Duathlon: more than triathlon's poor relation Duathlon is sometimes derided as triathlon's poor cousin. But if, like me, you're addicted to running and love cycling, but can't get over your fear of that frenzied first swim leg, then the run-bike-run could be the challenge for you. Scared by tales of competitors grabbing ankles, ripping off goggles or overtaking by swimming right over the top of fellow athletes, I spent 12 months having lessons, got hold of a wetsuit, entered a half-Ironman … and bottled it. In the battle for public attention, duathlon has clearly lost to tri. Its world champions – the Belgian Rob Woestenborghs and Ai Ueda from Japan – are unknowns compared with Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, or recently retired Ironman athlete Chrissie Wellington. Dermott Hayes, from multisports coaching and training company RG Active, said: "Ten years ago duathlon was on a par with triathlon in terms of interest. "Unfortunately duathlon hasn't grabbed attention in the same way as tri. "Everyone was very encouraging. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
If Everyone Knew This, No One Would Be Fat Mike Vacanti is a NYC based Nutrition Coach and Trainer. He blogs – mostly on diet, training and psychology – and also runs a successful online coaching business. Part head in the clouds, part nose to the grindstone – Mike believes owning your fitness regimen will blur the line between dream and reality as every area of your life is enhanced. Visit Mike on his Website, Facebook, Twitter or Fitocracy. You’re Screwed from the Start When you think about losing weight, there is very likely a misalignment between your expectations and realistic results. It’s not your fault; big media, deceitful marketing, and gimmicky before/after photos make us all believe that weight loss is easy. It isn’t. There is no secret. There is no magic program. Nope. Rather, what is actually required to lose weight is a calorie deficit over a period of time, often a lonnnng time. That’s not so bad, is it? Yeah, it’s not so bad, if “not so bad” means waterboard me and pull off my fingernails instead. 1. 2. “….No bun.” 3. 4.
The 10 Best autumn running kit - Outdoor & Activity - IndyBest 2. Adidas Reflective Vest If you don’t want to fork out on a high-visibility jacket, simply slip this bit of kit over your existing top and head off into the horizon in the knowledge that you’ll be spotted easily from quite a distance. £20, johnlewis.com 3. You may not find yourself drinking as much as on those summer runs, but you still need to rehydrate whatever the weather. £20.49, sigg.com 4. Running jackets don’t get better than this. £115, thenorthface.co.uk 5. These are expensive for gloves, but worth the investment. £60, jack-wolfskin.co.uk 6. T-shirts won’t cut it now that the weather’s getting colder. £50, 7. For many people, it’s not enough to just get out and exercise. £79.99, fitbit.com 8. Kill two birds with one stone with this high-performance sports headphone set that doubles up as a high-visibility armband. £104.88, qvc.com 9. Who would have thought a pair of socks could achieve so much? £12.95, incrediweardirect.co.uk 10. £100, merrell.com
If you're sitting there wondering, "I'm losing my hair, what do I do?" then read my advice here. I've been fighting the fight for 7 years, with great success. (pictures included) : tressless Learn To Power Over Hills, And Then Repeat Don’t let hills stand in your way of getting a PR at your next race. Follow these training tips and you’ll be prepared. Unfortunately, when a hill comes up on a racecourse there is no other way to get to the other side other than to go over it. This can be difficult for those of us whose times take a hit by an incline, no matter how small it is. Hill repeats are your best plan of attack for getting your body physically ready to head up to higher ground. After you have warmed up find a hill steep enough that requires you to spring off your toes, or has around a 10 percent grade. RELATED: Hit The Hills, Reap The Benefits Fatigue is going to hit you hard when pushing up hill and form is the first thing to fail. 1. 2. 3. 4. Work in hill repeats to your running schedule once or twice a week and you are sure to power over any hill in your next race. RELATED: Workout Of The Week: Steep Hill Sprints FILED UNDER: Training TAGS: Hill Repeats / Training
8 Fitness Motivation Videos to Get You Pumped By JESS BARRON If you're anything like me, you probably experience days where you could use a little push to get motivated to give your all in a tough workout, a run outdoors, or even a yoga class. Some days it feels challenging just to muster the energy and the willpower. Luckily, we live in the era of online video. LIVESTRONG.COM writer Joe Donatelli (and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps) have both admitted that they get inspired by the famous "Rocky IV" training montage. But maybe Rocky and Sylvester Stallone don’t quite do it for you... Simply by searching for "inspiring workout videos" on Google or Yahoo you'll find millions of results. In order to save you some time in sifting through YouTube (time that you can devote to your next workout, right?!) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Did any of these videos get you inspired? Jess Barron is LIVESTRONG.COM’s Editor-in-Chief.
Strength-Training Circuit For Distance Runners These eight exercises will help improve general strength and overall body balance. While a consistent running regimen will do a great job of strengthening your legs and lungs, it won’t do much for many of the muscles in the rest of your body. A basic 30 to 45 minute strength-training session once or twice a week will improve overall body balance and help lessen the likelihood of an overuse injury. No need to get fancy: your own body weight, a set of dumbbells, and a stability ball will do the trick. RELATED: The Four Best Strength Training Exercises For Distance Runners Give the session described below a shot. Pull-ups – Using a pull up bar, position your hands slightly wider than shoulder with apart. Single-Leg Deadlifts – Take a 10-20 pound dumbbell in your right hand and stand on your left leg with the knee slightly bent. Pushup Matrix – This exercise utilizes three positions: 1. Plank Matrix – This exercise also utilizes three positions: 1. Burpees – Start in standing position.
Healthy Living Maintenance Today marks our 1 year anniversary. Two weddings, the loss of a Mother, buying our first home, and finishing my Graduate degree. Oh what a year it has been. The thing about our anniversary… well, its the day before my husbands birthday (which means he will never forget it) :) I truly believe that no one is ever too old to bring treats to work for their birthday. I’ve made these before, but did a little differently this time. (2 batches) 2 cups creamy peanut butter2 eggs2 cups sugar (1 cup cup for cup baking stevia + 1 cup brown sugar)2 tsp vanilla extract(optional: mini chocolate to sprinkle on half of batch) I followed the same directions as my other post; oven at 350, line baking trays with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray, roll tbsp+ size balls and place onto trays, then use your fork to make criss-cross marks on your cookies, and lastly- sprinkle on the mini chocolate chips if desired. Are there any special birthday treats you bring into work for YOUR birthday?
Brief workouts for runners: basic core training The aim of this series of 12 columns is simple: to provide short but effective routines on top of your running to make you a better athlete. Last week I discussed the importance of strength and core work for runners, and cited a recent Guardian interview with Mo Farah where he stressed how much he had improved since working more on these areas. This video shows exactly the sort of routines he does, and it is pretty impressive stuff. The plan To start, do this workout once through, two or three times a week, resting when you need to. One-legged deadlifts (bodyweight) x 6 on each leg Holding a kettlebell or dumbbell in one hand, slowly lean forward while standing on one leg (keeping the knee soft). Russian twists x 20 seconds Sitting in a "V position" holding a medicine ball, turn and twist to tap the floor on either side of you. Pikes (using one hand for balance) x 8 on each side Get into a side plank position with the elbow directly below the shoulder and one foot on top of the other.