An Example of Using Muscle Oxygenation During Interval Workouts

A little over a week ago, I ran some hard intervals at the track with my muscle oxygen sensor.  I really should have been watching my muscle oxygen values a bit more closely as they would have made the workout a lot more effective.  Here are my lessons learned– and how you can use the same strategy in your workouts. Continue reading

Training Different Kinds of Runners

SalesmanEvery week, I get flooded with emails promising to make me a better person.  Nothing new there.  Among the promises to cure baldness, erectile dysfunction, and the other ravages of old age, there are also emails that promise to improve my running.  It is the last ones that pique my interest.  And, in the past, I’ve swallowed the bait.  I’ve downloaded their training plans.  I got excited as I embarked on my new plan, all the while dreaming of crushing a new PR in the 10-K.  And I usually didn’t improve at all– or I got injured. Continue reading

Comparing Power Meter Data on a Bicycle

I have been playing with multiple power meters on my bike recently so that I can use a different power meter with my new disk wheels.  This has been a project since well before the ITU World Championship in early October.  The results of this comparison will be the subject of a future post.  Today’s post is about something much geekier– how to actually compare power meter data. Continue reading

Training Tip: Using Short Recovery Intervals in Your Training

This post covers two completely different training ideas that share a common link– very short recoveries.  They are both super-potent but in different ways.  First, I will talk about high-intensity intervals (HIIT).  Then I will also tackle using short recoveries in a very different context– long aerobic “broken” intervals.  If there is one “ah hah” moment in my coaching and athletic training over the last year, it’s been all about using short recoveries.

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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

100 Posts and More to Come!

stars-159801_640This is just a quick post announcing that, with our last post (Running Well Off the Bike), The Athletic Time Machine hit 100 posts!  We’re only 16 months old and already have a ton of content.  To our readers, we send out a huge thank you for your support and enthusiasm.  If you’re an older multisport athlete who wants to beat your younger competitors, stay tuned.  And, if you’re new to this page, be sure to check out our Summary of Posts page and you’ll be an expert in no time.

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Running Well Off the Bike

“It always comes down to the last run,” my old coach used to warn me.  Yet many triathletes and duathletes will admit that they have miserable final runs.  Their legs turn to blocks of concrete and their pace falls far short of their potential.  A lousy run seems to be a rite of passage for most multisport athletes– and it takes a very long time until the run finally starts coming together.  This short blog post will hopefully shorten the learning curve. Continue reading