A Better Way to Run “Over-Under” Running Workouts

10000m OlympicsAsk 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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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! Continue reading

An Idiot’s Guide to Using a Muscle Oxygen Sensor

For the last few weeks, I have been utterly geeking out on using my BSX Insight Generation 2 muscle oxygen sensor.  If you’ve been following the buzz about muscle oxygenation, you’ll notice people talking about how this device will revolutionize sports training because it delivers what heart rate monitoring never could– an objective view into our bodies to see how we are responding to exercise stress.  But it’s awfully complicated getting simple answers.  This post pulls together a bunch of hours of crawling different websites and watching countless videos on muscle oxygenation. Continue reading

Lots of Data for 2016!

I’m still putting together my race report for the ITU World Duathlon Championships in Adelaide, Australia.  While I was away, however, UPS and the post man dropped off a ton of high-tech goodies.  Many of these were Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects from up to a year ago– they just all came to market at the same time.  This leaves me in a bit of data overload– but it should be awesome.  Here’s what I’ve got cooking. Continue reading

How I Travel with my Bike

Bike in Front of Washington MonumentI travel with my bike… a lot.  Well not as much as a professional cyclist.  But for an everyday age-group athlete, it’s a lot of traveling with my bike.  Most of the folks I talk to are petrified about damaging their bikes but I’ve had hardly any issues in the hundreds of thousands of miles that I’ve flown with my bike.  Here is a quick review of how I do it.

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