Performance Nutrition: Is Stress Ruining Your Diet?

February 18, 2015

From our archives I recently received an email from a colleague who happens to be the CEO of a wellness consulting firm, a certified strength and conditioning coach, and a competitive runner. He said, “Lately my eating seems like it is all over the place. I feel out of control.” He went on to ask if I could recommend a diet or a cookbook to help him. He also added that he had taken time …more »

The Endurance Athlete Weight-Gain Paradox

February 12, 2015

“My scale must be broken!” my sister screamed at me over the phone. She was frantic. “The scale must be broken, right?” She had just finished her third month of training for her first sprint triathlon, and she was not losing weight. In fact, she was gaining weight. To calm her down, I explained my own experience with this phenomenon. In 2006 I was riding upwards of 400 miles a week on my bike — …more »

Breaking Out and Forging Ahead: Stress and Adaptation

January 28, 2015

This year I want to challenge you to do something a little different. Break out of your comfort zone and embrace your New Year’s motivation. I’m talking to everyone out there. I bet you can find an area of your active life that tends to fall into a rut. Perform a little inner reflection. Dig deep, and the regularity is there. Don’t get me wrong. It isn’t always a bad thing to stick with a …more »

Nutrition and Immunity: Stay Healthy Through the Winter Chill

January 22, 2015

Neither rain, nor snow, nor wintry winds keep hearty runners from their beats. Keep your immune system in top-notch shape so you can enjoy outdoor training year round. The status of your immune system might not be the first thing you think about when you get out of bed in the morning, unless you are feeling sick. Let’s face it; if you can’t breathe, you can’t run. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather …more »

Let’s Revisit New Year’s Resolutions

January 13, 2015

New Year’s Resolutions: This year I’m going to do a 5K. This year I’m going to break 18 minutes for the 5K. This year I’m going to get in the pool and do a triathlon. This year I’m going to lose those 20 pounds. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, most people are good at making them, bad at keeping them. You’re not alone; in fact, the average …more »

Getting the Most Out of Your Training: Creativity and Flexibility

November 6, 2014

We all have our excuses as to why we can’t get out the door — especially this time of year. It’s dark and cold. I’ve got to get the kids to soccer. I have too much work. Who’s going to get dinner ready if I go out for a run? Whether it’s family, work, or sometimes just a lack of motivation, there’s always going to be something tugging us back to the couch. So, what’s …more »

Sugar: Friend or Foe?

October 30, 2014

Added sugar is everywhere in the foods we consume. Just look at the back of any package of food and chances are you will find sugar as an added ingredient. Lately sugar, which is a form of carbohydrate, has got a bad rap. But is sugar really a bad thing? Well, the answer is: it depends. Sugar in its composition is a simple form of carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are an important nutrient, especially for endurance athletes. …more »

Laying the Foundation for the Best Season Yet

October 22, 2014

Fall is here. With the exception of the cyclocross season, most cycling, running, and triathlon races are in the 2014 record books. For the majority of us, it is time to put our training schedule away and just swim, bike, and/or run to our hearts content. This is the time to take a month or so to just chill out and enjoy exercise. Your mind and body will get the time they need to regenerate …more »

Taking Time Off

October 7, 2014

Written by Shannon Simmons Across the country, autumn means that marathon season is at its peak, and notably, near 90 percent of all runners who are training for a marathon incur some type of sports-related injury. Women are most likely to have knee injuries related to improper movement patterns that are exacerbated by repetitive movements while men usually have pulled hamstrings from a lack of flexibility. Our bodies are in desperate need of rest. Without …more »