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Friday, July 29, 2011

Video Bike analysis–take 1

You know I have been playing with a video camera for the past few weeks.  Well, I set up my bike trainer in the garage and took the following video.  I have done a dozen + sprints, several Olympic, 2 70.3’s and a full ironman on this bike in this basic configuration.  Boy I look cramped.  Any criticism is welcome.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

You have seen the best, now the rest

I agree, that 88 MPH on Tyler Farrar’s Stage 3 win seems questionable – even fantastic.  But if you look at the speed chart it is not even a spike – there is a large block at the end of the stage that is 70+ MPH.  INCREDIABLE. -

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Now for the rest. 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

TDF 2011 Garmin Connect Files

Ever wonder the stats of the riders during the TDF.  I do.  I found the Garmin Cervelo Garmin Connect account - here.  Wow, is all I have to say.

 

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Resting Heart Rate and Overtraining

What is over training? From Wikipedia:

Overtraining is a physical, behavioral, and emotional condition that occurs when the volume and intensity of an individual’s exercise exceeds their recovery capacity. They cease making progress, and can even begin to lose strength and fitness. Overtraining is a common problem in weight training, but it can also be experienced by runners and other athletes.

Some of the symptoms of overtraining are:

§ Persistent muscle soreness

§ Persistent fatigue

§ Elevated resting heart rate

§ Reduced heart rate variability

§ Increased susceptibility to infections

§ Increased incidence of injuries

§ Irritability

§ Depression

§ Mental breakdown

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Sitting at my desk

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tour de France–rider via Twitter

Have you been following the Tour de France?  This is one of the most exciting tours that I have ever witnessed!  There really are several riders that can win the race.

On top of that it is the most interactive Tour de France ever.  Have you been following the riders via twitter?  I have.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Ankle better–check, back to running

I stayed off of the run all week, since I turned my ankle last Sunday while trail running.  In addition to the turned ankle I got a crick in my neck last Tuesday.  Well, the only day that I ran was when I was shooting some video – watch the video here.  I ran less than 100 yards on the swollen ankle and the stiff neck.  We must be bobble heads while we run.  That little bit of running really tweaked the neck.

Speaking of the video, I really appreciate the comments.  I am not sure how to go about ‘correcting’ my form but I am going to work on it.  My stride reminds me of swimming and crossing the center line.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Two yoke frog in the hole

I just got back from a 10 mile run with some friends.  I eaten breakfast before the run.  Hunger was setting in quick.

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Toasting

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And a successful flip!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Video Run analysis–take 1

Recently I have been playing with a video camera.  I wanted to take a look at my running form – gait, stride, etc.  I thought, what better place than the football stadium.  I knew it would flat and smooth.  Even more important I knew that it would have straight lines.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

2011 Sunfish–Lessons Learned

I have raced three triathlons this year. They have all been hot and tough. Last weekend was the Sunfish. This was my first triathlon 5 years ago. Let us look back at this race.

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A hard effort!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Trail running with turned ankles

We were all a little stiff getting out of the car after the Sunfish.  Nothing major since the race is short but we could feel it in our legs.
Monday’s are generally my off days (at least for the legs – just Master’s swim) so I wanted to get a few mile running.  However, since there was fatigue in the legs I did not want a block of structured hard miles. 
I have been a ‘product tester’ for Reebok for a while now.  Last week I received a pair of trail walking / hiking shoes.  They have some kind of zipper technology and are made from gore-tex.  I thought I might find some standing water and stream to run through.  I have been wearing them everyday.  They are comfortable and fit me well.
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Monday, July 11, 2011

2011 Sunfish Race Report

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I had my alarm set for 3AM. The coffee maker started at 2:45AM. I woke up without difficulty. The truck was already loaded up. I prepared a bowl of oatmeal and had a cup of coffee. I made my way to Lance’s just a couple of miles away.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Back to Mississippi

After a good visit with family it is back to Mississippi.  I got in a couple of good hot and hilly runs and spent some time at the lake with my nieces and nephew.

I’ll leave you with a photo of Big George Hincapie’s legs.  They have always been like that but people are always amazed when they see them during the tour.

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Wow – !

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jillian at the Wellness Center

After the hill repeats I went to the Wellness center with my father.  Since the beginning of the year he has quit smoking, started exercising and writing a blog …

His routine consists of a mile or two warm up on the treadmill at a brisk walk.  Brisk is really brisk meaning 3.5 to 4.5 MPH with bursts up to 5.5 MPH – all at an incline of 1.5.  That is a fast walk.

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This is Body Pump

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hill repeats

I woke up early here in East Texas.  I had my coffee and then headed outside.  At the end of the driveway is a hill on both sides.  I let my GPS watch sync up and slipped on my racing flats.  I also grabbed my orange cones. 

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Not my hill …

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Monday, July 4, 2011

More TT bricks!

A good portion of the B-team showed up at the house at 6AM on this Independence Day.  We were going to repeat the session from Saturday.  This would be riding the time trial course at a good effort (somewhat less than all out) and then running a 1 mile brick.  We would repeat this twice.

The Time Trial course is an 11.8 mile out and back route.  I just happen to live 1/8 of a mile from the start.  This makes my house an ideal transition area. 

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The time trial swim start at the Sunfish

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Prioritize your workout objectives for bigger gains.

I was talking with an athlete the other day. We were discussing specific types of workouts. This was concerning running but it applies equally to swimming and cycling. When you do a workout do you think about what you are trying to achieve? What is the most important aspect of the session?  Here are the basics.

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