance at healthy, productive and normal lives and return them to their families, friends...

"Why is it That the One Who Snores Always Falls Asleep First?

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls sleeplessness a public health concern. Good sleep helps brain plasticity, studies in mice have shown; poor sleep will make you fat and sad, and then will kill you.  Where we're concerned, it'll help make you the athlete you want to be.One of the negatives of being a triat...

MRI's Are Good, But Are They Good For You?

So, after putting your bike on the rack on the car after today's ride, you accidentally step back off the curb and roll your ankle. This is pain, big time pain, as you reflexively flop around on the pavement in agony. As the intensity slowly dissipates, and your bike buddies encourage you to get up if you can and get out of the traffic, you find that you can...

Asphalt or Concrete, Which to Run On?

Here's one for which every running shoe shop employee thinks they know the best answer.If you just apply a little common sense, and physics of course, you can figure out what's best for your training be you a 60 mile per week athlete or one with lesser aspirations.Ready? They're equal.  Since both concrete and asphalt are easily 1,000 times harder t...

How to Get Out The Door on Those Mornings You Don't Want To

Not everyone can be an Ironman. Not everyone wants to be an Ironman. And, some that want to be an Ironman are told they don't have what it takes. But once you're an Ironman, you're an Ironman for eternity. It was an Ironman who came up with, "Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles, and brag for the rest of your life."  &...