Quick Announcement: The LVL Hydration Monitor

As endurance athletes, how many of us haven’t had an episode in a race or in training when we haven’t become dehydrated?  Of course, all of us have.  A few weeks back, the really bright folks at BSX Insight announced that they were developing a hydration monitor and I couldn’t be more excited about the project.

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Longtime readers of this blog may remember that I’ve been using the BSX Insight muscle oxygenation monitor for guiding my workouts.   I’m a big fan— and so are the guys at USA Cycling.  Considering that they used the technology for a gold in women’s pursuit at the World Championships (and now a silver in Rios), they are obviously on to something great.

Now BSX is putting those same smarts to use for keeping us hydrated.  Head on over to their announcement site and sign up for the latest news.  While pre-orders begin on September 14, they are giving away a ton of goodies (e.g. Amazon Echo, Withings scale, Wahoo Elemnt, Jaybird Earphones, and other products from Camelback, Gu, Nuun and Outdoor Voice) beginning August 22nd and leading up to the event.

This is not only big news for endurance athletes but an important step forward for everyone.  Even mild dehydration is serious stuff.  For instance, 60% of people who have strokes are dehydrated to some degree.  I’m not a medical doctor but I’m sure that a lot of other serious medical conditions are adversely affected by dehydration as well.  So even if you don’t care about how hydration is affecting your sports performance, you have pretty good reason to care about hydration generally.  To me, this is particularly good news because, as anyone who knows me can tell you, I drink about as much water as a cactus when left to my own.

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Report: Seattle-to-Portland Ride

For the second time, I rode in the Seattle-to-Portland (STP) Bike Ride.  This is an enormous, organized group ride that traverses the 200+ miles separating these two awesome cities in the Pacific Northwest.  Normally, I don’t blog about events that aren’t races or training camps, but I thought I’d capture my thoughts for the next time I have to do a really long ride in the middle of race season.  I’ll try to keep the report brief and focus on my observations and tips at the end. Read more ›

Posted in Other Trips

USAT Duathlon National Championship (Bend, Oregon) – A Race Report and Lessons Learned

The Finish Line at USAT Duathlon NationalsThis wasn’t my greatest race result by a long shot, but it was the result that I deserved.  As I mentioned in my last post, my body has been a house of cards this year.  Maybe a teetering stack of Jenga blocks is a better metaphor with each race being like pulling out another supportive block from the bottom.  Any way you look at it, I’m frail this year; one tiny mistake and everything comes toppling down.  That happened in Avilés when my back went out and boy did it cost me.  This time everything held up—consequently, Nationals were definitely easier and faster than Avilés even though it was at about 3,500 feet of altitude.  But I was also definitely racing well within my already compromised limits.

I’m going to write this race report a little differently because I don’t want to focus as much on the actual race as much as what I’ve learned from doing the race and what I’m doing about it.  Even though I’m not in ideal shape, I am excited and I have a plan.  Also towards the end, I’ll mention some of the longer term challenges that affected both this race and Avilés—as well as what I’ve learned from going through this darker period.  So let’s dig right in! Read more ›

Posted in Big Races, Cycling Training, General Training Ideas, Injury Prevention and Treatment, Recovery Products, Running Training

Race Report: ITU Duathlon World Championship 2016 (Avilés, Spain)

This was the most improbable race!  A week ago, I said I couldn’t do it.  The night before the race, I said I couldn’t do it.  And, entering T2, I said that I certainly couldn’t do it.  Never in the 35+ years that I’ve been a competitive runner and cyclist– and in all the hundreds and hundreds of races that I’ve done– I have never faced so much doubt about my ability to do a race.  Yet somehow it came together.  It wasn’t pretty or gloriously fast, but it came together nonetheless.  This race report won’t talk about all the amazingly cool things about the race—it will focus mostly on my injuries and how a World Championship somehow came together despite it all. Read more ›

Posted in Big Races, Travel

Using EMS Before a Big Race

Compex EMS DevicesIn about a month, I am competing in the ITU World Duathlon Championship in Aviles, Spain.  Then, about three weeks, later, it’s on to USAT Duathlon Nationals (with a rather hilly bike course).  Yet in the last two races I’ve been in, my legs have taken an unusual beating.  Here’s a quick post on an idea that I have for solving this problem. Read more ›

Posted in General Training Ideas

Race Report: Mount Rainier Duathlon (Race 4 of 2016)

Here is my race report for the Mount Rainier Duathlon– a race I told myself I’d never do again.  This time, it didn’t turn out so bad (3rd in my age group and 29th overall) but it sure hurt. Read more ›

Posted in Race Reports, Smaller Races

Race Report: Spring Classic Duathlon (Race 3 of 2016)

This is a quick race report for the 2016 Spring Classic Duathlon in Portland, Oregon.   Read more ›

Posted in Race Reports, Smaller Races, Uncategorized
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