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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...

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...

Asphalt or Concrete, Which to Run On?

Here's one for which every running shoe shop employee thinks they know the best answer.If you just apply a little common sense, and physics of course, you can figure out what's best for your training be you a 60 mile per week athlete or one with lesser aspirations.Ready? They're equal.  Since both concrete and asphalt are easily 1,000 times harder t...

How to Get Out The Door on Those Mornings You Don't Want To

Not everyone can be an Ironman. Not everyone wants to be an Ironman. And, some that want to be an Ironman are told they don't have what it takes. But once you're an Ironman, you're an Ironman for eternity. It was an Ironman who came up with, "Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles, and brag for the rest of your life."  &...

Drink to Thirst or By Plan? The Big Guns Weigh In

How do we reconcile the thoughts of two respected, and usually correct triathlon information sources in this important matter?Last weeks blog, Drink to Thirst?  Hah!  It Doesn't Hold Water, buff.ly/2mGgv6R  was not only fun to write but one able to bring out a more complete picture of hydration. &nbsp...

Drink to Thirst? Hah! It Doesn't Hold Water.

While strolling through Youtube recently, listening to a little Juke Box Hero by Foreigner,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7tzi8wkYgI,  I found this below:“At my school in 5thgrade, some IT guy was leaving the school, so my class wrote a parody of this song called ‘Macbook Hero’ since he fixed the Apple Macbooks my school used. ...

Exercise More, Drink More Alcohol? They Talking About You?

 Whenever reassembling your bike, you'll get to a part that uses unique fasteners.  You will drop at least one. It will ping, tink and plunk off of 3 or 4 surfaces and then disappear from the space-time continuum!Later, after you've had a new one FedExed in, at a cost near the value of your LBS entire inventory, the old one will turn up. &a...

Stupid Triathlon Mistakes, Be Prepared Race Morning

"I've been told that swimming is a wimp sport. I don't see it. We don't get timeouts in the middle of a race, we can't stop and catch our breath, and we can't ask for a substitution."      Dusty HicksJust looks fast doesn't she? You bet.A physicians comment on supplements: "Health food stores are wonderlands of promise.  I...

Triathlete's, Donate Blood. One Day the Need Might Be Yours!

The Athlete's Guide to Donating BloodI wrote this for Ironman a couple years ago. With racing season still a ways away for those of us in the northern part of the country, we can still donate a unit and be back to full strength by Spring.  Even if you've never done this, when you walk out the door of the Red Cross or local blood bank after your dona...

What Every Athlete Needs to Know Regarding Pain Relievers

Save the world, win valuable prizes. Be a triathlete.                                                     ___________...

Have You Ever Flatted in an Ironman? We Polled in Kona

Congrats to all of you who gave up beer, wine, scotch, brandy, you name it for January! We had a contingent of folks from Ironman.com, Twitter and this blog.  Hearty congrats to all.  This was much easier for some than others and if you had no problem with it, hold a place in your heart for those whom this may have been a bit of a ...

Beware of "Our Top Spring Running Shoes" Surveys

Bobby Bowden, Famed Florida State football coach for over 30 yearsBowden was asked by a reporter about one of his linebackers. When describing that player, Bowden said “He doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘fear.’ In fact, I just saw his grades and he doesn’t know the meaning of a lot of words.” _________________________________________"...

When You Take Your Coach, PT and Chef to Your Ironman

The Name Game - a great rainy day/snowy day work out.  All you have to do is perform the exercise corresponding to each letter of your first, middle and last names. Rest 15 seconds between letters.  Repeat if you can....or if it's still raining.Good luck!________________________________________________To all who are participating in the Alc...

Supplements, Good or a Good Waste of Money?

As Women Age, They Naturally Lose HeightThe etiology of postmenopausal height loss is not well understood. Height loss among women probably begins in midlife. The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, which performed serial measurements of height over 9 years in a cohort of men and women, documented that height loss begins at approximately age 30 and increa...

Healthy Bones at Any Age, Reduce Your Fracture Risk

"We believe that foods labeled as reduced fat are lower in calories, higher in quality, and more natural. (In reality, foods labeled low fat, on average, contain about the same number of calories per serving as foods without that label."                      &a...

Thanks to the Reader, Alcohol-Free January, 2017 Goal Setting

Here We GoOur Alcohol-Free January has begun.  For many of you this will be noproblem.  But if last year is any guide, there are a few of us who are alittle better friends with Jack Daniels than we may have realized.  To youmy hat's off.  Know we're with you!Selling AbsenceHow many calories are in a hamburger?  Th...

Triathlon Speed 2.0, Eat a full Jar of Peanut Butter?

11%  The percentage of people asked who reported having eaten an entire jar of peanut butter in a single sitting, according to a survey conducted by Peter Pan Simply Ground.  Of 1000 plus subjects, 12% claimed they had hidden while eating peanut butter or lied about how much the ate.  Whether you opt to eat chunky or smooth, eat wi...

Holiday Fall Prevention, Alcohol-Free January

 My 12/16/2016 blog, Alcohol-Free January, Are You Up to theChallenge, http://buff.ly/2huu730 , introduced the 2017 edition of same.  A group of us did this in January 2016 and it worked. I got feedback from a number of athletes and I'll share the one I liked best with you.Dear Doctor Post,As an alcoholic in recovery-and I...

Alcohol Free January, Are You Up to the Challenge?

OK folks, here's round two.  Ready for this one?  In January 2016, I wrote a similar article for IRONMAN http://bit.ly/2humN7m and it was well received.  So well, in fact, that it seems logical to do it again.  On the Mayo Clinic web site then, the question was posed;"Does drinking alcohol kill brain cells?"This w...