I started this post while I was sick with an awful chest cold. It was so bad that I had to pull out of USAT Duathlon Nationals– so much for a trip to the World Championship in Spain next year! But that also means I had a few moments to focus on blog posts– and, in this case, product reviews. While I’m always tinkering with lots of different products and ideas, not many of them actually “stick” and really show promise. The ones that don’t make the cut rarely get a word from me and only a few of the promising ones get a review. This is one of those few products. Continue reading
Using the Humon Muscle Oxygen Sensor
I just got back from my busiest conference of the year in San Diego. While I was there, I had a chance to put together some of my thoughts on the new Humon Muscle Oxygen Sensor and how it plays a valuable role in my training. Continue reading
Playing with Xert– Part 3
This my overdue third post on using Xert to track my cycling and running fitness. This post discusses how to add running into the mix. My first post in this trilogy described why Xert is such a useful product. In my second post, I wrote about using Xert smart workouts to turn Xert into the world’s smartest coach as well as integrating those features into Zwift to give you a really a fun and super-effective workout. If your only sport is cycling, those posts pretty much tell you all you need to know. But most of you are multisport athletes and this post talks about how to incorporate Xert to all of those other sports. This post is specific to running– but it could apply just as easily to any other endurance sport where power measuring technology is common (e.g. rowing). Continue reading
Playing with Xert– Part 2
In my last post, I introduced a new tool that I have been playing with called Xert. In this post, I’ll describe why it can be the smartest coach you could have— and how to use it with Zwift. In my third (and last) post in this series, I’ll explain how I’ve been using Xert to track running in addition to cycling. Continue reading
Playing with Xert– Part 1
As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been playing with Baron Biosystem’s Xert for the last few months. It’s an interested and amazing product that fits part of my 2018 training schedule. I’m breaking this post into three bite-size parts. First, I’ll talk about why Xert is such an amazing product. Next, I’ll discuss how to use the Xert ConnectIQ Player, which is the most effective (but evil) realtime coach you could ever have. Finally, I’ll share my thoughts about how to integrate running and cycling into Xert.
Finding the Right Online Training Tool
A buddy reminded me this weekend that I haven’t posted in awhile. Then another friend was talking to me about online tools and software that we each use for tracking performance. Combine the two streams of thought and you’ve got a very quick blog post. So here’s what I’m playing with… Continue reading
Lactate Tolerance and Stacker Workouts
As I mentioned in my last post, anticipatory grieving saw me doing a lot of hard intervals over the last year. This short post describes a really cool workout that I did, how I expect to change it in the coming months, and why I think it’s a pretty vital part of my future workout plans. Continue reading
Running and Grieving
For the last ten months, I have been dealing with anticipatory grieving– and using my running to help me cope. I’m not a psychologist and I can only talk about my personal experiences and thoughts on the subject. Continue reading
A Long Time Away…
Yesterday, my cat Rudy passed away from congestive heart failure (CHF). During the ten months that we struggled with his condition, I’ve been virtually silent on The Athletic Time Machine. Every extra bit of my emotional energy that I could have spent on this site during this time was spent instead on Rudy’s care. While CHF is a terrible degenerative disease that most of us never think about, I’ve learned far too much about it in cats. In fact, I’ve started a blog for other pet owners who facing CHF. I wouldn’t wish CHF on anyone– or their pets. And while I’m posting there, I also hope to be posting a lot more content here as well.
A Better Way to Run “Over-Under” Running Workouts
Ask any elite triathlete or runner about some of their most effective workouts and it’s highly likely that so-called “over-under” workouts will come up fairly quickly because they are devastatingly effective. I’ve always performed miserably at these workouts but I’ve recently found a new way to hit them pretty precisely. This post shares what I learned. Continue reading
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