Whether you come to triathlon as an experienced runner or are new to running, triathlon is not about how well you run but how well you swim, bike and run off the bike. Since running is the last of the three sports on race day, it happens to be where many race day disasters occur such as cramping, GI distress, and exhaustion. Naturally, athletes blame their run fitness on an unfavorable outcome and vow to place a greater emphasis on run training. However, a triathlete’s run performance is directly influenced by [Read more…]
A few days ago, I had a massage and was told I need to relax and allow my muscles to let go. She said, “your muscles are always engaged, even as you lie here you are still tense.” Confused, I replied, “I am relaxed, I just had an hour massage, this is as good as it gets.” The massage therapist suggested more restorative yoga and meditation – to signal my muscles and body to fully relax. If I could somehow achieve this, I’d be a better athlete. This lady had just met me one hour prior but seemed to possess magic powers of looking past the facade and seeing who I really am. Or did my body tell her all of this as I lay there soaking in this amazing hour? Or is she just that good? At any rate, she nailed it, I don’t know how to relax – it’s hard for me. But, I am determined to learn.