What a week we had in Barcelona, Europe’s Modernista architecural marvel. Followed by a train ride to and a few days in Madrid. The US really needs to embrace the low cost air carrier, regional airport, and train transportation options that Europe has. So many of the fellow travelers we met, who were from Europe, were in Barcelona on some ridiculously low airfare trip from London, Germany, etc. We are almost intentionally limiting social mobility and economic development by not opening up our transportation options.
Recently I discovered the “On” brand of shoes after doing some research and reading reviews in various athletic magazines. On is a Swedish manufacturer and relative new comer to the shoe game. Their differentiator is the use of the Pocket cushioning system in the sole. This scientific approach creates a number of individualized air pockets across the bottom of the shoe. This system adapts to almost any foot strike pattern and running form. Moreover, it gives the shoe a very lightweight feel by not carrying so much cushion material in the sole. In this review, I will discuss and rate the Cloudflow model from On. This particular model is the most akin to the low profile, minimalist, and racer style of the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit.
This month’s fitness challenge is all about running. In all my years of running, I have had very much a love/hate relationship with it. However, after the events at the Boston Marathon last year, I will always 100% appreciate my ability to do it. There will always be those days I would rather sleep in than bang out another five miles; but the right to make that choice on my accord is what makes Freedom so great. Unfortunately, too many had that choice taken from them by a couple of degenerates not even worth mentioning.
This race was the first event of 2014 for us. We at first heard about the hot chocolate series while living in Atlanta and heard lots of good things about this series from our friends. This series is mostly a fun run type of event, incorporating live music, hot chocolate finisher mug at the finish, warm sweat shirts instead of t-shirts and comfortable race distances. Additionally, for us what makes participating in this event enticing was a combination of factors. The event falls early in enough in the year that it would help motivate us to stay in shape over the holidays. The 15K distance is just the right length to train for that doesn’t require the heavy volumes of a triathlon or half marathon. Also, the swag is not half bad.
“Dreaming Season”…it’s the time of year when we, as athletes, start to think of all the ways that we may go further, race smarter, and be better in the coming year. To kick off the dreaming season, November is all about YOU. We’ll be asking about YOUR dreams, sharing YOUR stories, and celebrating the possibility of what YOU could achieve in 2014.
"Richard Bakare", 10K, 13.1, 15K, 21K, 26.2, 42K, Angela Huynh, Augusta Ironman, Big Sur International Marathon Relay, Cycling, Half Marathon, HITS Napa Triathlon, Hot Chocolate 15/5K Race, IronMan, Jungle Run, Marathon, March Triathlon Series, Olympic Distance, Peachtree Road Race, Running, San Diego Challenge Triathlon, San Francisco Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon, San Jose Rock n' Roll Half Marathon, Splash & Dash Evening Series, Sprint Distance, Swimming, The Reservoir Triathlon at Morgan Hill, Training Peaks, TRI for Real Olympic Distance Triathlon, Triathlon, Triathlon at Pacific Grove, Tyler Lu, Wildflower Triathlon
I’ve been at this endurance sports thing (1 hour or longer events) for a few years now and next year feels like it will be my senior year in the my endurance training education. Through those years I have definitely seen some grade A performances but there have been some F’s and everything in between. Reflecting back, I think I have finally come close to defining the training formula, that allows work/life balance along with injury prevention. The tips in this post come out of all of my collected mental notes from the past few years. This guide is not a one size fits all, but a blue print I have found that works and that you can tailor for yourself.
Every year around this time, I find myself in a struggle trying to balance the need to rest after a long competition season and wanting to maintain a good fitness base until the next year starts. The hardest part is trying to maintain the motivation in light of not having any races on the calendar and the dropping temperatures outside. The thought of just writing off the day and sleeping in, becomes more and more appealing. Each year, I have tried to define a training plan for maintaining a minimum fitness standard but have often found that the busy nature of the holidays, work, and overall training fatigue, blows up those plans. Last year in particular, was pretty bad. I did almost nothing, notching some of my lowest performance totals in years, see below.
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I have rediscovered my love of running. The marathons I ran a few years ago crushed my enjoyment of all things running and it has taken a couple of years to get back my passion for running. How fitting that I should get it back shortly after completing my first Half Ironman and while training for my 10th Half Marathon race. The month of September 2013 and the beginning of October have truly been record breaking. I covered more miles in the last 4 weeks 150+ than I ever did over any 4 week span when training for marathons. I’ve been telling people that think I have finally figured out the training formula for injury free endurance sports. I will go more into that formula in a separate posts later this year when I have it all properly detailed out.
12 weeks of training came down to one long day on Sunday, September 8th. We can finally say that we have done it. Angela, myself and a couple of other friends, completed a 70.3 mile half Ironman triathlon race. I read somewhere that the percentage of the population who have completed that distance is 1% or less. Therefore, we are officially in a fringe group of endurance junkies. I am very proud to be a member of such a unique and intense group of folks. Also, given that we recovered so well from the race in the first 24 hours, I am pretty sure we will be doing many more long course triathlons in the future. I decided to share a complete race breakdown, leg by leg, with you below, so that you know not only how things went in detail for us but also how the Big Kahuna itself was run.