Running With Gravity

I want to share what I’ve learned so far when it comes to running. The most important thing I’ve learned is that we don’t spend enough time on technique. Swimming is a HIGHLY technical sport. Cycling is also technical. When it comes to running a lot of us beginners only think of running as a pair of shoes and some miles that we’re supposed to put behind us. That’s okay perhaps on shorter runs for health and leisure say up to 5k twice a week but more than that and your asking for trouble. What kind of trouble? I’m talking about overuse injuries from going to hard too quickly. In my opinion running is the most dangerous of the three triathlon sports. It’s also the one I love the most.

Sharing what I’ve learned is one of the ways that makes me feel good. There are a number of people out there who have a thirst or in my case a strong desire for knowledge. That’s the reason I read a lot of articles, research and stories about people’s experience. Now that I’m focused on triathlon I’ve dedicated my spare time, when I’m not tending to my family, working or studying for the CFA exam in June, to learning about all things triathlon.

My approach to life is simple: Do the hard things first. Find out my weaknesses and improve them. Never accept that what I’m doing is good enough, absolute or right. Never accept that the way I do things is good enough, absolute or right. Never believe that I know everything. When I’ve started something finish it. When it comes close to the end FINISH STRONG!

As I get older I have learned a couple of lessons. One that I learned over the past year was

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Curing Plantar Fasciitis

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Has anyone cured Plantar Fasciitis? Please share your story. For me I’ve been dealing with it for 5 months and counting.

It started just after my first ever duathlon last fall. About a month after the race I was still training and training harder than before the race. I was training 6 or 7 mornings a week. I introduced a lot more speed work to my runs such as intervals and hills.

I started to notice a bit of tenderness under my left foot near my arches. It was only a mild discomfort and I thought it might have been how I was resting my feet at work. I thought I was pushing in to the arches and that was causing them to be sore. I decided to wait it out and give it a couple of days to see if it went away. In the mean time I would be conscious of how my feet were at work.

I did a pretty intense hill repeat workout and that’s when the pain really started to happen. I did 30 mins of just hill repeats on a nearby hill that’s about 800m and at a 40 degree grade. During the workout I didn’t experience any discomfort but afterwards

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My (Internal) Engine Overheated

I overheated my engine this morning. Have you ever worked so hard that you vomited? It’s like leaving a car in neutral and on the hottest day let it rev at the red zone for too long until the radiator blows. Well I came very close this morning, my radiator almost blew. It doesn’t happen very often at all. It’s probably been a year since I pushed too hard and felt sick from exercise. I think it starts when the mental doesn’t match the physical. It’s when I thought I could do something but my body just couldn’t keep up. You see I had surgery about 4 weeks ago and was easing back in to the training plan and the workouts. My intension was to take it easy and not overdo it because I know my body is still healing. All the workouts until now have been shorter and lower intensity. It’s worked so far until this morning.

This morning I decided to step up the intensity. As it turned out I did it a bit too much. This morning was supposed to be

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Kale, Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup

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I never envisioned that I would write a post about a recipe but as a friend of mine says “never say never”. I was actually hoping that my wife would put some of her delicious recipes up but that hasn’t happened yet. Maybe that will happen at some point in the future. Here’s a quick recipe that I made last night.

Total prep and cook time: 30 mins.
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Cheap Supplements at vitamart.ca

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I do NOT get any compensation from these guys just to let you know. I had to order a bunch of supplements and I hate how expensive they can be. I checked about 3 stores and numerous online sites. I came across several online, found vitamart.ca and started looking in to them. I’m skeptical of online businesses because how do you know they actually exist? How do you know you’ll receive the products you ordered etc. If there’s a problem how is their customer service?

After checking all the reviews I decided to take the plunge and give vitamart.ca a shot. I ordered on a Wednesday at 2:30pm figuring that they would ship it out the next day. Next thing I know I got an email from Canada Post saying that my package is on the way. It arrived Monday morning. For a pretty large box to arrive in 3 business days was impressive. What’s even more impressive is that for any order over $49, shipping is free. They gave me $10 off my first order since it was my first time and also threw in a free sample of my choice.

That’s not even the best part. It was incredibly cheap compared to everywhere else. I saved about $20 just on the products alone plus the $10 so that’s $30 in savings. I got the products in three days and didn’t even pay for shipping. That’s 21% cheaper than everywhere else!

I ordered a liver flush and kidney flush by Omega Alpha for 17.99 each and everywhere else I checked they were 24.99. I order some PH strips for $2 less than everywhere else and some Lecithin for $3 less.

However I must say favourite part was that the order had a hand written note saying: Thanks for the great order, Christian.

Bottom line, this place saves money and ships quick. I was so impressed I had to spread the word.

VitaMart.ca gets my vote!

Happy training.

Tobogganing is Harder as a Parent

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I remember the days when I used to spend hours on the hills with my friends. Playing, horsing around. We were totally exhausted at the end of the day. We were wet, cold, boots full of snow but we didn’t care. We used to ride down side by side and try to push each other off. We would also build ramps and try to catch some air. Sometimes they worked, other times

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Keep the Training Plan Flexible.

As life gets in the way of my well intentioned schedule I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE ANY TRAINING PLAN WITHOUT NOTICE. Well that’s my new disclaimer to myself. As I gear up for the 2013 race season my plans have been slower than I had wanted – but that’s not a bad thing.

I’ve set out a training plan for myself however I’m only using it as a guideline this year. Flexibility is my motto for 2013 both figuratively and physically. As I’m still a little fatigued from Continue reading

Buying Triathlon Equipment

I’d like to take a minute to talk about the sales process. One of the really cool things about triathlon is the kit, meaning all the expensive equipment we buy to do these races. For some buying and playing with the new toys is as much fun as actually doing triathlons. So when I went to my local store and compared it with some other experiences I’ve had I found that there are two ends to the spectrum. There are two types of sales.

First there is the type that will sell you a product because they want a sale, want revenue and caring about matching your need to their product is secondary in their priorities. I don’t like talking to these types of people, I never get a product that I’m happy with and I always feel ripped off even if I wasn’t.

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Setting Race Goals: add items that are not racing to the list

After setting up the races I want for next year and discussing them with my wife, she reminded me that I had a very busy year planned.

I thought about it and disagreed a little. I thought three races isn’t that much. They’re all about 6-8 weeks apart and it’s only three races!?!? She pointed out that I just had surgery (right parotid gland had a benign tumor removed) Jan 21 and I’m also writing my level 3 CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) in June which is the hardest set of exams I’ve ever written. They have a 40% pass rate for the first two levels.

This wasn’t really to brag but to look at my life holistically. I’ll be adding to my race roll both the surgery and exam. After all, stresses come from all areas of life and all must be thought of. When I look back on 2013 I’ll see everything that I’ve accomplished and be proud of it all and not just my tri efforts.

By the way, this is a great article about planning races in a family/relationship friendly way. Way to go Chad!

http://triathlon.competitor.com/2012/12/training/5-tips-for-planning-a-family-friendly-race-season_68743

Chad’s blog is trifatherhood.com

Tips for beginners

One of our fellow bloggers Tina had asked me if I have any tips for beginners. Well with my beginning so fresh in mind I thought she had a great idea. Here’s my take on what worked and what didn’t work for me leading up to my first race:

Firstly I’d like to discuss the aggressiveness of the training plan. You might say what? Training plan? but I’ll come back to that. The only thing worse than not being prepared for a race is getting injured and potentially not racing. In my opinion it’s better to train a little lighter leading up to the race than not being able to race. One week before the race I had just pulled a hamstring and my ankle was starting to hurt. I was suffering from over training.

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