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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...

Unconventional Thinking

I suppose I'm a bit of a heretic. I seldom accept things at face value just because that's "the way we've always done it" or just because an "expert" says it should be done that way. Or, my favorite, which always starts with, "everybody knows..." I always ask myself why. Why should...

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...

Madison 70.3 - first "Race" back.

Well, that was interesting. I did Madison 70.3 yesterday. It was my first race back from all my surgeries and injuries. A brief re cap – I had surgery on both of my Achilles over the last 14 mo. That’s about a 12-month rehab process, and while I thought I could beat that timeline, I wasn’t able to. I think I could have with 1 but the issues around having bot...

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...

CTL Concerns

The following is a portion of an email I received today from a US serviceman in Afghanistan. He expresses quite well a common concern I hear from athletes in regards to their Chronic Training Load (CTL) on the TrainingPeaks Performance Management Chart (PMC). ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The email: Joe, I’m something of a CTL junkie when it comes to traini...

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...

Training: Stress, Fatigue, Recovery, Adaptation

A hard workout only creates the potential for fitness. It’s realized when you recover afterwards. When you take it easy after a hard workout the body’s adaptive process kicks in and you become more fit. During recovery the body restores itself by rebuilding damaged cells, creating new neural pathways, expanding capillary beds, rebalancing its chemistry, deve...

Fueling for training and racing

My take on metabolic efficiency when it comes to training and racing. As someone who struggled big time with nutrition and stomach issues, I tried every trick in the book to try to figure it out. When I did, it was a HUGE change in my results. Here are my thoughts and beliefs. Metabolic efficiency is the way to go as the foundation of how you eat and train. ...

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...