Nothing makes an athlete more grumpy than a cold. Taking time off to lay in bed feeling miserable is not quality rest, it is pure torture. Especially while you watch your training partners out training, getting fitter and winning races while you struggle to even turn the pedals. This spring, I had two MONTHS of alternating sick in bed a few days, feeling miserable a few days, a few days of crappy training, then one positive training day, only to find myself back in bed sick. It has been a nightmare. Lots of people I know have told stories about themselves or co-workers dealing with nightmarish flu bugs and allergies this season, but this experience has been something altogether new for me. Now, two months after my first symptoms of a cold, I am finally on antibiotics, but hopefully this is the last step to getting healthy. Read more
This section will contain advice on training and specific workouts to try. Advice on swim, bike and run are included as well as more triathlon specific brick training and ideas on nutrition.
I have a history of being a swimmer, then a runner, then a cyclist, and finally a triathlete. Years of training have added up to good fitness for a triathlete, but along the way I lost some of my form as a runner. Without good technique for any sport, you will be less successful, thus, in the interest of better technique and efficiency, I added treadmill training to my regimen? Read more
The beginning of February.. it is so foreign to me that I still basically have three months at home before I am leaving for racing. Last year I was getting ready to go win the NOVA cross country in Arizona? this year I am getting ready to go run the Cedar 12km. Yes, some big changes in the training program this year. Instead of blazing a path through the spring cycling classics, I am getting my butt handed to me by the incredibly talented Vancouver Island running community. Loving every minute of it! Read more
This season, I finally decided to consult a nutrition expert to see if my diet was really as fabulous as I believed it was. I did this for two reasons. The first was to see if I was squeezing every food-related training advantage I could out of my diet. The second was the desire to lose some weight, and not just for vanity’s sake, I would benefit from an improved power to weight ratio. It is much easier to alter this ratio by reducing weight than busting ass to try and increase power, which at my level can take years to alter by a miniscule amount. Everyone knows that food affects not only our weight, but also our body’s ability to grow and repair muscle, and our immunity. The highest quality diet should be on all of our to-do lists, but somehow this to-do list is completely eclipsed by our want-to-do list, and the former list is often not as fun or desirable as the latter. I was concerned with improving my health, but was a naturopathic doctor going to be the answer? Read more