COOKING TIME | Antioxidant-Packed Almond Trail Mix

Ingredients: 3 cups Blue Diamond Almonds, 3/4 cup (unsweetened) dried cherries, ... Read More

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COOKING TIME | Brussels Sprouts with Shallots & Almonds

Directions: Trim ends of Brussels sprouts. Cut in halves, or quarters, depending on size, for even cooking. In a large skillet (I prefer cast iron), ... Read More

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You know, your mom was right after all - failing to plan is planning to fail.

When you’re short on time and your days are hectic, plan ahead! Prepare a travel pack with snacks and beverages that support your performance eating plan. Items that ... Read More

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How to Prepare for Any Race

One of the great things about endurance sports is there is a flavor for everyone. Do you like going long? No problem. Dirty Kanza, Ride Across Wisconsin and Ironman are probably right up your alley. Love slogging away for infinitesimal gains? Time trials and triathlons provide the outlet you’re looking for. Are you an anaerobic anomaly? Look no further than your local criterium or the velodrome. The wide range of endurance activities (all of these including the bike, of course) might make you think that everyone needs to train in vastly different ways. Read More

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Practice Makes You Perfect…or at Least Better

Endurance sports and competition require a lot of practice. The amount of time spent preparing for even a single event dwarfs the actual duration of the event. This huge volume of training is necessary, not only to develop the physical reserves to handle the demands of the event, but also to train the body in efficient movement patterns to maximize economy. When it comes to competition, it’s never quite the same as training. Read More

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There is No Normal

Math is great. Most of us probably take for granted how important it is in our daily lives. Behind all of our fancy cars, computers and mobile devices are complex equations designed to make our lives simpler. Read More

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How Much Should This Hurt?

Take your pick of cliché statements from motivational posters. In order to improve athletic performance, you have to exceed your previous limits to induce new change. But by how much do you need to exceed those limits? Put another way, how much should it hurt? The stimulus for growth can come from time, intensity or frequency of training. This is only the stimulus. Real growth occurs during recovery as the body responds to the stresses that were placed upon it in an attempt to gird itself against future assaults. If the stimulus imposed is too drastic, or rest is inadequate, you will overwhelm the body’s ability to respond and adapt. Read More

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Where Do We Use FTP?

Most have likely encountered the term “FTP” in training parlance. The acronym stands for Functional Threshold Power and refers to maximum effort you could produce over an effort of roughly one hour. In comparison to a laboratory blood lactate test, FTP is a representation of work you can actually do, rather than analysis of physiological markers that correspond to a certain level of performance. Read More

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Successfully Introducing Strength Training

The fall is a time for many things. It marks the end of the race season for many athletes, a transition to slightly less focus and a shift in workout emphasis. During the season, it’s important to work on limiters--areas that specifically detract from your ability to perform in your goal races. In the off-season, that focus should shift toward addressing weaknesses--areas that don’t necessarily limit your performance, but are out of balance with the rest of your fitness profile. You all know the adage about the weakest link. Addressing limiters helps to improve the areas in which you’re already strong by creating a stronger overall system. One area that is a common limiter is functional strength. Read More

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This Can Happen to Anyone

At this year’s Big Shoulders 5K Swim in Chicago, I finished 8th in my heat, 81st swimmer overall in the race, 20th woman and I won my age group, W50-54. This is all fine and dandy, but the race didn’t go well for me at all. Read More

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